Studebaker convertible returned to the U.S. from Europe

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Each fall, Ypsilanti, Michigan, is the site of the Orphan Car Show, a gathering place that features cars from automakers that no longer exist, or from divisions of Detroit car companies that no longer exist, or from import brands that no longer are available in the American automotive marketplace.

Each year, one of the largest classes in the show is the one comprised of Studebakers, and each year one or two Studebaker Lark Daytona convertibles drive onto the showfield at Riverside Park, and they always draw a crowd. 

Which brings us to the Pick of the Day, a 1963 Studebaker Lark Daytona convertible with an interesting history. The car is being advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by its private owner in Dover, New Hampshire.

The Standard Catalog of American Cars reports that in 1963, Studebaker produced only 1,015 of its Lark Daytona convertibles, making it the rarest of its ilk. The seller adds that of those 1,015 convertibles, only 36 were built for export, and this car is one of them.

“It was located in Holland in 1999 and imported into Germany where work was done to get it ready for the road,” according to the advertisement. In February of 2000 the car was then shipped to the United States.”

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Five years later, the car underwent “extensive” restoration, the seller says. Body stripped, suspension replaced, new engine gaskets and valve job. New interior. The seller has more than 400 photos of the restoration process to pass along to the next owner.

The car has a 6-cylinder, which in 1963 meant a 170cid unit good for 112 horsepower. The engine is linked to a manual transmission.

Everything was going fine until 2017 when “the car was in an accident,” the seller notes. 

However, “It has received more NOS sheetmetal and trim and brought back to pre-accident condition,” the seller says. “Car runs and drives great.”

It just needs a new home.

“Put the top down, reach onto the column, shift into first and enjoy the simplicity of life in 1963 as you cruise along,”

The asking price is $15,999. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. These were cute little cars. The super charged V-8’s were fast as hell and really was an early muscle car. You still see the coupes running at the track in pure stock races.

    • In the late 60’s I had a stock red 1962 Lark Daytona convertible with a V8, bucket seats and factory T-10 4 speed. 62 and 63 Daytona’s were about as identical as 59 and 60 Corvettes. Despite ocassional searches over these past 50 years I have yet to see another 62 or 63 Daytona convertible with a factory 4 speed. I wonder how rare those were.

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