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studemackey
02-27-2007, 06:44 PM
The subject says it all. I found a '59 Lark VI, automatic with new tires and the engine runs good; the car is slightly above average for that age; original paint and original engine; I don't recall the milage showing on odometer; the best I can tell, there are quite a few of these made and no real demand for a collectors item, but my wife was born in '59 and I needed a B-day gift for her. I'll have pictures soon to post but I guess I have cold feet after paying $2500 for the car. Is there any web site to look at to get an idea if I paid too much?

'59 Lark VI,
Pt Arthur, TX
brand new to the Studebaker crowd

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t275/studemackey/1959%20Studebaker%20Lark/1959Larkfront1.jpg

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t275/studemackey/1959%20Studebaker%20Lark/1959Larkrtside2.jpg

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t275/studemackey/1959%20Studebaker%20Lark/1959Larkdashboard3.jpg

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t275/studemackey/1959%20Studebaker%20Lark/1959Larkdoorpanel4.jpg

rockne10
02-27-2007, 07:02 PM
Welcome, Don.

This is probably the best site to get feedback on your purchase. Pictures will help. There may not currently be a great demand but I would stop short of saying there's no real demand. Even the Lark four door sedans are beginning to come in to there own and there are a lot of folks who are looking specifically for them.

I hope, in addition to visiting this Forum, you also elect to join the Studebaker Drivers Club; at $19.95, the monthly magazine is worth twice the membership fee. Use the "Sticky" link that says "join, right here-right now."

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/ddc714b7.jpg

rockne10
02-27-2007, 07:02 PM
Welcome, Don.

This is probably the best site to get feedback on your purchase. Pictures will help. There may not currently be a great demand but I would stop short of saying there's no real demand. Even the Lark four door sedans are beginning to come in to there own and there are a lot of folks who are looking specifically for them.

I hope, in addition to visiting this Forum, you also elect to join the Studebaker Drivers Club; at $19.95, the monthly magazine is worth twice the membership fee. Use the "Sticky" link that says "join, right here-right now."

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/ddc714b7.jpg

JDP
02-27-2007, 07:04 PM
It could be about right, maybe a bit high depending on body style and condition. i.e., if it's a 4 door and needs a lot, that's a bit high, if it's nice or a hardtop, not so bad.

64 Commander 2 dr.
64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
63 Lark 2 door #2
62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
62 GT Hawk 4 speed
60 Lark HT
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starliner
51 Commander

JDP
02-27-2007, 07:04 PM
It could be about right, maybe a bit high depending on body style and condition. i.e., if it's a 4 door and needs a lot, that's a bit high, if it's nice or a hardtop, not so bad.

64 Commander 2 dr.
64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
63 Lark 2 door #2
62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
62 GT Hawk 4 speed
60 Lark HT
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starliner
51 Commander

8E45E
02-27-2007, 07:48 PM
I'll have pictures soon to post but I guess I have cold feet after paying $2500 for the car.

If you're happy with it, and she is too, it doesn't matter what you paid for it. Enjoy it![^]

Craig

8E45E
02-27-2007, 07:48 PM
I'll have pictures soon to post but I guess I have cold feet after paying $2500 for the car.

If you're happy with it, and she is too, it doesn't matter what you paid for it. Enjoy it![^]

Craig

Studedude1961
02-28-2007, 11:32 AM
You would be hard pressed to buy something more enjoyable for $2,500!

Studedude1961
--1963 Cruiser

Studedude1961
02-28-2007, 11:32 AM
You would be hard pressed to buy something more enjoyable for $2,500!

Studedude1961
--1963 Cruiser

Roscomacaw
02-28-2007, 12:02 PM
Value - value - value.... I guess it matters most if you always think of money first.[:p]$$$[:p]

If this car gives you pleasure and the wife gets a boot out of it for what it is and who gave it to her, then it's like that credit car ad: Priceless.:D

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

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

Roscomacaw
02-28-2007, 12:02 PM
Value - value - value.... I guess it matters most if you always think of money first.[:p]$$$[:p]

If this car gives you pleasure and the wife gets a boot out of it for what it is and who gave it to her, then it's like that credit car ad: Priceless.:D

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

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

studeclunker
03-05-2007, 12:26 AM
What a sweet old car![:X] I can just picture the old lady who used to own it. What you have is a wonderful old survivor. She's been well cared for and probably much loved by her original owner and possible subsequent owners.[:X]:D Yes, I do believe that you got very much your monies worth. Put your mind at ease. The car will never be a speed demon. Still, your wife should get a real kick out of driving such a lovely old car. She's a lucky lady, your wife, to have such a thoughtful and generous husband. Does she like the car?

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

studeclunker
03-05-2007, 12:26 AM
What a sweet old car![:X] I can just picture the old lady who used to own it. What you have is a wonderful old survivor. She's been well cared for and probably much loved by her original owner and possible subsequent owners.[:X]:D Yes, I do believe that you got very much your monies worth. Put your mind at ease. The car will never be a speed demon. Still, your wife should get a real kick out of driving such a lovely old car. She's a lucky lady, your wife, to have such a thoughtful and generous husband. Does she like the car?

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

StudeRich
03-05-2007, 12:51 AM
You know; this car reminds me of the Brochure car in the the '59 Introduction showroom handout. It is the only factory Pic I have ever seen showing a Lark with two tone paint, it had to be a prototype. I don't know if it was a VI, but it was a Regal 4dr. in Coral with a white roof. I notice that this car is LOADED, just like a demo car would be. Manual Radio w/factory location Antenna, Lighter, Climatizer and rare option: a Clock. Also Automatic, Wheel Covers and Regal cloth trim. I wonder if....it has a very low Serial & Body #! This car is in Really nice condition, in spite of the not so desirable power train, it is well worth the money!

