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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! :-)
George Hamlin's 1963 Lark Custom 4-door (63S 25066)...............
Details -
Model:  Custom 4-door sedan
Engine:  
170 OHV 6-cylinder
Transmission:  3-speed Manual with Overdrive  
Other Options:
 Radio, reclining seats, Climatizer
Location:  Fulton MD
Additional InformationGeorge included the following when he emailed these great Christmas-time pictures: "This car was ordered with blue (blue!) exterior and red interior. It looked dreadful, though that was an authorized combination. The change to red is more in keeping with the car's character; it's 1961-2 Blaze, not 1963 Regal, just because I like it better. I also added, some 10 years back, the stainless B-pillar molding that is supposed to be on the car but which someone on the line forgot to install. I always liked the car but didn't realize it was such a Big Deal until one of the International Meets - Indianapolis, I believe - these people came up to it and started mooing 'Oh lookit, it's a 4-DOOR SKYTOP!' They had never seen one.  After that I had it painted; I figured, such a special car deserves better paint. It was originally a dreadful blue-with-red-interior combination, and now it's red all over.'

Webmaster's CommentsGeorge Hamlin is an award-winning automotive author and historian whose subjects include Studebaker, Packard, and Professional vehicles. George also has a stable of very interesting vehicles, including this great Skytop, a restored Zip Van, and a 1951 Boyertown Studebaker 2R6 Delivery Van (link to a TW article on the 2R6: http://www.studebaker-info.org/TW/tw0403/tw0403p07.html). George did not indicate who was playing the role of Santa in these pictures, however. The third picture shows how the reclining seats fold down; George says "I keep it rigged this way all the time. I guess my reasoning is here's a stunt the Avanti, Hawk, convertible, and hardtop folks can't do".  
Pictures courtesy George Hamlin
'63 Custom 4-door pic1 - George Hamlin'63 Custom 4-door pic2 - George Hamlin
'63 Custom 4-door interior - George Hamlin

Bill & Sheila Pressler's 1963 Lark hardtop (63V 5224)...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop
Engine:  
289 R1 V8 (engine number JT1228)
Transmission:  Flightomatic w/column shift  
Other Options:
 R1 engine, power steering, power drum brakes, factory air, tinted glass all windows, AM radio, full wheel discs, bumper guards and winguards, Twin Traction, reclining seats, Climatizer, was built with Firestone 500 whitewall tires per the production order.
Location:  Kent OH
Additional Information - Bill has owned his Skytop since 1988, and had Westmoreland Studebaker restore the car several years ago. Bill noted this about the restoration work: "It was restored to be driven, by Craig Piper of Westmoreland Studebaker in Blairsville, PA, from 6/93-6/95.  I wanted it to be authentic but didn't want to be afraid to drive it.  When I bought the car from Rick Greene of Galena, OH, it was rusty most notably in the inside rear quarters.  You could look in front of the LR wheel and see the red vinyl interior of the car!   It also had a lot of "mud" in the trunk area Craig cut out these old inner quarters and welded NOS from Newman and Altman in." Notably, this car was the first Avanti-powered Skytop built. Much more about Bill's car - including pictures, Production Order, Drive-Away Shipper Form, original owner, etc - can be found on the Avanti-Powered Skytops page. In addition, information about this car's early years can be found on the Skytop Stories page.

Webmaster's Comments - Bill Pressler has been one of the Studebaker Skytop Registry's most ardent supporters, from inception to the present. His research on Avanti-powered Skytops sparked our interest to gather even more information on all the Skytops. Thanks Bill for your support and involvement!!
Pictures courtesy of Dave Arnold and Robert Andrews
'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic1 - Bill Pressler'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic2 - Bill Pressler
'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic3 - Bill Pressler'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic4 - Bill Pressler
'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic5 - Bill Pressler'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic6 - Bill Pressler

For more great pictures of Bill and Sheila Pressler's beautiful Daytona, click here!!

