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Mark L
07-29-2017, 01:06 AM
If I were a criminal, I wouldn't want to get caught and have to ride in this Lark. Supposedly a former police cruiser. 289 with 4V, 4-speed manual on the floor with hill holder, twin traction rear end. Could it be a Lark Marshal?

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/ctd/d/studebaker-lark-stick-drives/6223671667.html

StudeRich
07-29-2017, 01:40 AM
Pretty Car, Scary looking Interior! :eek:

A Cruiser is certainly not your usual model to use for Police work since purpose built Heavy Duty Sedans and Wagons were available, but you never know without seeing the Production Order or more information.

Definately not a Marshall.

A Spotlight and the optional Gauge Package (Oil/Amps.) does not a Police Car make! :D

mike cenit
07-29-2017, 06:01 AM
Doesn't look like a factory Marshall, no roll bar, but not sure if 62's came with a roll bar. May have been used as a small town police car, but certainly doesn't look like a fleet police car.

BobPalma
07-29-2017, 06:17 AM
:o Can anyone else enlarge the engine room photo to read the Body Tag? I did so and it appears to be 62V-Y3, but I can't tell for sure.

If it is Y3, it could certainly have been a Police Car.

Edit: It looks like it started out as a Y8 Cruiser after all, per Rich's later observations. :cool: BP

53k
07-29-2017, 07:33 AM
:o Can anyone else enlarge the engine room photo to read the Body Tag? I did so and it appears to be 62V-Y3, but I can't tell for sure.

If it is Y3, it could certainly have been a Police Car. :cool: BP
I enlarged it 5x, but it just wasn't clear enough to read. At least I couldn't read it.

Neil
07-29-2017, 08:08 AM
Did the optional gauge package only come with white face gauges ? I have a dash with the extra gauges but not a fan of the white gauges .

r1lark
07-29-2017, 10:23 AM
Did the optional gauge package only come with white face gauges ? I have a dash with the extra gauges but not a fan of the white gauges .

There were also dark face gauges........I noticed the white faced gauges, and wondered why those were used.

57pack
07-29-2017, 11:15 AM
Bob, I agree, looks like Y3. Can't get a clear view though.

studegary
07-29-2017, 07:49 PM
:o Can anyone else enlarge the engine room photo to read the Body Tag? I did so and it appears to be 62V-Y3, but I can't tell for sure.

If it is Y3, it could certainly have been a Police Car. :cool: BP

As you probably know, a 1962 Y3 could also have been a Rural Route Lark or other heavy duty fleet application, as well as one of the Marshal models.
I remember some of these 1960s models used as rural mail delivery vehicles in this area in the 1960s.

EDIT:
The way this particular early 1962 car is equipped, I think that it was built as a Pursuit Marshal and not in red.

StudeRich
07-29-2017, 08:17 PM
It was a Silver Car originally, I enlarged the Body Tag many times after saving the Pic, and it looks to me like a '62V-Y8 Luxury (Cruiser).

The reason I think it is NOT a Marshall are those Cruiser only; Door Map Pockets, opening, chromed, rear vent windows with latch handles, Simulated Walnut fully Padded Dash, with padded radio surround (missing) and knee padding, mostly Cruiser/Daytona only items, not Y3.

studegary
07-29-2017, 08:28 PM
It was a Silver Car originally, I enlarged the Body Tag many times after saving the Pic, and it looks to me like a '62V-Y8 Luxury (Cruiser).

The reason I think it is NOT a Marshall are those Cruiser only; Door Map Pockets, opening, chromed, rear vent windows with latch handles, Simulated Walnut fully Padded Dash, with padded radio surround (missing) and knee padding, mostly Cruiser/Daytona only items, not Y3.

Thanks, this makes sense. It is just missing its "Cruiser" nameplates on the front fenders (probably when it was painted).

StudeRich
07-29-2017, 08:35 PM
Did the optional gauge package only come with white face gauges ? I have a dash with the extra gauges but not a fan of the white gauges .

The White faced optional Oil and Amp. Gauges were made for the '61 Lark and the '62 Deluxe Larks. But dealers and maybe even the Factory put them in and sold them for Trucks and '62 Lark Regals, Daytonas and Cruisers that used the Black faced gauges, possibly to get rid of them or just unknowingly. :rolleyes:

8E45E
07-29-2017, 10:14 PM
It was a Silver Car originally, I enlarged the Body Tag many times after saving the Pic, and it looks to me like a '62V-Y8 Luxury (Cruiser).

