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Allyn Mills'

1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona62 Daytona

On Labour Day weekend, 1962 I bought a one-way ticket to Toronto in order to buy a new car. I didn't know what make or model - it could have been a Ford convertible for nearly the same price, but I wanted something different. A friend took me to the Stude dealer - Bryant Motors on Pape Avenue. This Daytona was in the window. After about an hour's worth of talk, I purchased it. I never even test drove it! I picked it up at noon the following Wednesday after making arrangements for financing. I drove the Daytona home via Niagara Falls, Detroit, Chicago and Regina in 3 plus days.

I owned the car for several years, and then my Dad drove it until 1970. I knew where it was over the years, then lost track of it. It ended up in the Strathmore, Alberta area in a Quonset for about 20 years. I tracked it down using the Canada 411 computer site. In 2011, after lots of arguing, I "redeemed" her back! I showed the owner that my name was on the manual in the glove box. My niece named her Stella, an acronym for Stude Lark.

I drive around town, to Tim's and get lots of thumbs up, etc.

Specs & Features:Seat

  • Purchase price - $3,400; re-purchase $8,600
  • Original paint (some damage on passenger door)
  • 259 V8
  • Automatic transmission
  • No power steering
  • No power brakes
  • Speedometer, radio, odometer, etc. work
  • Has 93,000 Miles
  • About $11,000 invested

Repairs/Improvements:Interior

Interior

  • New carpet, door panels, upholstery

Mechanical

  • Motor
  • Exhaust system
  • Gas tankExterior
  • Radiator
  • Brakes
  • New whitewall tires - her 50th Birthday gift!

Planned Projects:

  • Replace door rubbers

Allyn is a Federal Government Agriculture Department retiree who lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. He is an ordained pastor, organist and choir director.

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