Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1963 Studebaker Daytona Convertible Found Broken Down On The Side Of The Road

Fred Oliver was driving down the road near Provincetown, MA. when he spotted this red ’63 Daytona convertible with its hood up on the side of the road. He decided to stop and get a few shots, and fine ones they are.

It’s obviously someone’s pride and joy, but it’s not exactly earning that pride today.


The rear end of the ’62-’63 is a bit busy. Brooks Stevens is responsible for the restyle on these, and he didn’t exactly have much of budget to work with.

The Stude’s maw is open, and ready for ministrations, whatever it is that might be needed.

It’s a bit hard to know exactly which version of the Studebaker V8 this is. There were no less than five available. The standard V8 was a 180 hp two-barrel 259, with a 195 hp four barrel version optional. Then came a 210 hp 289, whose power was upped to 225 with a four barrel carb, which is clearly visible here. But I’m not 100% certain that’s the original carb and air filter. One of our resident Studeophiles will likely know.

In 1963, the “R” versions of the 289 were also available. The R1 had a somewhat more aggressive camshaft, 10.25:1 compression ratio, dual point distributor, dual valve springs, a heavier crank damper and a larger Carter AFB four barrel carb increased power from 225 to 240 hp, still at 4500 rpm. Max. torque was 305 @3000 rpm.

The supercharged R2 was essentially the same, but with a lower 9.0:1 CR, and of course the Paxton supercharger. Initially, Studebaker did not publish output numbers for the R2/3/4, but due to issues with sanctioning bodies they were later. The R2’s published hp rating was 290 @5200 rpm.

Then there’s the very limited production R3/4, which had special heads and were bored out to 304.5 c.i.

There’s no “R” badges on this Daytona, so it didn’t come with one from the factory with one. Quite likely it’s a 289, possibly upgraded to make comparable to the R1. Or perhaps it’s a bit warmer than that.

It’s backed by the B/W T-10 four speed manual. This is a tasty Stude, with fine interior for the times.

Black and white makes a great interior combo. Whether the exterior red is original or resale red is another open question.

So what’s the most likely culprit for its non-running status?


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