Steve Doerschlag's 1963 Lark 2-door sedan (61V 23790)...............
Details -
Model:  Custom 2-door sedan (F-body)
Engine:  
V8  
Transmission:  
Flightomatic
Other Options:
 
Location:  Eaton CO
Additional Information Initial info about Steve's car was provided by Christof Kheim. After contacting Steve, we were able to connect this to a ‘63 Daytona Custom 2-door Sedan Skytop serial 63V11076  sold on eBay auction #4545072378, April 2005, eBay Seller: hunydnt eBay purchaser: superlark1963. Steve's car is very interesting in that it is a relatively rare '63 Custom F-body (2-door sedan).......made even more rare by being a Skytop car. 
Pictures courtesy of eBay
'63 Custom 2-door pic1 - Steve Doerschlag'63 Custom 2-door pic2 - Steve Doerschlag


Paul & Cheryl Mikkelsen's 1963 Lark hardtop (63V 10567)...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop
Engine:
 289 R1 V8
Transmission:
 4-speed
Other Options:
 TT, PDB, Bucket Seats, A/C
Location:  Aurora NE  
Additional Information Paul has owned this car since the mid-1960s. More information about Paul & Cheryl's car can be found on the Avanti-Powered Skytops page.
Pictures courtesy of Paul Mikkelsen
'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic1 - Paul Mikkelsen'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic2 - Paul Mikkelsen
'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic3 - Paul Mikkelsen


Hershel Johnson's 1963 Lark hardtop (63V 8817)...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop
Engine:  289 R2 V8
Transmission:  
Heavy-Duty Flightomatic
Other Options:  
PDB, tinted glass all windows
Location:
 Upland CA
Additional Information Per the Jet Thrust Roster, Hershel was the Owner of this car as of approximately 8 years ago. The first picture shown below was taken many years ago (1970's?) at one of the National Studebaker Meets. The second picture, provided by Richard Quinn, was published on a calendar. More information about this car can be found on the Avanti-Powered Skytops page.
'63 Daytona hardtop R2 - Hershel Johnson'63 Daytona hardtop R2 - Hershel Johnson


Ted Jones' 1963 Lark hardtop (63V 30419)...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop (body tag 63V J8 2062)
Engine:  
259 V8  
Transmission:  
Flightomatic
Other Options:
 Bucket seats, PS,  undercoating, TT, Climatizer
Location:  Peabody MA
Additional Information Ted has owned this car since 1998; it has had one repaint in its 43,000 miles.
Pictures and Production Order courtesy of Ted Jones
'63 Daytona hardtop - Ted Jones'63 Daytona hardtop Production Order - Ted Jones


Joe & Judy Harris' 1963 Lark 4-door (63V 26870)...............
Details -
Model:  Regal 4-door sedan (body tag 63V-Y4 4000)
Engine:  
V8  
Transmission:  
3-speed manual
Other Options:
 Disc brakes, split reclining seats, head rest
Location:  Blackwell OK
Additional Information Car discussed on SDC Forum, and was for sale. Received an email from Joe Harris on 5-27-08 looking for top material; Joe purchased the car in June of 2008. Currently Joe has no specific plans for the car.
Pictures courtesy of the SDC Forum website
'63 Regal 4-door pic1 - Joe Harris'63 Regal 4-door pic2 - Joe Harris


Gary Williams' 1963 Lark hardtop...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop
Engine:  
289 R2 V8  
Transmission:  
4-speed
Other Options:
 ?
Location:  Wadsworth OH
Additional Information This car was restored in the 1980s by John Metzker (of the Turning Wheels Co-Operator automatic transmission advice fame). Three of the pictures below were taken by your Webmaster at the Springfield MO SDC International Meet in the mid-80's, and show John Metzker in the car. John has promised us a Skytop Story about the buildup of this car, and hopefully some pictures taken during this time period.
Pictures courtesy of Michael Bostedt and Paul Warta
'63 Daytona hardtop R2 pic1 - Gary Williams'63 Daytona hardtop R2 pic2 - Gary Williams
'63 Daytona hardtop R2 pic3 - Gary Williams'63 Daytona hardtop R2 pic4 - Gary Williams
'63 Daytona hardtop R2 pic5 - Gary Williams'63 Daytona hardtop R2 pic6 - Gary Williams


