PDA

View Full Version : want skytop lark



tailfins
12-18-2009, 05:23 PM
looking for a driver or easy resto project w/factory sunroof
415 2971226

58PackardWagon
12-18-2009, 11:04 PM
These cars are very tough to find and do not come cheap.

57 & 58 Packards and Larks

StudeRich
12-19-2009, 12:50 AM
AND... I have never seen one that rare, put to the task of daily driver! Certainly NOT in the last 20 years, and definitely NOT now! :(

There cannot be 20-25 in driving condition IF that, on the planet! [:p] [^] And that includes [u]ALL</u> of them: '61, '62 and '63! [:0]

StudeRich

Bill Pressler
12-19-2009, 06:04 AM
quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

AND... I have never seen one that rare, put to the task of daily driver! Certainly NOT in the last 20 years, and definitely NOT now! :(

There cannot be 20-25 in driving condition IF that, on the planet! [:p] [^] And that includes [u]ALL</u> of them: '61, '62 and '63! [:0]

StudeRich


This reminds me of something I don't think I ever posted here. Maybe five months ago, the grandson of the original owner of my '63 Skytop emailed me--had seen the car on the Studebaker Skytop website (www.studebakerskytop.com) with mention of the original owner's name. He wanted to buy the car for his grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary coming up. I really was not in a position to want to sell it then (although might in a couple years when daughter Kelsey needs college $$!). I threw out an admittedly-high price and the grandson said politely, no thanks. Maybe a month later, I get an email from the grandfather himself (original owner, now age 73) wanting to buy the car if I could come down a bit on price! He lives now in Phoenix and wanted to sell one of their daily drivers and use the Skytop as a daily driver! He had never had an old car before. I politely told him the downsides of an old car as a daily driver--felt I owed it to him to at least mention them--and even my reduced price was more than he wanted to pay (still I was on the high side I think), and he got wondering about the daily-driver thing.

He said he and his wife would be back east in 2010 and would like to swing by and at least see the Skytop. I told him they'd be most welcome here, but if he comes I am calling the local paper 'cause I think it's a neat story. They traded the car in in around '66 on a new Ford wagon...they outgrew the Lark.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

(edited for spelling)

Invalid User Name
12-19-2009, 06:22 AM
Thanks for a great story Bill.


Doug
Venice, Florida
1950 Champion
9G F1
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m15/w4jdz/Stu-1.jpg

r1lark
12-19-2009, 06:34 AM
quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

AND... I have never seen one that rare, put to the task of daily driver! Certainly NOT in the last 20 years, and definitely NOT now! :(

There cannot be 20-25 in driving condition IF that, on the planet! [:p] [^] And that includes [u]ALL</u> of them: '61, '62 and '63! [:0]

StudeRich

I drove mine every day (84 miles round trip on interstates) for about a 18 months, until my wife bought a new Edge earlier this year (then her Durango got filtered down to my youngest son, and I got my '93 Jeep Grand Cherokee back&lt;G&gt;). Even remember driving it in the snow which is a rarity in NC.

One good thing about daily driving is that it spurred me to fix the little minor things that you don't worry about in "once-and-a-while" driving, but bug the heck out of you when driven daily.

So, the car is no worse for wear and tear, and actually is in better shape due to the minor repairs.

Paul
Winston-Salem, NC
Visit The NEW Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

58PackardWagon
12-19-2009, 08:59 AM
I know 4 Skytop owners, plus the one I have. I am not willing to sell mine. I just got it last June. I will send you a private email. I know of one for sale in Colorado.

57 & 58 Packards and Larks

53k
12-19-2009, 09:24 AM
I guess I was way ahead of Skytop time. I bought a 22,000-mile '63 Daytona hardtop skytop in DC in the mid-80s for $100. It was pretty rusty (though it did have new front fenders), the interior vinyl was poor and it had been sitting for a long time. I got it running and driving pretty easily. Took it to the Indianapolis International Meet- couldn't sell it for $800. Took it to York- couldn't sell it for $500. Finally sold it to Chuck Naugle for $200. He took it to AZ just to cut off the Skytop- scrap the rest.
It was a strange car- red with black and white interior Daytona hardtop, but was a six, three speed (no overdrive), only option was a Climatizer (small hubcaps, still had the original 6.00x15 blackwalls.



Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%20broken%20circle.jpghttp://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%201-1-08%20002.jpghttp://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%201-1-08%20004.jpghttp://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%201-1-08%20006.jpg

mbstude
12-19-2009, 09:37 AM
Ben Rew in Florida has a red '63 Daytona HT Skytop. He drives it everywhere. In 2007, he put 20K miles on the clock including a drive from FL to South Bend for the national meet. He owns a paint/body shop and gives it a fresh coat of Regal Red every few years. :)

It's a very nice car that he isn't afraid to drive. After all.. That's what they're for.

Matthew Burnette
Your Friendly Stude Trim Bender
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/th_mouldinnnnn001-1.jpg

bams50
12-19-2009, 11:21 AM
A local guy has a Nova with one of those tops. It was a factory option, and being a Chevy, it's easier to find parts for it. Looking at it in person it's quite a bit different from the Golde top Stude used. Still, it's adaptable... anything can be done;)

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag1-1.gif
GOD BLESS AMERICA

Bill Pressler
12-19-2009, 05:48 PM
quote:Originally posted by 53k

I guess I was way ahead of Skytop time. I bought a 22,000 '63 Daytona hardtop skytop in DC in the mid-80s for $100. It was pretty rusty (though it did have new front fenders), the interior vinyl was poor and it had been sitting for a long time. I got it running and driving pretty easily. Took it to the Indianapolis International Meet- couldn't sell it for $800. Took it to York- couldn't sell it for $500. Finally sold it to Chuck Naugle for $200. He took it to AZ just to cut off the Skytop- scrap the rest.
It was a strange car- red with black and white interior Daytona hardtop, but was a six, three speed (no overdrive), only option was a Climatizer (small hubcaps, still had the original 6.00x15 blackwalls.



Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%20broken%20circle.jpghttp://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%201-1-08%20002.jpghttp://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%201-1-08%20004.jpghttp://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%201-1-08%20006.jpg


I have a Studebaker News dealer magazine from '63 (not handy; I'll have to look for it to get the exact month) where Studebaker gave away several Daytona Skytops as prizes. The photos showed all to have blackwalls and dog-dish hubcaps. I have to wonder, Paul, if yours was one of the prize cars. It's hard to imagine that anybody would order a strippo with Skytop.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

bams50
12-19-2009, 06:21 PM
The 62 Skytop 4dr. I sold to Joe B. last summer was a V8 3-spd/ no O/D, base interior, no radio, small caps- no extras except deluxe door panels... And the Skytop[:0]

Still, plain Jane or not, it's a sweet car[^]

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag1-1.gif
GOD BLESS AMERICA

Milaca
12-19-2009, 06:37 PM
I hope to have enough money saved up for when Bill Presler decides to sell his car. I'd rather drive that than my '63 Hawk as I think the '63 Daytonas fit my personality better. [8D]

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2671/4149448710_41d6dfe9bc_t.jpg
Lark ala mode
In the middle of Minnesota

Roscomacaw
12-20-2009, 06:02 PM
There's the Daytona Skytop here in Visalia. I could have bought it four times over just a decade ago. It was one of those situations where when I WANTED to buy it - it wasn't for sale. Then when I'd decided against it - it WAS for sale. Finally, a friend bought it after I told him where it was, on a bottom-dollar used car lot. Ever since then it's been stuck it in his garage. It's been hiding there ever since. And I'd bet a buck to StudeDude's donut, that it'll never take to the road until it belongs to someone else one day.;)

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

53k
12-21-2009, 07:37 AM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

There's the Daytona Skytop here in Visalia. I could have bought it four times over just a decade ago. It was one of those situations where when I WANTED to buy it - it wasn't for sale. Then when I'd decided against it - it WAS for sale. Finally, a friend bought it after I told him where it was, on a bottom-dollar used car lot. Ever since then it's been stuck it in his garage. It's been hiding there ever since. And I'd bet a buck to StudeDude's donut, that it'll never take to the road until it belongs to someone else one day.;)

Bob, don't you know- he's going to restore it some day (I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard that)?



Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%20broken%20circle.jpghttp://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%201-1-08%20002.jpghttp://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%201-1-08%20004.jpghttp://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/Copy%20of%201-1-08%20006.jpg

JBOYLE
12-21-2009, 10:32 AM
Wanna make a bet the original poster never checks back to read your comments?

He left a phone number, he wants us to call him when we have something.
I see it all the time on the AACA Forums.


63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

Roscomacaw
12-21-2009, 12:01 PM
Paul,

You're probably right in your predictions, but this particular fella has gone out of his way to save some Studes that would otherwise have gone to the crusher. He's even passed alot of stuff my way, just for the taking. So it's tough for me to be too critical.

John, I'll bet you're right. ;)

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

r1lark
12-23-2009, 07:58 AM
A teaser pic of a Skytop. What's unusual about this pic??
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Miscellaneous%20Pics/64DaytonaHardtop64V18486withSkytopp.jpg

Research continues on this car........

Paul
Winston-Salem, NC
Visit The NEW Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

52-fan
12-23-2009, 08:41 AM
Is the steering on the right?

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s186/52-fan/StudebakersofArkansas2-1.jpg"In the heart of Arkansas."
1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas

scott.rodgers
12-23-2009, 10:39 AM
No Skytops in 64...

Scott Rodgers
Los Angeles
SDC Member since 1989
'60 Lark HT
'63 Wagonaire
'66 Frankenbaker

barnlark
12-23-2009, 10:54 AM
Well, someone has one. [8D]

scott.rodgers
12-23-2009, 11:24 AM
Prototype? Special order? Executive car?

Scott Rodgers
Los Angeles
SDC Member since 1989
'60 Lark HT
'63 Wagonaire
'66 Frankenbaker

Bordeaux Daytona
12-23-2009, 08:07 PM
I wondered why there was no Skytop for 64, I figured it was because it wasn't a good seller or that there wasn't enough room because of the crease towards the rear of the roof.
I guess that car proves it could have been done.
Please post the other picture again Paul, that car looks awesome!
John V.

Swifster
12-23-2009, 11:18 PM
When I get to the body work I might have to check on one of those tops for my Daytona. Anyone have the demensions for the factory Skytop?

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tom - Mulberry, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2161.27)

1964 Studebaker Commander 170-1V, 3-speed w/OD (Cost to Date: $623.67)

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/01-01-05TheStartingPoint.jpg http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/07-17-07FrontClipRemoved.jpg

58PackardWagon
12-24-2009, 09:18 AM
Roof must of come off of a donor car for this one.

57 & 58 Packards and Larks

go-studebaker
12-24-2009, 04:52 PM
Hi,
there was a 64 Daytona Hardtop with a skytop for sale in Holland. It was a reasonable car with a typical body with some rust issues but not too bad for 75k km on the clock. It was for sale for around 7.5k Euro

It would probably be a cheap option.

Regards
Greg

Greg Diffen
Australian Stude nut living in Warwick, United Kingdom

1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 Dutch delivered
1937 Dicator sedan. Australian Body by TJ Richards
1939 Packard Seven Passenger monster UK delivered
1939 Commander Sedan Australian Body by TJ Richards
1939 Commander Swiss Cabriolet by Lagenthal
1961 Hawk
1963 Daytona Hardtop
1988 Avanti Convertible