1964 Studebaker Daytona R1 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

Fully restored with multiple awards to show for it

1964 Studebaker Daytona R1 – Today’s Tempter
1964 Studebaker Daytona R1 – Today’s Tempter

From 1959 to 1966, Studebaker’s mainstream compact offering of the time was the Lark.

By 1964, the third-generation of the chassis, the Lark name had largely been phased out of catalogues and a bevy of model derivations were marketed as the Commander, Daytona and Cruiser.

For 1964’s facelift, the Studebaker compacts gained a full-width grille, flat bonnet, roof and boot, and new tail lights.

The 1964 ‘Daytona’ name denoted a four-door sedan body, and engine options included a Power Thrust 259 V8 as standard, with an R/1 Avanti Jet Thrust V8 and the R/2 Power Plant available as an option on all Studebaker models.

The 1964 Studebaker catalogue also suggests that the Avanti R/4 Super Performance package was also available per special order, however with the marque’s South Bend facility closing the year prior, just one Studebaker Daytona escaped the factory with the big 304ci motor.

This left-hand drive Bordeaux  Red 1964 Studebaker Daytona bears its original optional Avanti R/1 Jet Thrust V8, mated to a four-speed overdrive automatic transmission.

It’s reportedly in immaculate condition, and full restored with multiple awards won.

It’s fitted with air conditioning from factory, sleeper seats, push button radio and climatizer, and presents like new and in show-winning condition.

It has a genuine 62,000 miles on it, and is on offer for $50,000.

The car is based in Western Australia and you can check out the full listing here!


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