1964 Studebaker Daytona




Back in the fall of 1964 my Dad traded in his 1963 Ford Pickup on a near new 1964 Studebaker Daytona. It was Black with the 259 cu in V-8 and Borg Warner "Flightomatic" Transmission. A very nice ride indeed. We always went on a yearly camping trip and this year we found ourselves in the Kootenay region of BC. Such places as Christina Lake, Kimberley and Skookumchuck just north of Cranbrook were visited. On the way back home we headed through Kaslo, Sandon and New Denver enroute to the Needles Ferry which proved to be more challenging then it was today with better, wider roads. Back then in BC we had excellent roads and the Social credit government of the day sunk alot of time, money and effort in ensuring British Columbians could get around in their vast province.

View Point for the Canadian Rockies


Somewhere in the BC Rockies where Evergreen trees rule the landscape


One thing about these cars was the thicker metal (18 Gauge) they used in the bodies. You could lean on the fender and no dents would occur. Try that on today's so called quality made cars and you leave a dent which will cost hundreds of dollars to repair. The Studebaker V-8 never caused us any problems as they were bulletproof. All in all a sound, well-made car. As previous noted cars didn't last long in our household and after a year the itch to buy a newer vehicle was there. The 64 Daytona was traded in the fall of 1965 on a new 1966 Studebaker Commander. More Studebaker adventures were to come.