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skip
11-23-2006, 01:35 PM
anybody know anything about this rear engine, porche powered 60 lark, 2 door, built by a man that worked at Curtis Wright ?. i found one, not for sale. thanks. skip. ps. still have 64 commander 4 door for sale. 850 or b/o. email shiftknob@gwi.net or call skip at 603 622 5292. thanks.

studegary
11-23-2006, 09:29 PM
Yes, I know some about that car. I barely missed out on buying it when it was discovered in a warehouse in New Jersey in the early 1970s (IIRC).

I don't know what you mean by "a man at Curtis Wright." It was built by Curtis-Wright in conjunction with Studebaker.

I saw the car at a Studebaker meet after I missed out on it. The last that I knew, the car is in New England.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

studegary
11-23-2006, 09:29 PM
Yes, I know some about that car. I barely missed out on buying it when it was discovered in a warehouse in New Jersey in the early 1970s (IIRC).

I don't know what you mean by "a man at Curtis Wright." It was built by Curtis-Wright in conjunction with Studebaker.

I saw the car at a Studebaker meet after I missed out on it. The last that I knew, the car is in New England.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

go-studebaker
11-24-2006, 07:08 AM
Hi,
that car was in TW in the late 1980's from memory.

I remember looking at it at the Boston International Stude meet in 1990 so it is probably still in SDC

Greg



Greg Diffen
Australian Stude nut living in Warwick, United Kingdom

1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 Dutch delivered
1937 Dicator sedan. Australian Body by TJ Richards
1939 Packard Seven Passenger monster UK delivered
1939 Commander Swiss Cabriolet by Lagenthal
1988 Avanti Convertible

go-studebaker
11-24-2006, 07:08 AM
Hi,
that car was in TW in the late 1980's from memory.

I remember looking at it at the Boston International Stude meet in 1990 so it is probably still in SDC

Greg



Greg Diffen
Australian Stude nut living in Warwick, United Kingdom

1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 Dutch delivered
1937 Dicator sedan. Australian Body by TJ Richards
1939 Packard Seven Passenger monster UK delivered
1939 Commander Swiss Cabriolet by Lagenthal
1988 Avanti Convertible

garyash
11-24-2006, 09:45 AM
I talked to the guy who owned it a couple of years ago after seeing it at the Northeast Zone meet some years before. I borrowed the documentation from him and can confirm that it was a brand-new 1959 Lark two-door, 6 cylinder, s/n 59S-36429, built Feb. 4, 1959 and registered Feb. 17, 1959 by Curtis-Wright. It had a 70 hp, 1500 cc Porsche engine, transaxle and suspension installed in the trunk after removing the Champ engine, 3-speed transmission, drive shaft, axle, and springs. The Porsche engine was a fresh rebuild direct from the Porsche factory. Curtis-Wright had allegedly planned to test it as a rear-engine drive car, then swap a rotary engine in, but the second phase never happened.

[Weird, there's some kind of filter on postings that won't let me enter the word W A N K E L, wants to block the first 4 letters and replace them with asterisks, LOL! Bob Shaw, what's with that!!!]

I had written about this car in our chapter's newsletter and put the article and pictures on-line here:
http://www.studegarage.com/porsche.htm

[img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
Dartmouth, Mass.
'48 M5
'65 Wagonaire Commander
'63 Wagonaire Standard
web site at http://www.studegarage.com

garyash
11-24-2006, 09:45 AM
I talked to the guy who owned it a couple of years ago after seeing it at the Northeast Zone meet some years before. I borrowed the documentation from him and can confirm that it was a brand-new 1959 Lark two-door, 6 cylinder, s/n 59S-36429, built Feb. 4, 1959 and registered Feb. 17, 1959 by Curtis-Wright. It had a 70 hp, 1500 cc Porsche engine, transaxle and suspension installed in the trunk after removing the Champ engine, 3-speed transmission, drive shaft, axle, and springs. The Porsche engine was a fresh rebuild direct from the Porsche factory. Curtis-Wright had allegedly planned to test it as a rear-engine drive car, then swap a rotary engine in, but the second phase never happened.

[Weird, there's some kind of filter on postings that won't let me enter the word W A N K E L, wants to block the first 4 letters and replace them with asterisks, LOL! Bob Shaw, what's with that!!!]

I had written about this car in our chapter's newsletter and put the article and pictures on-line here:
http://www.studegarage.com/porsche.htm

[img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
Dartmouth, Mass.
'48 M5
'65 Wagonaire Commander
'63 Wagonaire Standard
web site at http://www.studegarage.com

bigaadams
11-25-2006, 05:19 PM
got to be in reference to an English term and I spell it backwards so it may be seen..reknaw look that up in your Funk and Wagnall's

bigaadams
11-25-2006, 05:19 PM
got to be in reference to an English term and I spell it backwards so it may be seen..reknaw look that up in your Funk and Wagnall's

bams50
11-25-2006, 08:55 PM
I wondered about that word before; turns out "w ank" is a verb in England meaning to pleasure one's self...[:I]

I have the same thing happen on a local racing forum when I mention former Indy driver Gordon Johnc ock...

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

bams50
11-25-2006, 08:55 PM
I wondered about that word before; turns out "w ank" is a verb in England meaning to pleasure one's self...[:I]

I have the same thing happen on a local racing forum when I mention former Indy driver Gordon Johnc ock...

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1