Studebaker concluded their long run of vehicle production in early March 1966. The Cruiser was their top of the line 4-door sedan and this car is an excellent original low mileage, 47,350, example. All 1966 Studebaker cars were built in their Hamilton, Ontario facility and this car came off of the production line on August 23, 1965. It was sent to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for their dealer new car showing and from there it was sent to a dealer in California. Later, it was resold and moved to Arizona.
The body is clean of any signs of rust anywhere including the floorboards, trunk and body. The only apparent rust is a small hole beneath the battery where acid was apparently spilled. This is only visible when the battery is removed. The vinyl top was an option in 1966 and was recently replaced along with the body being repainted. The body is very straight with a minimal number of imperfections in the paint. There is a very small dent on the lower left door that is hardly noticeable.
The luxurious original interior is in excellent condition including the seats, door panels and armrests. The carpets have been replaced. There is ample room for 6 passengers to ride comfortably and the rear seat has a center fold-down armrest for added comfort. The dash has no cracks or other blemishes and all of the switches and instruments function as intended. The radio and clock also work. Hanging below the dash is the original optional air conditioner which keeps the interior cool on the hottest of summer days. The a/c has been upgraded with a modern compressor and uses 134 type refrigerant.
The original automatic transmission has been upgraded to a GM 700R overdrive transmission. The selector dial was changed to reflect this change. The new transmission increased fuel economy and provided faster acceleration.
The McKinnon 283 V-8 was used in all 1966 Studebaker V-8 models. It offers easy access for parts availability, great performance and proven reliability. The engine compartment is clean but not highly detailed. The power brake booster was recently replaced with a rebuilt unit. Power steering and front disc brakes make the car very enjoyable to drive. The original disc brakes have been upgraded to the Turner style giving the car improved stopping power.
Other original options on this car include:
Twin-Traction limited slip differential with 3:31 axle ratio
Tinted windows (all around)
Seatbelts, front & rear (original lap type)
Reclining front seat backs
|“Car is in excellent condition inside and out. Very comfortable to drive and perfect for showing at local cruise-ins or longer trips too.” |
| Year: || 1966 || VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): || C 530032 |
| Mileage: || 47,350 || Transmission: || GM 700R overdrive automatic |
| Make: || Studebaker || Body Type: || Sedan |
| Model: || Cruiser || Warranty: || Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty |
| Engine: || 283 V-8 || Vehicle Title: || Clear |
| Drive Type: || 2 WD || Safety Features: || Original Studebaker lap belts |
| Power Options: || Air Conditioning || Exterior Color: || Gold |
| Fuel Type: || Gasoline || Interior Color: || Gold |
| For Sale By: || Private Seller || Number of Cylinders: || 8 |
| Drive Side: || Left-hand drive |