Sunday, 31 March 2013

1963, Cars: Studebaker Wagonaire


The Wagonaire model was introduced by Studebaker in 1963 as part of the Lark model range. From 1964 on, the Lark name was dropped and the car was known as Studebaker Wagonaire. The car featured a retractable sliding rear roof section that allowed the vehicle to carry items that would otherwise be too tall for a conventional station wagon. The roof was designed by industrial designer Brooks Stevens.
A Wagonaire could seat six passengers but with an extra rear-facing third-row seat, which was available as an option through 1965, the number of passenger seats was eight. Two engines were available a L6 and a V8 (Daytona version). The 1964 models, which were built only in Canada after December 1963, were the last to carry Studebaker's own engines. Beginning with the 1965 models, General Motors supplied engines based on the Chevrolet L6 and V8. Production of all Studebakers ended in March, 1966, a total of 20,000 Wagonaires were build between 1963 and 1966.

Studebaker Lark Wagonaire 1963
Studebaker Wagonaire Daytona 1964
Studebaker Wagonaire 1966
Studebaker Wagonaire 1964 Advert
Studebaker Lark Wagonaire 1963 Advert

Studebaker Lark Daytona Wagonaire 1963 TV Ad

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