View Full Version : which is your favorite Lark?

T.J. lavallee
07-02-2017, 02:28 PM
Is the first, second or final generation of Lark your favorite and why? :)

07-02-2017, 02:29 PM
64 Lark type for me. Daytona Hardtop or commander 2dr sedan

07-02-2017, 02:41 PM
1961 Lark. Has the styling similar to the earliest Larks, but incorporates most all of the mechanical improvements we associate with '62 and later. My favorite is the 1961 Lark hardtop.

07-02-2017, 02:42 PM
i'd love to add a '59 Lark VIII 2 door wagon to my garage.:!:

07-02-2017, 02:54 PM
i'd love to add a '59 Lark VIII 2 door wagon to my garage.:!:

Me too. I like the 59-60 Larks first, the 64-66 Lark types a very close second and the 62-63 not at all.

07-02-2017, 03:30 PM
The 59-60 is my favorite, but each model has its good points. :)

Steve T
07-02-2017, 03:34 PM
Hm...not a fair question for me...dear old Betty ('62 Lark 6 Deluxe two-door sedan) is always going to be such a sentimental favourite for me that no other Lark could compare. I do particularly like hardtop and two-door wagon Larks, though. Something of a fantasy would be to find one of those very few fleet-order "1961 1/2" two-door wagons with the '62 nose. (Wouldn't do to modify a stock '61, as those are too rare in their own right. Maybe a '61 that'd been in a front end wreck?)

On another note, maybe Fried Green Tomato Bob will chime in here and make the choice easier by wiping out your third-gen "Larks", which Studebaker itself really didn't refer to that way except in early promotion for low-line cars or fleet items like taxicabs...


07-02-2017, 03:35 PM
Between 59-63, the only Lark type I like is the 63 Cruiser, and I like it a lot. I like all of the 64-66, except six cylinder 64s. Six cylinder 65-66 are great, but no 64s.

Favorite would be 66 Cruiser or SS, though I have not yet owned either.

07-02-2017, 04:07 PM
I like them all (well, not a big fan of 1962 Larks), but I am partial to the 1963 Lark Daytonas whether it be 2-door hardtop, convertible or Wagonaire (and I like the Cruiser too).
I like the seat upholstery choices, I like the dash panel design (including the Vanity), and I like the exterior color choices. I also like the option of disc brakes, Carter AFB 4-barrel carburetion and R-series engine options. Oh, I also like the mechanical upgrades such as dual master cylinder and alternator. Sorry for the listing of so few reasons, I may think of more later. ;)

07-02-2017, 06:08 PM
I prefer the 59/60. I like the rounded body lines, and the single headlights. I have a 61 2 dr hardtop, but it is down a ways on my list of projects. I also have a 59 and a 60, both 4 dr, with no titles. I considered putting the nose from one of those on the 61, so it would have single headlights, but it would likely hurt the value.

07-02-2017, 06:12 PM
64 Wagonaire for me. White... Daytona... 289... Supercharged... 4 speed.

07-02-2017, 06:13 PM
i agree with the "two eyed" Lark look. if i recall correctly, there was an option for the '61 model for 2 headlights.

07-02-2017, 06:14 PM
For me, a 63 Cruiser, then a 63 Daytona hardtop. Then a 61 hardtop, sans side trim, or at least not the 61 raised eyebrow front trim. Not a big fan of the 64-up box.Styled Too much like every other box on the road after that.

07-02-2017, 06:23 PM
My favorite would be a sentimental favorite. A 1964 Commander four door, V8 three speed with OD. This is the car I went with my Dad to buy from Przywara Motors in Runnemede NJ. It was his last new Studebaker. It served our family very well lasting into the 1980's before succoming to the rust mite.

07-02-2017, 06:49 PM
It is also a hard choice for me because I like them all, except the 1962's of course, the Cruiser without the "floppy", too long rear windows is the only half way neat one.

I prefer the subtle little changes on the '60's over the '59's: in car wire harness with disconnect, curved corners Tail Light Lens, the curved up to the "Fin" quarter panel Mouldings, tuck-n-roll type pleated Door Panels, pleated Dash Pad, (Regals), prettier Nomad style 2 Door Wagon, Convertible & 4 Door Wagon Option, divided bottom cushion Reclining Seat option etc.

When it comes to '61's, although they are quite good & improved a lot (suspended Pedals, Saginaw Steering Gear etc., I would rather skip right over '61 & '62 straight to the '63 Models, with even MORE improvements.

I like the '63's a lot for their Engine options and more.

