American Car Spotters Guide - 1964

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American Car Spotters Guide - 1964


The 1964 Studebakers



The 1964 Studebakers were introduced in October 1963. They were longer, lower, had new styling and a greater choice of engine powers. The Lark sedans, as sold in Australia, were six inches longer and an inch lower than the 1963 models. The station wagons were three inches longer. Higher performance kits were offered as optional equipment on any of the Studebaker range. The engines range included the 289 cu. in. R1, a supercharged version dubbed the R2, a big capacity (304.5 cu. in.) supercharged unit designated R3, and an unblown version of this, the R4. The high performance kits also included suspension and transmission changes to handle the extra power and speed.

Studebakers were also waging a war on rust. A new primer introduced with the ’64 range was applied to the body panels before welding took place and it was claimed that the bond was not broken by the welding process. In this way it was hoped to eliminate corrosion caused by humidity pockets in the sub-assemblies. The completed bodies then went through another two anti-rust sections before they were painted. They were run through a phosphate bath and then into a chromate rinse which was followed by a spray primer. The final step was an underbody body coating, weighing some 50lb., according to Studebaker's scales.

Although the styling was changed, the basic appearance was unmistakably Studebaker. However, four headlamps were obviously on the way out at South Bend, as the frontal treatment of many of the models featured two lights, not four. The Gran Turismo model Hawks also had their share of changes, one of which was an optional simulated coupe de ville top of vinyl material over the normal steel turret. Other changes included new wheel discs and a special red badge for the Super versions. The GTs, like all the new Studebakers, had crash-padded dashboards and recessed instruments. The door locks were modified for greater strength and chassis lubrication periods were extended.

Also see: The American Muscle Car Era - 1964
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1964 Buick Wildcat
USA

Buick LeSabre, Wildcat and Electra

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The Invicta model had been dropped in 1963. The "portholes" remained, except for the Wildcat which had a three-tiered vent flute behind the front wheel arches. The LeSabre was available as the model #4467 convertible (6,685 built, $3314), model #4645 Estate Wagon (4,003 built, $3635), and model #4447 Hardtop (4,447 built, $3061). The Wildcat model #4669 sold for $3164, and 7,850 Wildcat convertible model #4667 were manufactured. The LeSabre 4400 had a new 300 CID V8 developing 210 or 250 horsepower, while all larger models used the 401 CID 325 horsepower V8. Also there was a new 425 CID V8 developing 340 or 360 horsepower, and was available as an option on the LeSabre wagons, Wildcat and Electra 225 models.
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1964 Cadillac Eldorado
USA

Cadillac Eldorado

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1964 Chevrolet Chevelle 300
USA

Chevrolet Chevelle 300

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1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
USA

Chevrolet Corvair Monza

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1964 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
USA

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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1964 Chevrolet Impala Sedan
USA

Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hardtop

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
 
For 1964, the Impala was slightly restyled, reverting to a more rounded, softer look. Out back, the signature taillight assembly had an "upside-down U" shaped aluminium trim strip above the taillights, but the lights themselves were surrounded by a body-colored panel. The 409-cubic-inch (6.7 Litre) returned as the big-block option, but the 4X2 carburettor setup was no longer on the option list. SS models continued to feature the engine-turned aluminium trim. Rooflines were carried over from 1963 unchanged.
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1964 Buick Wildcat
USA

Chrysler 300K

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
 
Many new optional items directed toward passenger comfort were introduced. These included a reclining seat for the passenger side, removable adjustable front seat headrests, a seven position adjustable steering wheel, and a reverberator unit with rear seat speaker to give "concert hall" sound. A new four speed manual transmission also appeared.
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1964 Chrysler 300K Coupe
USA

Chrysler 300K Coupe

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1964 Dodge 3330
USA

Dodge 3330

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1964 Dodge Dart 170
USA

Dodge Dart 170

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1964 Dodge Dart 270
USA

Dodge Dart 270

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1964 Dodge Dart GT
USA

Dodge Dart GT

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1964 Dodge Polara
USA

Dodge Polara

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1964 Dodge Polara 4 Door
USA

Dodge Polara 4 Door

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1964 Dodge Polara 500 2 Door Hardtop
USA

Dodge Polara 500 2 Door Hardtop

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1964 Dodge Polara 500 Convertible
USA

Dodge Polara 500 Convertible

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1964 Dodge Polara Gran Luxo
USA

Dodge Polara Gran Luxo

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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Ford Mustang Mk 1
USA

Ford Mustang Mark 1

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews | Ford Brochures
 
The terrifically affordable Mustang brought a degree of individuality and muscle-car style to the blue collar masses that they previously could only dream about.
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1964 Jeep Gladiator
USA

Jeep Gladiator

  Also see: Jeep Road Tests and Reviews | Jeep Brochures
   
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1964 Lincoln Continental
USA

Lincoln Continental

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1964 Mercury Comet 404
USA

Mercury Comet 404

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1964 Mercury Comet Caliente 404
USA

Mercury Comet Caliente 404

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1964 Mercury Montclair 4 Door
USA

Mercury Montclair 4 Door

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1964 Mercury Montclair Marauder
USA

Mercury Montclair Marauder

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1964 Mercury Comet Caliente 404
USA

Mercury Monterey

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible
USA

Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1964Oldsmobile Jetstar 88 Holiday Sedan
USA

Oldsmobile Jetstar 88 Holiday Sedan

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1964 Oldsmobile Super 88 Celebrity Sedan
USA

Oldsmobile Super 88 Celebrity Sedan

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1964 Pontiac Catalina 4 Door Visra
USA

Pontiac Catalina 4 Door Visra

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1964 Pontiac Catalina Convertible
USA

Pontiac Catalina Convertible

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1964 Pontiac Grand Prix
USA

Pontiac Grand Prix

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1964 Pontiac LeMans
USA

Pontiac LeMans

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1964 Pontiac Parisienne
USA

Pontiac Parisienne

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
1964 Chevrolet El Camino
1964 Chevrolet El Camino.
1964 Chrysler 300_ 4-Door Hardtop
1964 Chrysler 300_ 4-Door Hardtop.
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