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Page 1 - 1961 and 1962 Cars

Quick Link to "Page 2 - 1963 Cars"

The three Skytop Pictures pages are a 'first shot' at presenting the huge number of Skytop images that have been collected in the past 5 years. If the image was provided by a specific person or Internet source, that is noted with the picture. On most images, the smaller image can be clicked to open a new window with a larger sized image.

Of course, any Skytop contributions are always welcome!! Cars you own, cars you owned years ago, ads, factory photos, etc. If you have an image to contribute, please email us at  webmaster@studebakerskytop.com


Viewing hints: the pictures that have a bright blue border around them can be double-clicked to bring them up in a large format. After viewing the picture, to get back to this page, use your browser's 'back' arrow. (There is a way to make these open in a 'new' window, but we haven't figured that out yet! :-)

Al Reed's 1961 Lark hardtop (61V 12666)...............
Details -
Model:  Regal 2-door hardtop
Engine:  
289 V8
Transmission: 
Other Options:
 Twin Traction, Power Disc Brakes
Location:  San Anselmo CA
Additional Information - this is a really striking car, slightly modified with power disc brakes, a '64 289 V8 engine, and '64 wheelcovers. We first became aware of this car when it was auctioned on eBay; only later did we find its owner. In October of 2008, Al provided some great pictures of his car taken on vacations in the western US. Al says: "The first one is above Donner Lake, CA. The second is the Arch rock entrance to Yosemite CA, and the third is at Olmstead point on Tioga road in Yosemite park with half dome peaking over the rocks. As you can see, I drive the car all around CA." 
Al Reed's '61 Lark hardtopAl Reed's '61 Lark hardtop pic2
Al Reed's '61 Lark hardtop interiorAl Reed's '61 Lark hardtop pic 3
Additional pictures provided by Al Reed in October of 2008:
'61 Lark Regal hardtop - Al Reed
'61 Lark Regal hardtop at Arch Rock - Al Reed1961 Lark Regal hardtop at Olmstead Point - Al Reed


Fred & Nora Gooch's 1961 Lark four-door (61V 23790)...............
Details -
Model:  Regal 4-door sedan (body tag 61V W6 2432)
Engine:  
259 V8  
Transmission:  
Flightomatic
Other Options:
 PS, PB, individual front seats, undercoating, Climatizer, clock, electric w/s washers, backup lights, radio
Location:  Tuscon AZ
Additional Information Assembled 4-10-61; Production Order says "TAG COURTESY CAR".  Repainted in 2000, mileage 53,750 in Jan 2006.
Pictures and Production Order courtesy of Fred Gooch
'61 Lark 4-door front - Fred Gooch'61 Lark 4-door rear - Fred Gooch
'61 Lark 4-door engine - Fred Gooch'61 Lark 4-doo Prod Order - Fred Gooch


Vincent Meyer Jr's 1961 Lark hardtop (61S 26745)...............
Details -
Model:  Regal 2-door hardtop (body tag 61S J6 1366 plus separate 'sunroof' tag)
Engine:
 170 6-cylinder
Transmission:
 Flightomatic
Other Options:
 F&R bumper guards, hood ornament, backup lights, PS, TT, Climatizer, radio
Location:  Hewitt NJ  
Additional Information Not yet fully restored, but a very nice driver. Previously repainted in original color; this car is undergoing a gradual restoration. New seat and side upholstery, new carpet, and partial headliner. New vinyl sunroof material. Three new fenders (right front still original) installed, soon to receive its third paint job.

Vincent's Story - "I have been a member of the Studebaker Drivers Club since 1970 and a Studebaker owner for more than forty years. In the Fall of 1994 I read an advertisement for a Studebaker Lark with a factory sun roof. An affordable Skytop was too tempting to ignore. The 1961 Lark VI Regal hardtop had obviously spent too much time outdoors and unprotected. The leaking original roof and a broken window regulator resulted in a very shabby interior. The grille panel and both bumpers were damaged. The engine ran, but with a leaking water pump, loud exhaust, and a flat tire, there would be no test drive. When the seller offered to deliver the car, I had to say yes. My Skytop has been undergoing a slow, but steady, improvement program ever since. The most challenging part of the restoration was the sun roof. Local upholstery shops were reluctant to work on it or even provide an estimate. Eventually I tackled the job myself and, while not 100% authentic, it looks good and is functional again."
Picture and Production Order courtesy of Vincent Meyer Jr.
'61 Lark hardtop - Vincent Meyer'61 Lark Production Order - Vincent Meyer