I also like the '64 Lark Types A LOT, probably the Winner, the latest and Greatest from South Bend & USA ! :!:

Not so much, the '65-'66's.

07-02-2017, 06:53 PM
64 Daytona's. Hardtop or convertible.

Denny L

07-02-2017, 06:53 PM
I am going to have to go with all three as some others have mentioned. Came home from the hospital in 1970 in a 1964 V8/auto Commander four door, my very first Studebaker was a '62 V8/OD, regal four door and currently have a '60 six/OD deluxe four door - below in yesterday's Cars and Coffee in Lexington, KY.

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Dwight FitzSimons
07-02-2017, 07:11 PM
Note to tsenecal, who said: "I considered putting the nose from a '59 or '60 Lark on the '61, so it would have single headlights, but it would likely hurt the value." Note that the back of the hood of a '59-60 Lark will not fit a '61 due to the changes in the cowl made when Studebaker added cowl ventilation. Also, one can't swap the '59-60 nose panel onto a later Lark because the grille is wider on '61-63 Larks. I wish we could; I like the '59-60 front end best of all the Larks.

For me '59-60 HT, '61 2-door wagon, or '63 Daytona HT. I like the taillamps on the '62 wagon. Those would look good on a '61 2-door wagon.

07-02-2017, 07:22 PM
64 Lark type for me. Daytona Hardtop or commander 2dr sedan

And these are what I have...Thanks Kurt!

The '64-'66 and my favorites.

07-02-2017, 07:33 PM
65278Right now, this is my favorite Lark. That's just because it's my latest purchase. Yes I know, It's PINK !

07-02-2017, 08:14 PM
i agree with the "two eyed" Lark look. if i recall correctly, there was an option for the '61 model for 2 headlights.

My '61 4 door regal wagon has dual headlights.

07-02-2017, 08:30 PM
Thanks Dwight, for the info on the front end differences. Never really took a good hard look at them, although they are parked side by side. My 61 has the quad headlights with one year only headlight rings embossed with small ribs. Also think I remember early 61s having single headlights as Corvanti mentioned. Thanks again

07-02-2017, 09:28 PM
I have a 61 Lark 6 with single headlamps and I like it better then the dual lamps for sure .
But my favorite Lark type would have to be the 63 2dr Sedan ..
But a very close 2nd would be the 64 models .
Not a fan of the Wagonaire at all though . Prefer the older wagons for sure .

07-02-2017, 09:37 PM
My first Studebaker was a '59 hardtop, so I am attracted to '59 and '60 Larks. Now I have a '65 Cruiser that I dearly love.

07-02-2017, 10:50 PM
I had a 62 2-door hardtop that was a lot of fun, but I'm really drawn to the style of the 64-66s, especially the 64 hardtops. I like the later Wagonaires, too.

07-02-2017, 11:00 PM
My favorites are 59 to 61 but the 64 to 66 are a close second . The rounded tail lights on the 62 and 63 never looked right to me but wouldn't kick one out of the garage.

07-03-2017, 01:26 AM
My favorite is mine.:D 60 model, but with some changes. Later model bumpers (flat top) being the most obvious.

The wish list? 64 Daytona convertible R2

07-03-2017, 01:36 AM
i have always liked the 59 two door hardtop :) in Tahiti coral

07-03-2017, 06:07 AM
It took me 40 years to finally find a 1966 Daytona. I think this is the best looking and best driving Studebaker ever made. http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz49/ambro5/image_zpsbryvvz0t.jpg (http://s812.photobucket.com/user/ambro5/media/image_zpsbryvvz0t.jpg.html)

07-03-2017, 07:31 AM
I prefer the looks of the first Lark (59-60) but when I drive the 64 after the 60, the ride is so much better I can't choose.....so I keep both on the road.

Warren Webb
07-03-2017, 08:24 AM
It took me 40 years to finally find a 1966 Daytona. I think this is the best looking and best driving Studebaker ever made. http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz49/ambro5/image_zpsbryvvz0t.jpg (http://s812.photobucket.com/user/ambro5/media/image_zpsbryvvz0t.jpg.html)

That is one fantastic looking 66 you have there Ray. I wish my 66 Daytona had been made in that color. I can only imagine how that car would have sold if they had your picture in the brochure! However my favorite of all is the 64 Daytona convertible in Red, then it would be hard to choose between your 66 & my 59 2 door Regal wagon.

07-03-2017, 10:43 AM
Having owned both '64 and now a '60, I really like the '60 especially driving and parking! Another thing about my Lark is the amount of comments from folks compared to when I drove the '64; a little more distinctive I guess. What I do miss about the '64 is the instrument panel; full set of gauges!