The reason I think it is NOT a Marshall are those Cruiser only; Door Map Pockets, opening, chromed, rear vent windows with latch handles, Simulated Walnut fully Padded Dash, with padded radio surround (missing) and knee padding, mostly Cruiser/Daytona only items, not Y3.

It is still an interesting Cruiser. I would like to see the build sheet to see it if came with bucket seats and a 4-speed.

If so, its a twin to this one: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?49028-Rare-Cruiser-Find&p=539828&styleid=1

Craig

BobPalma
07-30-2017, 06:32 AM
It was a Silver Car originally, I enlarged the Body Tag many times after saving the Pic, and it looks to me like a '62V-Y8 Luxury (Cruiser).

The reason I think it is NOT a Marshall are those Cruiser only; Door Map Pockets, opening, chromed, rear vent windows with latch handles, Simulated Walnut fully Padded Dash, with padded radio surround (missing) and knee padding, mostly Cruiser/Daytona only items, not Y3.

:) Agreed, Rich; the opening rear door vent windows clinch it. The rest of the interior has been so made over that anything could have been changed, but it is highly unlikely someone would have changed fixed rear vents to functional ones.

Interestingly and as an aside, the 1959-1964 BODY Parts book distinctly says the Y3 is Police Car, not that this car is one. :cool: BP

jackb
07-30-2017, 09:27 AM
looks like a pimp mobile...

SScopelli
07-30-2017, 12:23 PM
A wood grain dash and a 4 speed in a police car? Maybe Hollywood PD?

https://images.craigslist.org/00c0c_2U7LlnF7aKS_600x450.jpg

I doubt it..

And why would you put a spot lite on a 4 speed car?
Maybe get your partner to shift if you have to make a dash for the bad guy?
Maybe LA had a three handed alien police officer since CA has so many aliens?

All them pictures and no build sheet?

My son cleans out the refrigerator on trash day, so something else smells funny here.

Jeff T.
07-30-2017, 02:17 PM
I wonder if someone had a 62 Daytona parts car (V8, 4 speed) and a four door, perhaps a fleet vehicle of some sort, and built what they could with what they had around.

Jeff T.

t walgamuth
07-30-2017, 02:20 PM
I wonder if someone had a 62 Daytona parts car (V8, 4 speed) and a four door, perhaps a fleet vehicle of some sort, and built what they could with what they had around.

Jeff T.

Ding ding ding....a winner!

54-61-62
07-30-2017, 02:55 PM
I saw this car in person while in So California about 10 years ago. I had pulled into a Kragen auto parts with my red 62 hardtop, and when I came back out, this was parked next to me and the owner wanted to chat. I suspect [now] he was the previous owner who sold it to the guy currently selling it. Though he told me, I cannot remember his name, he told me if I remember correctly, he was a union welder in the LA/Bakersfield area. He was a member of the SDC. Howard, any thoughts????

Understand these gleanings remembered are 10 years later. I *think* the owner told it it was some sort of county car, and he put the bucket seats and swapped a bunch of stuff in it from a parts car. I do not remember the body tag code. He told me he had the parts car yet in his carport or back yard and asked me if I was interested in it. I had no interest in it at the time due to being 2250 miles from home, but I think I gave Bob Sporner his contact info as Bob needed lark parts at the time.

That would be a fun sleeper and make a fun replacement for a wrecked 55 4dr...glad I'm not in the LA area.

t walgamuth
07-30-2017, 04:38 PM
If it were an Italian brand it'd be called a bitsa.

Studenewbe
08-02-2017, 01:49 PM
I called the seller. He's a used car dealer in SoCal. He has the production build sheet that came with the car's paperwork from the previous owner. It is a Y8 car but had a 289 4-speed as the original factory drivetrain. He wasn't sure if the motor/trans was original to the car. If I heard correctly the door tag is 62V-28661. It was silver originally (I think someone on the forum mentioned that in a prior post) and did not have a spotlight, seller was not sure when it was added. I suggested he might want to drop the whole "former police car" tag line and instead try marketing it as a 4 speed Lark sedan with a 289 motor.......that needs a new interior.

jpepper
08-03-2017, 10:32 AM
It appears to have an AFB on the engine not a 62 correct WCFB.