1964 Studebaker Daytona Convertible
1964 Studebaker Daytona Convertible
Studebaker billed its 1964 models as "Different by Design." Thanks to the designer Brooks Stevens' genius, they received a disguise clever enough to make them look brand new. Front fenders, hood, deck lid, and sculptured roof panel sported new sheet metal, and the result was a handsome, crisply styled car, bearing little resemblance to the earlier models. The Lark name did not appear on any of these cars, though in some of the promotional material the title was used in connection with the less expensive models.
For consignment, a cool cat from 1964 in the embodiment of a restored Studebaker Daytona. She's got great paint, snappy chrome trimmings, a new interior and a snazzy new white convertible top. 76,180 miles, 1 of 703 convertibles made for 1964 model year. Show your taillights to other production sedans of the time.
This convertible version is looking all spiffed up in beautiful blue and showing no rust on the straight steel panels minding their gaps. From the front bumper, to the angled inward front egg crate grille in chrome, flanked by dual headlights, to the trim spear on the beltline, and the arrow style tail lights with another mirror like bumper below, all chrome is excellent. Windows are all trimmed with chrome, and glass is clear as the day it rolled off the factory floor. The white convertible top is new according to the consigner, and the rear plastic is perfectly clear. Standard 15-inch wheels and thin whites complete the package.
Swing the door and we are stepping back in time with faux stitched tan vinyl in square and tuck and roll pattern, along with some shiny thin trim to break it all up for your eye and vertical tuck and roll for the bottoms of these doors. Slipping inside, we are in near showroom condition heaven, with more tan vinyl split front bench vertical tuck and roll for the seats and square for the backs. Original tan padded topped dash with a black face for the instrument cluster which is a lineup of 4 round gauges. Fronting this dash is a spiffy white and blue steering wheel that matches the exterior. A tan bench in the same pattern is stretching across the back, and a tan tonneau covering buttons up the look for the interior. Black carpeting floods the floors. I'll let you in on a secret, the interior is all new! Also, for the passenger a vanity mirror is available in the glovebox so your seat cover can check her bouffant under the bandanna when the top is down.
A nice clean 259ci V8 providing 180 horses, is within a newly cleaned and painted engine bay. Slight rust is noted on the intake manifold but is minor. A single two-barrel carburetor sits atop, and a 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive is behind the 8 banger. Yellow valve covers and all supple rubber hoses are also looking groovy.
Underneath looks great with little surface rust, solid frame, solid floor pans, and solid rockers…solid! Gracefully aged overall, and independent coil springs upfront, and leaf springs for the rear, as well as front and rear drum brakes.
This little baby fires right up, idles like a dream, and a pull of the tree shifter, and we're off like a prom dress. Our test track was no match for this Daytona, which lived up to its namesake with nice cruising, good acceleration, excellent handling, and a good experience. All functions were functioning, and frankly I did not want to put this car down, as playing with it was really fun! Plus, for once I looked cool…I think! Two frowns I noticed were reverse lights were inoperable, and the horn did not blow, so I had to get out of the car and go to the door of my date's house.
An excellent example of the 1964 Studebaker Daytona, well-kept and restored to a nice condition. There is little wrong with this car, and a piece of automotive history for a company that had been in business for years, and was soon to be no longer, however their designs and innovations live on to this day. Check it out, and if you so desire, take her home with you… do it on a Lark…actually it's a Daytona!
12834-Sequential Unit Number
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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