With only fifteen 1963 Studebaker Wagonaires equipped with the R2 supercharged 289 this is indeed a rare wagon. Add to it a 4-speed manual transmission and it is likely that the remaining ’63 Wagonaires with this powertrain combination can be counted on one hand. Mostly reserved for the Avanti, the R2 could be ordered for your otherwise pedestrian Lark. Suddenly your family errand run was a scream with the 289 horses under the hood.
This Wagonaire found on Ebay with a BIN price of $12,200, comes with the Daytona trim option that includes front bucket seats, a center console, and a side spear. The engine was rebuilt about ten years ago and has the factory Avanti Carb with correct supercharger pieces. The car was also repainted about ten years ago and is described as ‘not a perfect show car’
Overall the car looks solid but in need of some good detailing in and out. The Studebaker Wagonaires had the unique sliding rear roof and were only produced from 1963 until Studebaker’s demise in 1966. A nice find for Studebaker and wagon enthusiasts alike.
Update 11/13/2011: Car sold for $15,601 exceeding the sellers BIN of $12,200.