Ralph Banghart's 1961 Lark hardtop...............
Details -
Model:  Regal 2-door hardtop
Engine:  
170 6-cylinder
Transmission:  
3-speed manual
Location:
 Washington NJ
Additional Information Ralph purchased this car (along with a 1961 Lark 6 station wagon) from a local farmer. Cars had been used by the farmer and had been sitting many years before Ralph bought them. According to Ralph, Skytop has rustout from the doors to the driveshaft hump, and interior is in shreds. Ralph says this may be only a parts car. Ralph runs 'The Studebaker Sanctuary', an auto repair business he started in the 1970s. Ralph enjoys pre-war cars most, currently owning 3 1936 Dictators.
Picture courtesy of Ted Cronce
'61 Lark hardtop - Ralph Banghart


Fred & Nora Gooch's 1962 Lark hardtop (62S 16644)...............
Details -
Model:  Regal (converted to Daytona trim) 2-door hardtop (body tag 62S J6 711)
Engine:  
289 V8  
Transmission:  
Flightomatic
Other Options:
 reclining split seats, right side headrest, A/C, undercoating, Climatizer, radio
Location:  Tuscon AZ
Additional Information Changed from 6 cylinder to V8, and changed from Regal to Daytona…..probably in the 1970s.
Pictures courtesy of Fred Gooch;  Production Order and Drive-Away Shipper Form courtesy of Richard Quinn
'62 Daytona hardtop rear view - Fred Gooch'62 Daytona hardtop front view - Fred Gooch
'62 Daytona hardtop Prod Order - Fred Gooch


Joe & Marie Fay's 1962 Lark hardtop (62V 2615)...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop (body tag 62V J8 124)
Engine:  
259 V8  
Transmission:  
Flightomatic
Other Options:
 PS, undercoating, Climatizer, electric w/s washer, radio
Location:  Naperville IL
Additional Information Joe and Marie's Daytona is totally restored, and all body panels and chrome have been replaced. The only original item left exposed is the actual body, anything bolted on was replaced when the restoration was performed. Joe and Marie have owned the car since 1985. Joe is also heavily involved in the Checker Club.

Joe's Story -
FACTS - "Originally purchased by Katherine Kearns, of Hyde Park, New York at the Studebaker-Packard Zone Office in New York City. She sold the car to her brother-in-law George Hanley in 1971 of Watertown, Mass. Mr. Hanley sold me the car in 1985. My car has received a total restoration. I have put about 25K miles on the vehicle. When purchased it had 75K. All body panels and chrome have been replaced. The only original item left exposed is that actual body, anything bolted on was replaced when restoration was performed. I have been a member of the Studebaker Drivers Club for twenty years. I actively drive this car during good weather. It's been driven cross country to shows and regularly driven in the morning commute to Chicago. Several weeks ago the Skytop was rented by Clint Eastwood for use in his up and coming movie Flags of Our Fathers [see picture below of Joe's car on the film set - Webmaster]. The film will be released summer of next year."
HOW FOUND - "This vehicle was advertised in the Want Advertiser Trader of Boston, Mass. The ad ran for quite some time. The ad stated that it had a sunroof. Many members of the Studebaker Drivers Club saw the ad, but assumed it was a hacked up affair created by a teenager. Still to this day I am surprised how many Studebaker experts ask me if the roof is original. My brother and I decided to take a look at it. We knew about Skytops but were skeptical about its originality, but when we actually saw the car, it was clear it was the real deal. Mr. Hanley was also selling his sister-in-laws VW Beetle with a sunroof. Mrs. Kearns clearly had a thing for sunroofs."

Pictures courtesy of Joe Fay and Richard Quinn; window price sticker courtesy of Joe Fay
'62 Daytona hardtop at fountain - Joe Fay'62 Daytona hardtop on movie set - Joe Fay
'62 Daytona window price sticker - Joe Fay'62 Daytona hardtop at car show - Joe Fay


Studebaker National Museum's 1962 Lark hardtop...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop
Engine:  
V8  
Transmission:  
?
Other Options:
 ?
Location:  South Bend IN
Additional Information Current information on this car is sparse, to say the least. If anyone can supply better pictures, serial / body / engine numbers, options, etc, we will add this information - Webmaster
'62 Daytona hardtop - Studebaker National Museum'62 Daytona hardtop - Studebaker National Museum


Joseph Barrier's 1962 Lark 4-door  (62V 10069)...............
Details -
Model:  Deluxe 4-door sedan (body tag 62V Y4 2163)
Engine:
 259 V8
Transmission:  
3-speed manual
Other Options:
 reclining split seats, oil filter, undercoating, Hill Holder, Climatizer, backup lights
Location:  New Prague MN
Additional Information Joe purchased this car in June 2009 from Robert Andrews of Parish NY. When Robert purchased it in 2008, a lot of work has already been completed, and many NOS parts came with the car. Note the picture of the firewall, showing the factory SUN. ROOF 'streamer' tag. Robert provided a great story about finding this car and getting it home, here.
Pictures courtesy of Robert Andrews
'62 Lark 4-door - Robert Andrews'62 Lark4-door on dolly - Robert Andrews
'62 Lark 4-door dash - Robert Andrews'62Lark 4-door Production Order - Robert Andrews
'62 Lark 4-door streamer - Robert Andrews'62 Lark 4-door top - Robert Andrews

For more information about how Robert found his former Skytop, click here!!


