1962-1963 Studebaker Lark Daytona
Pains of owning defunct manufacturer’s model are considerable due to severe lack of parts, but so are gains. Only lucky few (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it) are able to display their extremely scarce and obscured possession across local and national car shows. Studebaker owners are the prime example.
While Avanti goes for more than $20,000 on average, independent automaker’s compact Lark costs around $5,000 or $6,000. Thing is, Larks aren’t that scarce and neither are they special. Apart from being endangered like their extinct company was during early sixties, that is. This is where Lark Daytona comes in. A top tier Lark offering which became a nameplate of its own after Studebaker closed their South Bend Assembly in late 1963. Actually, Studebaker started phasing out the Lark name during compact’s second generation years. Apart from Daytona which served as top tier nameplate for 2-door convertibles and hardtops, there was also Cruiser which served as top tier 4-door sedan.
As of 1963, Lark Daytona lineup included a Wagonaire 2-door station wagon as well. Powertrain options weren’t lacking either. Lark Daytona could have been ordered with the base 170ci inline-six or no less than four different V8’s. Strongest of these was 4-barrel 289ci making 225 horsepower. Standard 3-speed manual and optional 3-speed automatic were available across the board, while floor-shifted 4-speed manual was reserved as a V8 option. Today, you can have them for $14,000 on average with state-of-the-art specimens warranting up to $24,000.