View Full Version : Cool or Dorky?

06-06-2018, 02:32 PM
O.K. -- when I bought my 1964 Daytona about a year ago it came with a rear window venetian blind which was not installed -- but the base brackets on the rear parcel shelf were left installed.

The car was delivered new in New Mexico and spent most of its life there -- so having the blinds made sense.

This afternoon I put the blind in to see what it would look like -- I learned in the process that the easy way to install one of these is to take the slats out of the vertical brackets and install the brackets first and then put the slats back in -- I fumbled briefly with the whole unit but it quickly became clear that would not work.

Anyhow -- the question is -- does the car look cool or dorky with the blinds? I'm excluding the votes of anyone under 12 -- my grandsons were not thrilled with the addition.

Opinions please!

06-06-2018, 02:36 PM
JMHO: In a 2 Dr. Hardtop it would be dorky, in a 4 Door Sedan, ...acceptable. ;)

Lou Van Anne
06-06-2018, 03:02 PM
It's ok with me....

06-06-2018, 03:11 PM
Well, I'm 58 years past 12 and I vote that they stay.
I had a 68 Plymouth Satellite 2 Dr Hardtop with a sunscreen in the rear window. From the outside it was shinny silver color and from the inside it was black and easily seen through. On a trip from Phoenix to South Bend in 1976 we were traveling through Oklahoma when a State Trooper took notice and followed us for miles. He finally pulled along side and peered through the car at the back window. Upon seeing that there was good vision OUT, I guess he was satisfied and continued on his way. Chances are he had never seen anything like it in Oklahoma while in Arizona they were very common.

06-06-2018, 03:35 PM
Fine with me.

Jerry Forrester
06-06-2018, 03:44 PM
I don't care and neither should anyone else. It's your car and only your opinion matters.

Commander Eddie
06-06-2018, 03:50 PM
Actually, I like them. Must be especially nice for folks sitting in the back seat on a hot day.

06-06-2018, 03:50 PM
Looks great and correct for those who did not have the funds to go AC in 1964...and for that rear seat lean back...it is the coolest thing ever! Just think how many more of those rear seat tops would have survived with those installed!

06-06-2018, 03:54 PM
I don't care and neither should anyone else. It's your car and only your opinion matters.

Amen to that Jerry, that's my opinion exactly.

06-06-2018, 03:55 PM
Dorky. And I always thought they were dorky, even when growing up as a 9 to 14 year old in the 50s. But I think at shows a lot of people would think they are a great period accessory. Bill, you only got my opinion because you asked.

cultural infidel
06-06-2018, 04:33 PM
I really like them! If my wagon ever sees the road, I would love a set in it

06-06-2018, 04:48 PM
I used to hate the look, but the practicality of them changed my mind. Years ago I passed on buying some for my 52 Starlight rear window. Later, I realized the blinds would have been a good addition. I even wondered how hard it would be to make some for my 2 door sedan.

Chris Pile
06-06-2018, 06:11 PM
Cool. No doubt about it.

Big Smooth
06-06-2018, 06:52 PM
Cool is my vote!

06-06-2018, 06:58 PM
I like them. Keep them because they're a practical and unique accessory.

06-06-2018, 07:34 PM
I'd love to have a set for my 52 Starlight here in Phoenix.

06-06-2018, 08:16 PM
Cool. The uniqueness is eye-catching and a great conversation starter. Oh yeah, they're functional, too!

06-06-2018, 09:15 PM
JMHO: In a 2 Dr. Hardtop it would be dorky, in a 4 Door Sedan, ...acceptable. ;)

DITTO, but more than acceptable. I like em in the sedans. Very Kooool.

06-06-2018, 09:22 PM
Cool. I've got them in my '54 brand C, love em'.

06-06-2018, 09:47 PM
Dick in the Ozarks bought my 1966 Cruiser some years ago with those blinds installed. I wasn't sure I liked them when I first bought the car, but I came to like them and appreciated the vintage look and the fact it cut down direct sunlight into the back seat.

06-06-2018, 10:08 PM
I have mixed emotion. I too have a 64 but a Cruiser in Blue. Since I live in Southern Ca I want a set. Like has been sad when I was young I thought they were goofy looking but now appreciate them for what the are. I agree they will cut down on the hot sun on the back seat and heating up the interior when the car is closed.

Thanks for posting the detailed pictures. I would definitely leave them in!


06-06-2018, 10:32 PM
even in Oregon they are cool ,be proud,I would be

06-06-2018, 11:30 PM
The blinds are period kewel and still are today plus they serve a function!

06-06-2018, 11:44 PM
Imho, it's one of those "If ya have to ask..." questions.

06-07-2018, 12:27 AM
I never remember seeing those in the day but maybe WA is not the right climate. I like the look.

06-07-2018, 05:22 AM
I too am with Jerry on this one.

06-07-2018, 10:24 AM
I always wondered if you had to dismantle the whole thing to clean the inside of the glass. If these don't make noise when the windows are rolled down, I sure would keep them.
The rear window of my Hawk still bears the trace of a anti mist/fog screen which was another common accesory in the days.
Nice day to all.

06-07-2018, 10:27 AM
As a rear passenger in my youth, I remember the sun being quite hot if shining into the back window. Plus for shade.
As a driver I would find the shade distracting and blocking and I would hate it. Neg for shade.

06-07-2018, 10:32 AM

If they look cool on the outside of a Mustang....
They look cool on the inside of a Daytona!


Jessie J.
06-07-2018, 11:47 AM
Super dorky. In the late '60s as a teen, I'd have tossed 'em in a minute. ... but now, being in my late '60s, these things have magically transformed into Super Duper COOL! perfect 1960s accessories for a trip down Studebaker Memory Lane.
Make's me wish I still had my '65 Cruiser.

06-07-2018, 07:29 PM
These are "fixed" slats, so they do not move in any turbulence. They are level horizontally, so they do not interfere with any rear vision. They DO reduce the sunlight entering the passenger compartment; reducing not only passenger discomfort but also upholstery fade. And I just think they have "KOOL" factor. ;):D
I have them in my '51 Starlight.73073 And a simple cotter pin permits easy removal to clean the window interiors.73074

Given availability, wouldn't hesitate to install them in others.
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06-07-2018, 07:38 PM
I never heard them rattle in my Cruiser when any windows were down. They were very solid.

06-08-2018, 12:52 AM
It's one of those special items that will set your car apart from all the other four door cars. I think tat at a car show, or cruise night it will help garner attention from non-Studebaker folks that otherwise would have little interest.

06-08-2018, 08:52 AM
Sure looks like a shady deal to me.
You bet I'd leave it.

06-14-2018, 04:59 PM
I like it on my 65 Cruiser.


06-14-2018, 05:48 PM
toss them if you want to get one more mile per 1000 gallons of gas....otherwise keep them in there. You never know what you might want to do in the back seat that you don't want someone seeing you do.