Studebaker of Australia



Chris Skinner's Vehicles.


I am currently the proud owner of two Studebaker vehicles.


My regular daily transport is a 1964 Daytona Hardtop that was imported into Australia and converted to right hand drive about 18 years ago.


It now has over two hundred thousand miles on it's original 259 V8 and is still running strong.


Leaving the South Bend, Indiana factory in November '63, it was shipped to a dealer in the San Francisco bay area.


Still in it's original colour of Astra White with blue cloth interior, factory options include; automatic transmission, power steering, push-button radio, climatizer (heater), electric clock, full wheel covers, over-riders, rear fender stone shields, individual seats and factory installed seat belts.


To these I have added an original Studebaker AM-FM radio and reclining seats.




My second vehicle is the result of a long term full body off restoration completed in April 2007.

My 1966 Commander 4 door sedan was also imported into Australia about 20 years ago after having sat in the desert in Reno, Nevada for over 20 years.

Built in September '65, it was shipped to Crescent Garage in Yerington Nevada as part of a fleet order of Commanders for the First National Bank of Nevada. After only a year or two of service, my Commander was involved in a serious front end collision and parked, having travelled only 48,000 liles uo tp that time. A ground up restoration began in 1992 and continued slowly until completed just in time for our 17th Australian National Meet in April 2007.

The original factory colour is Niagara Blue Mist with Montego Blue cloth trim. Over many years I was able to gradually find all of the pieces needed to make up a complete N.O.S. interior. The new RHC dash pad was an especially rare find!

Unusual for a base model, this car was ordered with many options, including 283 V8, automatic transmission, power steering, manual tuning radio, climatizer, back-up lights, full wheel covers, regal horn ring, seat belts and all of the other minor options that Studebaker made standard that year.

Additionally, I have added a rear seat speaker kit, individual & reclining seats, door handle scratch plates, mirror mounted compass, locking petrol cap, under hood and trunk courtesy lights, original number plate frames, chrome exhaust tip, tinted glass, transistorized ignition system and a power brake kit.


















This Page last updated 30th January 2012

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