Great Colors and Unique Looks
This Daytona is nicely accented by good and quite likely very rare brightwork and trim unique to the Daytona convertible. Up front, the large and imposing Studebaker grille boldly carries the company logo in the lower right corner. Twin headlamps were all the rage for the 1960s and the Daytona was right in style with Detroit’s “Big Three.” At the rear, this very rare Daytona carries its large bumper and the Studebaker name spelled out across the trunk lid. Choice styling updates for ’63 were courtesy of renowned industrial designer Brooks Stevens, helping to extend the Lark’s production cycle.
Excellent Colors and Very Nice Presentation
Further attention to this Daytona’s high-quality restoration is found in the red and white two-tone interior with a split bench seat and new red carpet. A smartly designed dashboard allows for quick viewing of all gauges at a glance and no car from the 1960s is complete without a push-button AM radio. The Black canvas convertible top is as-new, and this Daytona still retains its Red top-boot cover.
Correctly Restored Engine and Engine Bay
Driving this Daytona is easy thanks to a three-speed automatic transmission. The black canvas convertible top is new, and this Daytona still retains its boot cover for parades. Power comes from Studebaker’s 259 cubic-inch overhead valve V-8 rated at 138 horsepower. The engine compartment is well detailed with correct colors, hoses, and clamps. A dual master cylinder has been added for safety and a dual exhaust allows for spirited performance. The Daytona was not a big car and rode on a 109-inch wheelbase, but its superb styling made it an attractive car for 1963.
Open-Air Enjoyment With Startling Rarity
This Daytona comes with a 1962 Lark Owner’s Manual, plus parts catalogues and Studebaker Club literature included.
Although Studebaker never saw the end of the 1960s, the cars the company left us with are some of the most interesting, with a die-hard collector and enthusiast following. The company’s demise ended only after building cars for over six decades and serving as one of the foundational members of America’s automotive industry. Selling new for $2,678, this Daytona represents an era where style and reliability came together to offer a great car at a good price. With only 1,015 built, it’s a rare and desirable classic car that’s sure to turn heads wherever it goes.