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1963 Studebaker Daytona Wagon: Dad-Friendly


It’s somewhat inevitable that even the staunchest gearhead among us will have to concede defeat and buy a family vehicle if children are in the future. I often think about what I’d purchase that would be safe and spacious but also engaging to drive – inevitably, I start looking at Volvo Turbo wagons or old BMW 5-Series Touring models. But when I spot cars like this 1963 Studebaker Daytona wagon here on eBay with no reserve and bidding just over $2,000, I realize there are endless options for hauling the kids and having some fun while you’re at it. This Studebaker comes with a Hurst 3-speed manual and a 259-cu.in. V8, along with a handsome red interior. It was originally optioned as an A/C car and has a vanity mirror display in the glove box so mom can stay comfortable while dad rows through the gears and makes use of the power brakes in case he has to pull this car over right now! All in all, this Studebaker Daytona has some interesting options and is a charming alternative to typical people carriers – would any of you consider a classic for hauling the kiddos?


  1. Eric

    nice wagonaire

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  2. Blindmarc

    If I still lived out there, I’d be bidding. This appears to be a SoCal car.

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  3. Richard V

    Watch out for that apparently drifting clevis pin on the brake pedal linkage, it appears that it’s about to fall out!

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    • jim s

      very good eye. i wonder what else is about to fail.

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  4. krash

    ….whenever I see one of these Studebaker wagons, what comes to mind is the Matchbox Studebaker Wagon (which came with the little plastic hunter and hunting dog)…

    always loved the sliding roof…Studebaker added some really unique details to their automobiles

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    • Harit Trivedi

      I just had to reply to krash. This was my favorite Matchbox toy model, and I even had two of them with hunter and dog. Since I played with them, these were toys and not collectables, they deteriorated and are out of sight. The other favorite toy was Oldsmobile Toronado by Siku. Ahhh, memories, going back almost 50 years.

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  5. Chris

    nothing worse than a floating clevis pin. i had an uncle who underwent corrective surgery for that…

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    • Horse Radish

      Lol , I hope that that was your uncle’s only worry.

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  6. kenzo

    The 59 caddy convertible in the background looks interesting as well.

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  7. Dow

    As the happy owner of a 93 Volvo 960 turbo wagon, I’d say depunding on your situation you may find yourself beating your head against the “safety” wall. I’m a happy man, but classic cars are on hiatus until the wee ones are a tad older. Happy wife happy life!

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  8. Paul B

    Love it and wish I could bid, but I’m on the wrong coast to make it practical. Drifting clevis pin or not, this would be a kick to drive with the Hurst and that truly bulletproof if heavy Studebaker 259 V8. They were and are great engines.

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  9. Jubjub

    Great for hauling feed for your talking horse! Neat little wagon. Like the later, boxier front end but this one is cool.

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  10. David Menzies

    Here is my people mover of choice

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  11. Bob C.

    I too had that studebaker matchbox and figurines as a child. Man, does that bring back memories.

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