07-03-2017, 10:58 AM
I'm definitely prejudiced as my '59 Lark Regal, 2 DR HT, V8 Auto (25,000 orig miles) is even in bison's post#28 Tahiti Coral with White Sand top.

07-03-2017, 11:10 AM
'59-'60 two door wagons. Doubly so with the sedan delivery panels.

Favorite half of a Lark: my '63 Champ…. :3

07-03-2017, 11:17 AM
The 64 Daytona Convertible I just drove after adjusting the brakes , Mine , Ed

07-03-2017, 12:02 PM
Hey, I have to agree. The 66 had just enough styling change, especially the grille and headlights to make it modern. The GM engines made the steering lighter and less front end plowing. I've owned 62 and 63 Daytona 2 Dr Hardtops and liked them too and actually prefer the 63 in Daytona trim. Never liked the 64/65 grilles. 59 and 60's were cute, but never could become fond of the 61's. I know the 65/66's got a lot of bad press, Chevybaker, and that sort of thing, but they are nice driving cars with modern styling for their time. Look how squared off some of the big 3 cars got in the mid 70's and on into the 80's. Owning the first 66 Daytona built is a challenge between driving it like I stole it and preserving it, but as long as it performs well.....I'll drive it.
It took me 40 years to finally find a 1966 Daytona. I think this is the best looking and best driving Studebaker ever made. http://i812.photobucket.com/albums/zz49/ambro5/image_zpsbryvvz0t.jpg (http://s812.photobucket.com/user/ambro5/media/image_zpsbryvvz0t.jpg.html)

07-03-2017, 12:04 PM
I like 'em all, but the 1959-63 are my faves. While the 1964-66 brought them into the 60's styling-wise, I still like the "late-50's warmed over" look of the early ones best, even though at the time it probably hurt Studebaker. I've got my '61 Regal wagon with the quad headlights and wraparound windshield, both which were passe at the time, but to me it's the best of both worlds - 60's mechanical improvements, with older styling.

07-03-2017, 12:14 PM
For those who are fond of the 2nd gen, this looks like a lot of car for the money, though I'd wanna look at the undercarriage, since its in Indianapolis: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-Studebaker-Lark/152608934144?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

07-03-2017, 07:07 PM
I do like them all however I would love to get a '64 Hardtop to use as a daily driver.

07-04-2017, 08:45 AM
I love all things '64! The '64 HT (black w/red int.) is fun with the 4 speed, the SR wagon (Laguna Blue w/blue int.) is also fun driving with OD and the roof open. I'm currently working on my '64 conv (black, black, black)and hope to drive with the top down, wind blowing through my hair before I have no more hair! My buddy and I drove his '60 Lark 6, OD to South Bend in May and had a blast. My buddy near here has a '61 Cruiser and a conv. . I constantly tease him about the trim over the headlights. I wouldn't kick any "Lark" out of the garage.
Rob in PA.

07-04-2017, 10:35 AM
I'd love to see or (actually have) a '61 Cruiser like we had in the '60's. It was like a beige color. It was the 1st car my sister and I learned how to drive. It was cool having AC and a big ole 289 engine. It disappeared after being lent to a relative for college. I'll never be able to afford one but would happy to see one again. My dad used to tell me of some sisters in Chambersburg that had a black one. I did actually see it pass me on the street years ago. It all takes me back decades.......

07-04-2017, 04:28 PM
Lark VIII girl likes the 1960 Studebaker Lark and not just because she owns one.
She said is it is the best one of them all. It has just the right beltline.

Husband of Lark VIII girl.

mike cenit
07-04-2017, 05:24 PM
I like the 63's and 64's (65/66) with the non wrap around windshields, kind of gets them away from the 55 Buena Vista look

07-04-2017, 05:39 PM
I'd love to see or (actually have) a '61 Cruiser like we had in the '60's./Cut/

These are Just such "SPECIAL" Larks and quite Rare, I never was fond of the 4 door Sedan with the non-Studebaker looking rear Glass and Rear Doors and Windows.
I STILL am not excited about the "above the Body line" side Mouldings, but sometimes you don't get EVERYTHING you want. :rolleyes:
This is mine when we hauled it Home, it has a "Jet Thrust" R1 Avanti Engine in it that I will replace with a Standard 289:
65322 65323

A Studebaker Corp. Photo: 65318 One at a SDC International Meet: 65319
An "ORDINARY" 4 Inch shorter '61 Lark Regal 4 Door Sedan: 65324

Here is one For Sale in New Hampshire: https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/studebaker/lark/1956543.html

07-04-2017, 06:04 PM
The '64 is numero uno with me. Recalling the dark blue four-speed convertible that I admired so much at Carnahan & Norton (dealer in Claremont, CA, few blocks from my school campus). Next choice would be a '60 V8... something clean and simple that appeals. Then the '63 Daytona. This is all wistful thinking, have never owned a Lark.


