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1964 Studebaker Daytona Convertible Very Rare Indeed

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When was the last time that you saw one of these? I am pleased to present this 1964 Studebaker Daytona Convertible. This car has been beautifully restored and was quite a pleasure to drive with it's 259 V-8 motor. Finished in white with red vinyl interior and white top, this Studebaker is quite rare with only 703 examples produced with only 417 produced in the US (this one being a US produced car).

This car is well documented with original owners manual and also includes a copy of the original build sheet (see picture). The build sheet shows that the car came from the factory with:

- 64VL84248 - decodes as 2 Dr. Convertible with V8 (the engine VIN tag shows 355 which I believe is the 355th convertible built)
- 13 - Painted in Astra White
- 14 - RV - Red Vinyl Interior
- 15 - White Convertible Top
- 19 - Flight O Matic
- 38 - Power Steering
- 39 - Power Brakes
- 43 - Individual Reclining Seat
- 51 - White Sidewalls
- 60 - Climatizer - heater and defroster
- 66 - Radio Push Button
- 70 - Undercoating
- X79 - Wheel Disc (hub caps)
- X81 - Belts

The current owner has done an excellent job maintaining this car. Recently, he has done the following:

- New top cylinders (power top works great)
- Brakes gone thru to include drums, linings, master cylinder and wheel cylinders
- Re-chromed bumpers
- 100% exhaust replacement
- Power steering pump rebuilt
- Carb rebuilt
- Added electric fuel pump
- Heater re-cored
- New water pump
- Trans was rebuilt in 2000

The odometer shows 18,000 (more likely 118,000 miles) but miles since restoration is unknown.

A Brief History of this Car

According to the owner (and the build sheet), this car was originally delivered in Florida. At some point early in it's life, it resided in California, South Carolina and then Michigan where it was restored. It now resides in Illinois.

Useful Links

* To rear a super article about the Daytona Convertible complements of Hemmings Classic Car, click here

* To visit the Studebaker Drivers Club Website, click here

Specifications - Standard Model (some facts may not apply to this particular car)

Base Price: $2,797


Type: OHV V-8, cast-iron block and cylinder heads
Displacement: 259 cubic inches
Valvetrain: Solid lifters
Main bearings: 5
Fuel system: Stromberg WW6 2-bbl
Lubrication system: Full pressure
Electrical system: 12-volt


Type: Flightomatic 3-speed automatic, column shift
Ratios 1st: 2.40:1
2nd: 1.47:1
3rd: 1.0:1
Reverse: 2.0:1


Type: Hypoid, semi-floating
Ratio: 3.31:1


Type: Saginaw recirculating ball, power assist
Ratio: 18.2:1
Turns, lock-to-lock: 4.4
Turning circle: 37.5 feet


Type: Hydraulic, power assist
Front: 11.5-inch disc
Rear: 11-inch drum

Chassis & Body:

Construction: Box-section ladder frame with separate steel body
Body style: Five-seat, two-door convertible
Layout: Front engine, rear-wheel drive


Front: Independent, coil springs with upper and lower unequal-length A arms, anti-roll bar, tubular shocks
Rear: Solid axle, four-leaf semi-elliptic springs, tubular shocks

Wheels & Tires:

Wheels: Steel, 15 x 4½ inches
Tires: 6.00 x 15 inch 2-ply

Weights & Measures:

Wheelbase: 109 inches
Overall length: 190 inches
Overall width: 71.5 inches
Overall height: 54.7 inches
Front track: 57.37 inches
Rear track: 56.56 inches
Curb weight: 3,320 pounds


Crankcase: 6 quarts
Cooling system: 15 quarts
Fuel tank: 18 gallons
Gearbox: 18 pints
Rear axle: 2.5 pints


1964 Daytona Convertibles-703, of which 647 were powered by V-8s, and 55 by straight-sixes

What did Hemmings have to Say about the Value of this Car?

In the June 2009 issue of Hemmings, the magazine highlighted the 1962-1964 Studebaker Daytona convertible and valued it at between $16,000-$18,000.

1964 Studebaker Daytona Convertible - Super Rare - Beautifully Restored

Even with the Top Up - It Looks Great

Restored Red Vinyl Interior - Super Shape

259 Powerplant and Some Great Original Insignias as well as a Copy of the Original Build Sheet

Some Underside Shots as well as Wheel Well Pics which are Normally Pretty Rough - These Appear Very Solid

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In Summary

- A very rare Studebaker indeed

- Very nice overall condition - exterior, interior, engine, chrome etc.

- Unless you are going to a Studebaker gathering, I"ll bet you'll be the only in attendance with one of these

- Car currently has bias ply tires - owner will swap out for radials if buyer desires radials

- Car drives great and burns no oil

Vehicle Condition - - I have personally inspected, photographed, and driven this Studebaker. I can say with first hand experience that this car is in very nice condition with a nice amount of original documentation. If you like to stand out in a crowd of Chevelle, Mustangs, Corvettes etc, this is the right car. Please note that my comments should not take the place of an inspection. I am not an expert but an enthusiast and I did not conduct any type of mechanical inspection.

Please feel free to ask questions prior to bidding. I will make sure to get every questions answered in a timely basis.

I invite and encourage any interested party to inspect this car in Oak Brook Terrace, IL. and determine for yourself that this car is in super condition. Seeing, hearing and driving will give you all the information you need to make a decision - just don't wait too long. No disappointments here.

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This item is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied unless there is a warranty in effect from the factory. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected this item, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the item.

Buyer is responsible for cost of shipping but seller may be able to assist in arranging shipping. I can be reached at (630) 567-0066 to discuss the item.

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