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Lot 379
1965 Studebaker Daytona Sport Sedan


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection


• 397 out of 400 points at the Studebaker National meet
• National Concours award winner
• 1 of just 1,627 Sports Sedans for ’65
• A pleasing white exterior over red leather

4.6-liter 282.4 cid V-8 engine, 195 HP, Borg-Warner three-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 108”

Studebaker first introduced their “Lark” cars in 1959 and, with the help of industrial designer Brooks Stevens, was able to keep the model line afloat for longer than what most predicted. Stevens’ first major update would come in 1962 with a redesign in the body and interior, bringing in more of a modern look and feel. Keeping most of production at home in South Bend, Indiana, a massive sales slump would hit and cause Studebaker to close their Indiana doors in December of 1963. All production would be moved to Studebaker’s Canadian plant in Hamilton, Ontario where changes were on the horizon. Before the shutdown in the U.S. would happen, Stevens would introduce a new streamlined design series that would change the appearance of the vehicles entirely. With sales still slipping, 1965 saw the Daytona convertible, hardtop, and four-door sedan models be discontinued. Aside from the Wagonaire, the only other 1965 Daytona model offered was the vinyl-roofed two-door sports sedan. The Sport Sedan was favored over everything else offered in 1965, but still, only 1,627 would be produced, making them rare to see today.

Born 57 years ago, this 1965 Studebaker Daytona Sport Sedan presents better today than it did when it first rolled out of the factory. A testament to its older restoration, this Sport Sedan scored an amazing 397 out of 400 points at the Studebaker National meet, as well as a National Concours award. The exterior’s smooth white paint and black vinyl top are in wonderful condition and pair nicely with the dark red leather interior. Performance is supplied by a 4.6-liter 282-cubic-inch V-8 engine that is backed by Studebaker’s classic Borg-Warner automatic transmission. A low production and proven restoration that has held up very well over the years, this ’65 Studebaker Daytona Sport Sedan is mechanically sound and ready to be enjoyed by its next owner.

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