Steve Gottfried's 1962 Lark 4-door...............
Details -
Model:  Regal 4-door sedan (body tag 62S Y6 6494)
Engine:  
170 six-cylinder  
Transmission:  
Flightomatic
Other Options:
 
Location:  Kitchner Ontario Canada
Webmaster's Comments Steve's Lark is such a beautiful car that we have added more pictures than usual. Some of these pics are 'picture postcard perfect' shots, as you will see. Steve's Skytop restoration is unusual in that it is not a hardtop body style.
Pictures courtesy of Michael Bostedt, Leonard Shepard, and Robert Andrews
'62 Regal 4-door pic 1 - Steve Gottfried'62 Regal 4-door pic 2 - Steve Gottfried
'62 Regal 4-door pic 3 - Steve Gottfried'62 Regal 4-door pic 4 - Steve Gottfried
'62 Regal 4-door pic 5 - Steve Gottfried'62 Regal 4-door pic 6 - Steve Gottfried
'62 Regal 4-door pic 7 - Steve Gottfried'62 Regal 4-door pic 8 - Steve Gottfried
'62 Regal 4-door pic 9 - Steve Gottfried


Robert Andrews' 1962 Lark hardtop (62S 19891)...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop (body tag 62S J8 805)
Engine:  
170 six-cylinder  
Transmission:  
Flightomatic
Other Options:
 
Location:  Parish NY
Additional Information Robert is one of our 'multiple Skytop owners'..........having both this Daytona hardtop, and a '62 Regal 4-door. Current plans are to use this top on another rust-free '62 Daytona hardtop that Robert owns; the motive power could be a R2 supercharged V8 with a 4-speed transmission! Hopefully Robert will keep us posted on his progress.

This car could also hold the record for the most owners over the last 4 or 5 years.......it has been owned by Kent Fedor, Steve ("The Madd Doodler") Grant, Joseph Molnar, and now Robert Andrews. Any more owners that we missed??
'62 Daytona hardtop - Bob Andrews'62 Daytona hardtop pic 2 - Robert Andrews
'62 Daytona hardtop pic 3 - Robert Andrews'62 Daytona hardtop pic 4 - Robert Andrews


Lee & Mary Blair's 1962 hardtop  (62V 1752)...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop (body tag 62V J8 103)
Engine:  
259 V8  
Transmission:  
Flightomatic
Other Options:
 PS, A/C, TT, disc brakes
Location:  Sand Springs OK
Additional Information Nicely modified, beautiful car, won 1st place in 3 National Meets -  Estes Park CO, Springfield MO, & Austin TX

Webmaster's Comments - This was the very first Skytop that I ever saw, at the SDC National Meet in Springfield MO in the mid-1980s. I was stunned by this beautiful car - the paint, beautiful interior, the Skytop. Several of the images below are pictures I took at that meet. The pictures of this car do not do it justice - those who have seen it in person know what I mean.
Pictures courtesy of Michael Bostedt and Paul Warta
'62 Daytona hardtop pic 1 - Lee Blair'62 Daytona hardtop pic 2 - Lee Blair
'62 Daytona hardtop pic 3 - Lee Blair'62 Daytona hardtop pic 4 - Lee Blair


Milt & Lois Larson's 1962 Lark hardtop  (62V 5597)...............
Details -
Model:  Regal 2-door hardtop (body tag 62V J6 308)
Engine:  
259 V8  
Transmission:  
3-speed manual with Overdrive
Other Options:
 PS, A/C, TT
Location:  Omaha NE
Milt's Story Original owner was the proverbial 'little old lady' who died and I bought it from her estate. The car was always serviced by the Studebaker dealer in Union NE, which is still in business. The car has around 50,000 original miles; most of the paint is still original with a few chips.
Pictures courtesy of Milt Larson
'62 Daytona hardtop pic 1 - Milt Larson'62 Daytona hardtop pic 2 - Milt Larson


Karl Goret's 1962 Lark hardtop  (62S 28419)...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop (body tag 62S J8 7305)
Engine:  
170 six-cylinder  
Transmission:  
Flightomatic
Other Options:
 power brakes
Location:  Ellezelles, Belgium
Additional Information Karl Goret is the founder and first President of the French - Belgian Amicale Studebaker Club, and an ex-Studebaker dealer.
Pictures courtesy of Karl Goret
'62 Daytona hardtop pic 1 - Karl Goret'62 Daytona hardtop pic 2 - Karl Goret




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