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    1963 R2 Super Lark

    Not mine.....

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-Studeb...lbRAVW&vxp=mtr
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    WOW! I can resist anything except temptation. Do I have enough time left to attack yet another project?
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    Very desirable car. Super package with R2, disc brakes, 4 speed, and nice color combo.

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    A few years ago I had it's brother, but a 64. Same car in every other way. Super Red, full package, supercharged with 4 speed. Nice car.
    Someone's gonna get a great project. Going up in value every year, too.
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    Why does the thread poster indicate an R3? Am I missing something?

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    Seeing that R3 I thought it might be still another R2 with a R3 Carb. enclosure, but no this one looks totally Stock R2 Super Lark, just a typo or misunderstanding.
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    This is a sister car to Jim Peppers that he is in the process of restoring. We know where 2 out of the 3 are, so where is the 3rd? Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colgate Studebaker View Post
    This is a sister car to Jim Peppers that he is in the process of restoring. We know where 2 out of the 3 are, so where is the 3rd? Bill
    Bill, if you mean the 1963 Lark Custom 2-door Jim Pepper has had forever, it's not a Daytona hardtop like this one. But they are both full-package R2/4-speed cars in Super Red, if that's what you mean.

    Or is Jim Pepper holding out on us and he has an additional 1963 R2/4-speed Daytona hardtop? BP
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    This thread reminds me of 63V-31238, which I stumbled upon while doing production order research years back on Avanti-powered '63 Skytops.

    This was a Super Red Custom 2-door sedan, solid black vinyl buckets, Powershift, R2 with the complete 'Super' package, white Skytop, delivered new to Hollidaysburg, PA.

    I could just picture it!

    It wasn't delivered until 2/28/64, per the retail sale card at the SNM archives.

    I wrote down the name of the purchaser. I googled him and he still lived in Hollidaysburg!

    A couple weeks passed, and I got an envelope back from him. In shaky handwriting it said, "I was good friends with the Studebaker dealer here, but I have no memory of owning that car".

    With the end-of-month delivery date and his friend being the selling dealer, I always wondered if this had been a 'goose' to meet a monthly quota or something...or if the fellow really couldn't remember owning that car!
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    Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
    1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
    1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
    All are in Australia now

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    I have an interest in the outcome because i am selling at least six of my classics including a nearly identical 63 R2 (not a Super Lark and a has red interior) that is complete and on the road. I do most of my own work but it is becoming too difficult to maintain my fleet.

    34 Studebaker Street Rod (completed)
    55 Speedster (in work)
    63 Lark R2 (completed, 63K miles)
    64 Daytona CNV (completed, 63K miles)
    64 Avanti R2 (completed)
    85 Avanti(blackout trim, 10K miles)
    89 Avanti CNV (19K miles)

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    Quote Originally Posted by abkco View Post
    Why does the thread poster indicate an R3? Am I missing something?
    Typo, sorry, R2

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    If someone is looking for a Super Lark there are few out there more desirable and worthy of restoration than this one. Similar to finding a 1967 Z28 with cowl induction but yet even more rare. The difference is the camaro would be well into the six figures in comparable condition and would most certainly not have its original matching engine. Those all blew up in short order.

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    Looks like bidding on the 63 R2 package Lark has stalled. I know it needs a lot of help but would think bidding would be a little bit more active. Any thoughts on the outcome before it gets here? It’s a worthwhile project for certain.

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    Wait for the final ten seconds and see what happens.

    Bidding ain't over 'til it's over, as they say!!

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    I don't know. Bidding seems a little high based on what has sold recently. The car will be beautiful and rare when restored, but it will cost a lot to do it right.

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    Hopefully the high bidder has a solid donor body and frame. It looks crunchy as it sits.

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    Interesting that the bidder has a rating of 6 and 0% Positive rating ..

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    $16K for a rusty Lark. Who would’ve thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbstude View Post
    $16K for a rusty Lark. Who would’ve thought.
    I suspect the greater exposure of Hi-performance models outside of SDC in recent years have spiked the interest and awareness of those into muscle cars. Their success at the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drags and their presence Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals show have been doing their job at proving Studebaker made more than just mundane family sedans.

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    Personally, I think it was a good buy. As far as muscle cars go, Studebaker is about the only one left with plenty of room for appreciation. They are very much undervalued!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbstude View Post
    $16K for a rusty Lark. Who would’ve thought.
    For a 63 still carrying the "Lark" name it doesn't get much more desirable than this car. I agree with Nels that someone got a good deal,, I thought it would go for more. I would have been in the bidding except I am restoring a pre-package one in worse shape that was an Ohio Drag car. That makes me realize how much work is involved. I hope whoever got the car will restore it correctly.

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