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53k
09-05-2008, 10:47 AM
Yesterday I took a different route home from Martinsburg (WV)- drove through Shepherdstown to drive along the river (Potomac). I usually take a shorter route. Anyhow, in the east part of town, sitting on the street was a decent looking Lark with a For Sale sign in the window. At first glance I thought it was a cheap '61. But at a closer look, it is a '60 Regal with a '61 front panel (single headlight). As I looked, a young man wheeled up on a motor scooter. He bought the car fairly recently, but I think has decided that it's not as much fun as he wanted. Anyhow, it is the very light blue (original color as door jambs, floors and trunk floor are the same). He explained to me that the previous owner had a collision and replaced the front panel with the '61 piece (actually, I liked the appearance a lot). The car is a 259 with working overdrive (the kid has been driving it). It was apparent that the ususal fender rust has been repaired (didn't have a magnet to see how much), butr the car had very little rust otherwise- one small hole in the passenger floor and none that I could see on the driver's floor. The trunk floor appeared to be rust-free (too much stuff in to really tell, but no rust at the rear). The car has split recliners with the original duct tape patches. Believe it or not, the interior is red. No clock, but has a Wonderbar radio and a very nice dash (no cracks in the pad). Back seat surfaces were good, but the top of the seat back was gone (open- nice storage area). The car also has back-ups and windshield washers. Odometer shows 20,000 but I think it is 120,000. However, the kid says it doesn't smoke and I didn't see any oil puddles under it. He has rebuilt the carb (2 bbl) and he has new U-joints ordered for it. The body is very straight and the two passenger side doors closed with a very nice ka-chunk (driver's door latch is a little worn though). The trunk lock was punched out and the hood blew up on the kid so the corners at the hinges are bent (it does close and latch ok). He is asking $1500 or best offer, a fairly reasonable price considering it could be driven away.
Anybody interested email me and I can give you a telephone number.
Shepherdstown is about 60 miles northwest of Washinton, DC, 12 miles from either I-70 or I-81.


Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

barnlark
09-05-2008, 10:57 AM
If someone wants that car and a '61 owner wants that front panel, I have a front panel for a '60. $150. I also know where a nos '61 panel is, for any other '61 single light deluxe trim owner.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/DSCN0362.jpg

Warren Webb
09-05-2008, 12:19 PM
I guess this also answers the thread if the 61 front panel would match up to the 60 hood. Only drawback is where to source the fresh air inlet for the heater/defroster system? 61 had the revised cowl with air vents.

60 Lark convertible
61 Champ
62 Daytona convertible
63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
63 Avanti (2)
66 Daytona Sport Sedan

53k
09-05-2008, 01:51 PM
quote:Originally posted by Warren Webb

I guess this also answers the thread if the 61 front panel would match up to the 60 hood. Only drawback is where to source the fresh air inlet for the heater/defroster system? 61 had the revised cowl with air vents.

I wondered about that too. However, I think enough air comes through the grille that the fresh air intake still works behind the headlight bucket. I had a '64 Champ that had a '63 Lark front panel (also blocked the air intake), but the heater/defroster worked just fine in it.


Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

bams50
09-05-2008, 05:23 PM
Thanks for thinking of me, Paul- you're right, I do like it. Maybe not exactly my "ideal", but sounds like a good little Lark for somebody.

Hope somebody here gets it- and posts some pictures[8D]

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

Guido
09-05-2008, 05:24 PM
Paul,

Was the purpose of your route deviation to view cars or co-eds? [}:)]

Gary (quickly ducking)

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Roscomacaw
09-05-2008, 06:33 PM
Hmmm. Which would be more fun? A 60 vintage Lark or a 60 vintage co-ed?[:I]

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

53k
09-06-2008, 11:57 AM
quote:Originally posted by Guido

Paul,
Was the purpose of your route deviation to view cars or co-eds? [}:)]


Actually, this route took me away from the coed viewing area. Sounds as if you are familiar with Shepherd University though;).


Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

stude freak
09-06-2008, 12:27 PM
Bob at my age i rather have the car.

David Baggett '53 coupe

Guido
09-06-2008, 02:24 PM
quote:Originally posted by 53k
Sounds as if you are familiar with Shepherd University though;). One of the coaches on my daughter's swim team is a senior there this year.

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Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

studegary
09-06-2008, 08:54 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

Hmmm. Which would be more fun? A 60 vintage Lark or a 60 vintage co-ed?[:I]




I have had both. I still have the '60 vintage coed, but none of the many '60 vintage Larks that I have owned.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer