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1963 R2 Super Lark Daytona convertible eye candy at 2017 Mecum Indy auction (my dream car!)

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  • #16
    Originally posted by studefan View Post
    Nels,

    Is this the black one from Pennsylvania? I've owned it since 1983 and lived in PA many moons ago. Has 35,000 miles and Bob Palma sat it in when new on the dealer lot.

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    Hmmm, I don't know. When I saw it I seem to remember a little rust on the front fenders and I was thinking it had less than 10k miles. I forget the interior color and I remember the fellow that owned it was a farmer...I think. Late seventies or early eighties sounds about right though.I do know it was not a package car.
    Yours sure looks nice!

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    • #17
      I was looking at the Mecum website, https://www.mecum.com/lots/SC0517-28...a-convertible/
      in hopes of finding some history of this car but found nothing, however I found it interesting that they give an estimated value of $90,000-100,000!
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      In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.

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      • #18
        The '63 Lark Convertible going through the Mecum sale is Lot #F195. That means it will be the 195th vehicle to cross the block Friday, May 19th. That's a pretty good position, around mid-day.

        I have e-mailed my Media Contact person at Mecum and asked her to check that Lot Number to see if she can determine the Serial Number from the consignment paperwork, that I have been asked to authenticate the car. I'll post here anything I find out. BP
        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

        Ayn Rand:
        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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        • #19
          Milaca: My grandfather bought it new and I've been riding in it for 54 years. Can't sell it! My price would be unreasonably high! (69K miles, original upholstery...)

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          • #20
            My Mecum contact advised me that the Serial Number on Lot #F195, this 1963 Convertible, is 63V8546. The original engine number was JTS1228. I do not know if that engine block is still in the car, but the number is now out there for anyone interested.

            Our 1963 Production Records indicate the following: 63V8546 was built as an R2 convertible with heavy-duty Flightomatic. It was originally Regal Red. Optional equipment included bucket seats, disc brakes, and Twin Traction.

            It cannot be an authentic Super Lark because it was built 'way before Full-Package 1963 Larks and Hawks, true Super Studebakers by the company's own definition, were available. Further, it was built without heavy-duty springs or shock absorbers, with which it would have been equipped had it been a Super Lark.

            That said, it is good to know that it was orginally an R2/automatic car. If it checks out as nice as it looks, it could be a good buy for someone who wanted an authentic R2 1963 convertible. BP
            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

            Ayn Rand:
            "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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            • #21
              Thank you for the information Bob. By the way, do you believe the floor shift is not original to this car?
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              In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Milaca View Post
                Thank you for the information Bob. By the way, do you believe the floor shift is not original to this car?
                Correct, Brent; the car would not have originally had a floor shifter. That wasn't available until about five months after this car was built.

                Since it was built with column-shift, heavy-duty Flightomatic, the conversion wouldn't have been as difficult as if it had been a manual-transmission car. We don't know if someone installed a true Powershift transmission or made the Powershift configuration work on the original heavy-duty Flightomatic that was already in it. BP
                We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                Ayn Rand:
                "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                • #23
                  Funny the engine number was JTS-1228. The engine number in my former '63 Daytona Skytop R1 was JT-1228.
                  Bill Pressler
                  Kent, OH
                  (formerly Greenville, PA)
                  Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                  Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                  1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                  1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                  All are in Australia now

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                  • #24
                    Coming up for auction this Friday! Perhaps Bob Palma will buy it, I can picture him expanding his collection to include every model of 1963 Daytona in black.
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                    In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.

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                    • #25
                      Will this be televised live?

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                      • #26
                        This Daytona presents very nicely, although with as readily available as production orders are, one might have thought it would have been built as the production order. The '64 fender badge would just slap me in the face every time I got into the car. This is not a big thing--you heard it here!--but that's why the restorer should've gotten it right! It's not a big thing, but it might be a big thing to correct.
                        Bill Pressler
                        Kent, OH
                        (formerly Greenville, PA)
                        Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                        Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                        1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                        1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                        All are in Australia now

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