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drpreposterous
08-21-2017, 04:40 PM
Just a perception, really, But I seem to see conspicuously more first gen Larks for sale that are rodded than the later ones. Is it true? If it is true, is there something about first gens that makes them easier to modify?

https://s2.postimg.org/f1ytewlk5/155fdd879e9afb3fc824349c6f69b655.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/f1ytewlk5/)

r1lark
08-21-2017, 04:49 PM
My humble opinion is that the first generation Larks, with their short overhangs front and rear, make a meaner looking hot rod when modified. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the '62 thru '66 Lark-types (and have four of them). But look at the picture you posted - the longer overhang later Larks just wouldn't have the same "look". :)

StudeRich
08-21-2017, 04:58 PM
There were MORE 1959 Larks built and Sold than any year except 1950? Also a very good Number of 1960's.

They are very "Cute" and Light Compacts with a V8 option. :!:

They are Good for a bit of Good HP to weight Ratio.

Their popularity at Drag Strips & even a few Race Tracks helped with "Performance Recognition".

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SScopelli
08-21-2017, 05:19 PM
There were MORE 1959 Larks built and Sold than any year except 1950? Also a very good Number of 1960's.

They are very "Cute" and Light Compacts with a V8 option. :!:

They are Good for a bit of Good HP to weight Ratio.

Their popularity at Drag Strips & even a few Race Tracks helped with "Performance Recognition".

Forgot:

Super easy to drop a Chevy engine in one.

Relatively low cost to get into (Opposed to a Chevy II)

No one will complain hacking up a Lark to make a Street/Strip machine

thunderations
08-21-2017, 08:09 PM
Ran out of Willy's and Henry J's.
Always thought that putting the front fender opening into the rear quarter panel would have looked good and made clearance for the big tires.

Swifster
08-21-2017, 08:15 PM
As Rich mentioned, there are far more '59 and '60 Larks than other years...

62champ
08-21-2017, 09:01 PM
They just look good - and they are cheap/plentiful - and they look good.

http://i.imgur.com/saJoxsy.jpg

T.J. lavallee
08-21-2017, 09:28 PM
When rodded they have that stubby bulldog, aggressive look. They look mean. I like it!

8E45E
08-21-2017, 09:43 PM
Forgot:

Super easy to drop a Chevy engine in one.

Relatively low cost to get into (Opposed to a Chevy II)

And unlike Chevy II, Larks have a SOLID FRAME where one can actually weld engine mounts and suspension components to if they don't think a Studebaker engine or stock suspension is 'good enough' for them.

Craig

JRoberts
08-21-2017, 10:35 PM
I agree with most of what has been said. The first gen Larks are light weight and good looking cars.

Scott
08-21-2017, 11:44 PM
I think you forgot the mention THEY LOOK GOOD!!


They just look good - and they are cheap/plentiful - and they look good.

http://i.imgur.com/saJoxsy.jpg

swvalcon
08-22-2017, 04:07 AM
62 champ Great looking car.

KEN IN TEXAS
08-22-2017, 04:21 PM
I want a 59 or 60 2dr post or Hard Top. My first new car at age 20 was a killer 60 Lark Regal Hardtop VIII, 3 on the tree, with OD. 4bbl, dual exhaust. TT. stock It would jump out of the hole while Chevies went up in smoke. Oasis Green with a tan interior.
Picture this 60 HT with full moon disks and short lakes pipes. 800 15 rears and traction bars

www.happycarz.com/showroom/1960-studebaker-lark-regal-nicely-restored (http://www.happycarz.com/showroom/1960-studebaker-lark-regal-nicely-restored)

lumpy
08-22-2017, 05:29 PM
Small, light , cute, full frame , most people dont know what the heck it is:confused: Thats what made me buy one...Also the $1400 price tag didn't hurt!

JRoberts
08-22-2017, 05:30 PM
How could you not fall in love with this hardtop? It is a prime example of the first generation Larks. My, first Studebaker was a '59 hardtop, never looked as good as this one.

KEN IN TEXAS
08-22-2017, 05:39 PM
How about this last generation(LARK)
myclassicgar (https://myclassicgar)age.com or gatewayclassiccars.com 1966 Studebaker commander 2dr

StudeRich
08-22-2017, 05:58 PM
Very Nice "Looking" '60 Lark.

Looks like the "Classic Car Lot" finally flipped it, the last time they put it up was Jan. 23, 2016


An aftermarket "Climatic Air" A/C System touted as "Factory Air! The closeness to Studebaker "Climitizer" Heat/Def. System is uncanny. :ohmy: That's pretty ironic, and hilarious!

The Stainless Steel Serial number Plate has been replaced with an Aluminum one, so it's impossible to tell if is a: "Totaled Car", a Six Cyl. converted to V8, a lost Serial Number Plate, or a Lost title Car, re-tagged with another Car's I.D. it's own, or WHAT? :confused:

A look at the Frame Number or MAYBE the Body Tag might help. That Plate would fool most DMV inspectors, but not those in the "know".
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BobPalma
08-23-2017, 08:02 PM
:) Sheer numbers, guys: From 1959 through 1961, Studebaker built almost 90,000 Lark 2-doors of all varieties; 88,981, to be exact. That's all sixes and V-8s, all 2-door sedans and 2-door hardtops. Lots of them out there to choose from. ;) :cool: BP

lumpy
08-23-2017, 09:36 PM
Oh darn...you mean mine's not priceless and rare?:lol: