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  • 1964 Cruiser Production with R2?

    I have seen a lot of questions on how many R powered cars, but none for the 1964 Cruisers. I have a R2 version that origionally came with the HD auto column shift, buckets etc, and haven't seen another.
    So how many brothers did this car have? Steve

    small part of Studebaker heaven in Central Kentucky

  • #2
    According to the Feb. '93 Turning Wheels article on '64 Lark-types, there were eight '64 Cruisers built in the factory with R2. Only two of these had the complete Super Performance Package.

    Yours is a very rare car indeed!

    Coincidentally, the Service Manager at my local Studebaker dealer, Carl E. Filer Co., Greenville, PA, had a new '64 R2 Cruiser with the complete Super package (he had one of the two). I never saw it, but the fellow is still with us and has told me much about it. It was black with red cloth buckets, Powershift, rear seat speaker, and "Certified" speedometer, all from the factory. It was serial number 64V-14402. Would sure love to find it; but he drove it 'til around 1970 and in northwestern PA, the chances of it having survived aren't very high (sigh), even though he said the body was "still pretty good" when he sold it.

    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
    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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    • #3
      According to the Feb. '93 Turning Wheels article on '64 Lark-types, there were eight '64 Cruisers built in the factory with R2. Only two of these had the complete Super Performance Package.

      Yours is a very rare car indeed!

      Coincidentally, the Service Manager at my local Studebaker dealer, Carl E. Filer Co., Greenville, PA, had a new '64 R2 Cruiser with the complete Super package (he had one of the two). I never saw it, but the fellow is still with us and has told me much about it. It was black with red cloth buckets, Powershift, rear seat speaker, and "Certified" speedometer, all from the factory. It was serial number 64V-14402. Would sure love to find it; but he drove it 'til around 1970 and in northwestern PA, the chances of it having survived aren't very high (sigh), even though he said the body was "still pretty good" when he sold it.

      Bill Pressler
      Kent, OH
      '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
      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

      Comment


      • #4
        Is yours #5459, or 10795 ?

        JDP/Maryland
        64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
        64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
        63 Lark 2 door
        58 Packard HT
        56 Golden Hawk
        52 Starliner
        51 Commander
        39 Coupe express
        39 Coupe express (rod)

        JDP Maryland

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        • #5
          Is yours #5459, or 10795 ?

          JDP/Maryland
          64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
          64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
          63 Lark 2 door
          58 Packard HT
          56 Golden Hawk
          52 Starliner
          51 Commander
          39 Coupe express
          39 Coupe express (rod)

          JDP Maryland

          Comment


          • #6
            [quote]Originally posted by JDP

            Is yours #5459, or 10795 ?


            My car is 64V5459
            Horizon Green
            HD Flightomatic
            R2
            Power steering
            Disc brakes
            Bucket seats reclining
            HD springs F&R
            White Sidewalls
            Dunlop tires
            Tinted glass windshield only
            Climatizer
            Radio AM/FM
            Undercoating
            Wheel Disc
            Serv Retail Delivery
            Electric Windshield washer
            Rear Speaker
            Twin Traction
            Belts L&R
            SOLD RUSH
            unfortunately AM/FM is crossed off by hand and 66 Radio Push is hand typed in.
            Delivery on Sept 26th
            Final Assembly 9/11/63
            Body #944
            Sent to Placerville California
            Customer George W. Pine
            built with JTSJ309

            Current engine is JTS1610

            Engine rebuilt by Darrel Dye (worked on R series at Studebaker?) titled still to his estate.
            Steve Hinshaw and Bob Kapteyn are previous owners. I bought in 2001.

            small part of Studebaker heaven in Central Kentucky

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            • #7
              [quote]Originally posted by JDP

              Is yours #5459, or 10795 ?


