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1965 Studebaker Daytona

After Studebakers South Bend plant shut its doors in late 1963, Studebaker dropped all Avanti, Hawk, Challenger, Daytona Hardtop, Daytona Convertible, and truck production. To 'replace' the sporty Daytona models from 1964, for the 1965 model year Studebaker unveiled the Daytona 'Sports Sedan', which was basically a 1964 two-door sedan in Daytona trim with a special vinyl roof. The Daytona Sports Sedan was equipped with a GM sourced V8 and standard bucket seats. Only 1,626 Sports Sedans left Studebakers Hamilton, Ontario factory for 1965.
The Studebaker Lark Daytona was produced from 1959 through 1966. The Lark and Lark-based variants were the bulk of the range produced by Studebaker after 1958. The Lark name was gradually phased out of the company catalog during the early 1960s, beginning with the 1963 Cruiser. In early 1964, Lark-based models were being markets under Daytona, Commander and Cruiser nameplates. Production would continue until 1966, when the Studebaker Company ceased automobile production.

The Datyona version had bucket-seats and center consoles. When introduced, the Daytona replaced the Regal as the top-trim convertible and hardtop, although Regal versions of these body styles were still available.

For 1963, the Daytona gained a Wagonaire body style, adding to the convertible and hardtop options. The Daytona's received new side trim that started as a narrow molding on the front fenders and widened toward the rear.

For 1964, Studebaker added a four-door sedan to the Daytona lineup. Pricing ranged from $2830 - $3500 and was available with either an overhead valve six-cylinder engine or V8 powerplants.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2011
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