07-04-2017, 08:25 PM
Nice lookin white '61 Cruiser, what color is the interior? What's the difference between the "Jet Thrust" R1 and a standard 289?

07-04-2017, 09:16 PM
I am a 60 Lark owner and more 1960 Larks were the principle cars in my Family.
My Grandfather Perry drove a Lark VIII 4 Dr. Regal in the 60's, my Brother's first car in 1974 was a '60 Lark VIII 4 Dr. Regal. My first car in 1976 was a '60 Lark VI 2 Dr. DeLuxe.

However for a Lark I desire, but have never owned.

1961 Lark Cruiser. One of the most overlooked Larks. Love the plusher interior, rear seat arm rest, longer wheelbase.
And it still has the stubby front overhang and wrap-around taillights.


For the most "Modern" looking of the Larks.
1964 - 1966 Lark Types, that were never named a Lark.

My 1964 Daytona HT originally owned by my Grandmother Jones.

Keeping Studebaker's alive:

Stude Preferred
Atlanta GA

07-04-2017, 09:26 PM
My dad, also a Perry bought our '61 Cruiser about 1965. My sister learned to drive it around '66-'67 and I did in '72. It was such a hot little car, especially with the 289.

07-04-2017, 10:40 PM
When we first got married, my wife and I drove a 62 4 dr lark. It had the 259, 3 spd. and overdrive. My In laws drove a 63 , 4 dr lark, with the same set up. The only real difference that I remember is that the 63 had the side windows squared off at the top, and the 62 were rounded. I liked the way ours looked better. His was an old GSA car, so it was bare bones, and ours was a little nicer trim package. Still have both cars stored away. When I finish my Hawk, I may dig one out to work on.

07-05-2017, 03:09 AM
Nice look'in white '61 Cruiser, what color is the interior?
What's the difference between the "Jet Thrust" R1 and a standard 289?

This Cruiser is a Flight-O-Matic 3 Speed on the column with THE Most beautiful Medium Metallic Silver Blue pleated Vinyl Original Interior you will ever see!

The Engine in it now was a option in 1963 and '64 in all Studebakers, it's the high Performance Engine Standard in the Avanti.

The R1 Avanti 289 has a Higher Lift, more duration, Performance Camshaft, H.D. Aluminum Cam Gear, the standard Studebaker Solid Lifters, 10.25 to 1 Compression, H.D. Intake & Exhaust Valves, 155 Lb. Valve Springs, Dual Point Distributor, Windage Tarys in the Oil Pan, Chrome Valve Covers & Air Cleaner, Carter AFB 4 Barrel Carb., Dual Exhausts.
The '63 Lark or Hawk it came in, would have a 140 MPH Speedo. a Tachometer, usually, Power Disc Brakes, sometimes Traction Bars, and a Rear Stabilizer Bar were ordered.

And then there were the R2 Paxton Supercharged 289 versions, and the Hottest Supercharged version, the Granatelli Built R3 Super High Performance 304.5 c.i.d Engine option from Paxton Products Division of Studebaker in Santa Monica, Calif. hand built and Dyno Tested by the Granatelli Bros.

cultural infidel
07-05-2017, 03:39 PM
I will always be partial to the '60 Lark VIII Wagon. Hoping to get ours on the road by end of summer if all goes according to plan. Long term, I hope to swap a FOM into ours.

Wagons have always been a favorite of mine. Sleeper aspect or just the fact that not many people get into them might be why.

07-05-2017, 06:37 PM
1959 lark. Something about the lines and curves that make it Appealing.

07-05-2017, 06:40 PM
The 1964 Brooks Stevens re-design REALLY took the prior years 'stodginess' out of the Studebaker Lark line! :!:

JGK 940
07-05-2017, 09:16 PM
'59 Lark VI DeLuxe 4-door sedan: the first and the most basic.

07-06-2017, 03:31 PM
1959 Lark 2dr HT for me.

07-06-2017, 06:58 PM
'59 or '60 2-dr sedan. Simple, all-of-a-whole, uncobbled-up design. Minimal overhang, front and rear, with no added "fluff" nor ostentation.

07-06-2017, 08:40 PM
I enjoyed my '59 2 door, but would have rather had a V8, the six just wasn't enough engine. The later larks simply got bigger and bigger, or so they seemed.