1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona convertible, part of the 1962-1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona line of collectible cars.
1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona convertible

The 1962-1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona hardtop and convertible were the sportiest models in Studebaker's aging compact line, introduced for 1962 along with a major reskinning by stylist Brooks Stevens -- who again accomplished wonders for South Bend on a minimal budget.

The more flowing body lines for 1962-1963 were set off by a Mercedes-style square grille. For 1964, styling became more straight-edged and crisper, and a neat inverted-trapezoid grille was used. Underneath it all, however, was the basic bodyshell first seen in the 1953 Champion/Commander series.

The top-line Daytona offered front bucket seats, center console, and (from 1963 on) full instrumentation. Reclining front backrests and a floor-mounted stick shift were optional, as was an interesting folding cloth sunroof for 1962-1963.

Offered with both six- and eight-cylinder engines, everything from the ancient L-head six, which had been finally updated to overhead valves for 1961, to the hot R-series versions of the 289 V-8 (though very few found their way into Larks). Studebaker's declining sales volume make these models quite rare today -- and they're quite good cars at that, with a useful combination of performance and economy.

Pluses of the 1962-1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona Hardtop and Convertible:
  • Economical collector-car buy
  • Size, character still appropriate
  • Ragtops' low production

Minuses of the 1962-1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona Hardtop and Convertible:

  • Usual Studebaker rust propensity
  • Spotty fit and finish on '62s
  • Somewhat hard to find

Production of the 1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona Hardtop and Convertible:

  • 2-door hardtop: 8,480 (includes Regal models)
  • Convertible: 2,681
Production of the 1963 Studebaker Lark Daytona Hardtop and Convertible:
  • 2-door hardtop: 3,763
  • Convertible: 1,015
Production of the 1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona Hardtop and Convertible:
  • 2-door hardtop: 2,414
  • Convertible: 703

Specifications of the 1962-1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona Hardtop and Convertible:
Wheelbase, inches: 109.0
Length, inches:
188.0/184.0/190.0 (1962/1963/1964)
Weight, pounds: 2,765-3,320
Price, new:
$2,308-$2,843

Engines for the 1962-1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona Hardtop and Convertible:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8232.6 cid
120
1952
ohv V-8259 cid
180-1951962-1964
ohv V-8289 cid
210-3351962-1964
ohv V-8 (Supercharged)
289 cid
2901963-1964
ohv V-8 (Supercharged)
304.5 cid
3351964

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