Ben Rew's 1963 Lark hardtop  (63V 3I774)...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop (body tag 63VJ8-3238, plus SUN ROOF streamer tag)
Engine:
 modified V8
Transmission:  
Powershift
Other Options:
 PDB, PS
Location:  Florida
Additional Information Ben's Skytop is a really nice modified car with a lot of surprises. Shiny underhood area, neat custom interior, some cleanup on the back end of the car, and a stout259 that has been bored and stroked to 301 cubic inches. Ben says the car was saved from a repair shop in California by Mike Myers of Ohio, and "Mike sold the car to me because he didn't  want to sell me the 62 convertible I was painting for him".  Be sure to check out the YouTube video link at the bottom of the pictures!!
Pictures courtesy of Paul Warta
'63 Daytona hardtop pic1 - Ben Rew'63 Daytona hardtop pic2 - Ben Rew
'63 Daytona hardtop pic3 - Ben Rew'63 Daytona hardtop pic5 - Ben Rew
'63 Daytona hardtop pic6 - Ben Rew

Cool Extra:  click HERE to watch a YouTube video of Ben Rew's Skytop!!


Skytop Mystery - 1963 Custom 4-door sedan...........
Details -
Model:  Custom 4-door sedan
Location:  Southern Virginia in the 1970's
Webmaster's CommentsWe just had to include these pictures here, even though this car is not currently accounted for. WHY? Because we have some really neat pictures of the car in the 1970s (check out the rare-today Aero-Strut hubcaps) taken in southern Virginia by Leonard Shepard. This car has to be one of the prettiest Skytops built, and would be a great car to own today. Someone obviously cared a lot about this car in the '70s, so hopefully it still exists, just waiting for some Skytop fan to uncover it. 

If anyone recognizes the car in the pictures and can fill in the history (and hopefully the current whereabouts) please contact us at webmaster@studebakerskytop.com
Pictures courtesy of Leonard Shepard
'63 Custom 4-door - Jack White'63 Custom 4-door pic2 - Jack White


Paul & Michele Warta's 1963 Lark hardtop (63V 31447)...............
Details -
Model:  Daytona 2-door hardtop (body tag 63V J8 2112)
Engine:  
289 R1 V8  
Transmission:  
Powershift
Other Options:
 TT, PDB, A/C, rear swaybar/traction bars    
Location:  Kernersville NC
Additional Information Paul & Michele have owned this car since 2003, but have know about the car since the early 1980s. In the early '80s, it was owned by Hal Lewis of Greensboro NC. Paul considered purchasing this car in the early '80s when looking for his first Studebaker, but purchased a '64 GT Hawk R1/full package car instead. Paul says: "Once I found out more about Avanti-powered Studebakers and the Skytop option, I kicked myself for not purchasing the car when I had the chance."  Hal Lewis sold the car to Denny Conrad in Virginia, and Paul tried his best to keep up with the car. Finally in the late 1990s Denny decided to sell the car, and Paul was finally able to add it to his collection. The car is a decent 20-footer, and parts are being collected for a full correct restoration; until then, it shares daily-driver duties with a '54 Champion 4-door sedan.

More information about Paul & Michele's car can be found on the Avanti-Powered Skytops page.
Pictures and Production Order courtesy of Paul Warta; Retail Sales Card courtesy Bill Pressler
'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic1 - Paul Warta'63 Daytona hardtop R1 pic2 - Paul Warta
'63 Daytona hardtop R1 Prod Order - Paul Warta'63 Daytona hardtop R1 Sales Record - Paul Warta




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