              My car is 64V5459
              Horizon Green
              HD Flightomatic
              R2
              Power steering
              Disc brakes
              Bucket seats reclining
              HD springs F&R
              White Sidewalls
              Dunlop tires
              Tinted glass windshield only
              Climatizer
              Radio AM/FM
              Undercoating
              Wheel Disc
              Serv Retail Delivery
              Electric Windshield washer
              Rear Speaker
              Twin Traction
              Belts L&R
              SOLD RUSH
              unfortunately AM/FM is crossed off by hand and 66 Radio Push is hand typed in.
              Delivery on Sept 26th
              Final Assembly 9/11/63
              Body #944
              Sent to Placerville California
              Customer George W. Pine
              built with JTSJ309

              Current engine is JTS1610

              Engine rebuilt by Darrel Dye (worked on R series at Studebaker?) titled still to his estate.
              Steve Hinshaw and Bob Kapteyn are previous owners. I bought in 2001.

              small part of Studebaker heaven in Central Kentucky

              Comment


              • #8
                Sounds like a pretty sweet ride to me~ it's even painted the right color!!!

                StudeDave [8D]
                V/P San Diego County SDC
                San Diego, Ca

                http://www.studebakersandiego.com

                '54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
                '57 Parkview (she's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
                '57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
                '57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
                '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
                '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
                StudeDave '57
                US Navy (retired)

                3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
                SDC Member since 1985

                past President
                Whatcom County Chapter SDC
                San Diego Chapter SDC

                past Vice President
                San Diego Chapter SDC
                North Florida Chapter SDC

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                • #9
                  Sounds like a pretty sweet ride to me~ it's even painted the right color!!!

                  StudeDave [8D]
                  V/P San Diego County SDC
                  San Diego, Ca

                  http://www.studebakersandiego.com

                  '54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
                  '57 Parkview (she's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
                  '57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
                  '57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
                  '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
                  '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
                  StudeDave '57
                  US Navy (retired)

                  3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
                  SDC Member since 1985

                  past President
                  Whatcom County Chapter SDC
                  San Diego Chapter SDC

                  past Vice President
                  San Diego Chapter SDC
                  North Florida Chapter SDC

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Man, that does sound like a sweet ride! I like the light Horizon Green too, although I've heard that's not a good resale color, but who cares in a car so otherwise desirable! At least it's not white like so many Studes of that era (mine included) are!

                    Bill Pressler
                    Kent, OH
                    '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
                    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

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Man, that does sound like a sweet ride! I like the light Horizon Green too, although I've heard that's not a good resale color, but who cares in a car so otherwise desirable! At least it's not white like so many Studes of that era (mine included) are!

                      Bill Pressler
                      Kent, OH
                      '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
                      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

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Looks like there was only one other R2 Cruiser with AT on the column.

                        JDP/Maryland
                        64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
                        64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
                        63 Lark 2 door
                        58 Packard HT
                        56 Golden Hawk
                        52 Starliner
                        51 Commander
                        39 Coupe express
                        39 Coupe express (rod)

                        JDP Maryland

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Looks like there was only one other R2 Cruiser with AT on the column.

                          JDP/Maryland
                          64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
                          64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
                          63 Lark 2 door
                          58 Packard HT
                          56 Golden Hawk
                          52 Starliner
                          51 Commander
                          39 Coupe express
                          39 Coupe express (rod)

                          JDP Maryland

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            One has got to wonder why the original owner specified HD Flightomatic in a car that has bucket seats? I could understand if the car had bench or split-bench seats.

                            Sometimes I think things like that were mistakes by the dealer personnel filling out the order form. I used to see new Chevy Caprices loaded but with blackwall tires, Pontiac Bonnevilles and Chevy Monte Carlos and Camaros with bucket seats and column-shift with no console, etc. (console was a separate option)...those gotta be a "goof"!

                            Bill Pressler
                            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

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              One has got to wonder why the original owner specified HD Flightomatic in a car that has bucket seats? I could understand if the car had bench or split-bench seats.

                              Sometimes I think things like that were mistakes by the dealer personnel filling out the order form. I used to see new Chevy Caprices loaded but with blackwall tires, Pontiac Bonnevilles and Chevy Monte Carlos and Camaros with bucket seats and column-shift with no console, etc. (console was a separate option)...those gotta be a "goof"!

                              Bill Pressler
                              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

                              Comment

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