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

StudeRich
03-05-2007, 12:51 AM
You know; this car reminds me of the Brochure car in the the '59 Introduction showroom handout. It is the only factory Pic I have ever seen showing a Lark with two tone paint, it had to be a prototype. I don't know if it was a VI, but it was a Regal 4dr. in Coral with a white roof. I notice that this car is LOADED, just like a demo car would be. Manual Radio w/factory location Antenna, Lighter, Climatizer and rare option: a Clock. Also Automatic, Wheel Covers and Regal cloth trim. I wonder if....it has a very low Serial & Body #! This car is in Really nice condition, in spite of the not so desirable power train, it is well worth the money!

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

Jessie J.
03-05-2007, 12:59 AM
Look at it this way, your $2500 could have bought you some anonymous ten year old econo-box that could be worth about $250 in two years.
Here you got a car with some real character, that can provide you with a lot of entertainment along with transportation, and might well end up being worth quite a bit more than what you paid for it. No you didn't pay too much.
In my view you got yourself a great deal, now you just need to develop an appreciation for how good of deal it was that you got!
I'd love to own that one, or one just like it, what a home that would make for my Dual-Quad equipped 390 Caddy mill! :)

Jessie J.
03-05-2007, 12:59 AM
Look at it this way, your $2500 could have bought you some anonymous ten year old econo-box that could be worth about $250 in two years.
Here you got a car with some real character, that can provide you with a lot of entertainment along with transportation, and might well end up being worth quite a bit more than what you paid for it. No you didn't pay too much.
In my view you got yourself a great deal, now you just need to develop an appreciation for how good of deal it was that you got!
I'd love to own that one, or one just like it, what a home that would make for my Dual-Quad equipped 390 Caddy mill! :)

StudeRich
03-05-2007, 01:04 AM
UGH!! [xx(][xx(] You would break the frame in two with that BEAST!


quote:Originally posted by Jessie J.

what a home that would make for my Dual-Quad equipped 390 Caddy mill! :)

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

StudeRich
03-05-2007, 01:04 AM
UGH!! [xx(][xx(] You would break the frame in two with that BEAST!


quote:Originally posted by Jessie J.

what a home that would make for my Dual-Quad equipped 390 Caddy mill! :)

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

studeclunker
03-05-2007, 01:06 AM
You know, back in the olden days, when I was growing up... (LOL):D:D:D There were a lot of people who used to prefer the six. In fact, I remember an uncle would'nt have anything else. People also weren't such speed demons then, at least, not so commonly. Also, a second car that was used around town, like this one, didn't need to be speedy. Just economical. Well, like a Lark!:D
I still say; Wonner-fulla, wonner-fulla, wonner-fulla![8D] C'mon boys! One for-a da little-a beau-ty! An-na, one, an-na, two...

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

studeclunker
03-05-2007, 01:06 AM
You know, back in the olden days, when I was growing up... (LOL):D:D:D There were a lot of people who used to prefer the six. In fact, I remember an uncle would'nt have anything else. People also weren't such speed demons then, at least, not so commonly. Also, a second car that was used around town, like this one, didn't need to be speedy. Just economical. Well, like a Lark!:D
I still say; Wonner-fulla, wonner-fulla, wonner-fulla![8D] C'mon boys! One for-a da little-a beau-ty! An-na, one, an-na, two...

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

5859
03-05-2007, 01:13 AM
I don't think you paid too much, in fact, I think you got somewhat of a deal.

5859
03-05-2007, 01:13 AM
I don't think you paid too much, in fact, I think you got somewhat of a deal.

raprice
03-05-2007, 08:08 AM
Personally, I think you got a great deal, especially if it's a good running car. You'll have a lot of fun with it. My Stude is a '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop and I've owned it since '91. I wouldn't part for it for anything.
Oh sure, it's not a road scorcher, but it you're not in a hurry, it'll get up to cruising speed and you'll enjoy a nice riding car.
From you photos, it looks to be in very good shape. You even got the clock, which I've been looking for.
So, give it a good coat of wax and enjoy.
No, you didn't overpay. As I said above, you got a great deal.
By the way, my car is the same color, Tahiti Coral.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

raprice
03-05-2007, 08:08 AM
Personally, I think you got a great deal, especially if it's a good running car. You'll have a lot of fun with it. My Stude is a '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop and I've owned it since '91. I wouldn't part for it for anything.
Oh sure, it's not a road scorcher, but it you're not in a hurry, it'll get up to cruising speed and you'll enjoy a nice riding car.
From you photos, it looks to be in very good shape. You even got the clock, which I've been looking for.
So, give it a good coat of wax and enjoy.
No, you didn't overpay. As I said above, you got a great deal.
By the way, my car is the same color, Tahiti Coral.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

JDP
03-05-2007, 08:58 AM
I'd say you did just fine. This green 2008 Keystone raffle car was is a 4 door six in slightly nicer shape and it was offered for the low to mid 3K range.



http://stude.com/York.jpg

64 Commander 2 dr.
64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black)
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
63 Lark 2 door #2
62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark HT
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starliner
51 Commander

JDP
03-05-2007, 08:58 AM
I'd say you did just fine. This green 2008 Keystone raffle car was is a 4 door six in slightly nicer shape and it was offered for the low to mid 3K range.



http://stude.com/York.jpg

64 Commander 2 dr.
64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black)
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
63 Lark 2 door #2
62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark HT
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starliner
51 Commander

Bill Pressler
03-05-2007, 01:56 PM
Sheesh John, had I known you were taking a picture, I'd have "sucked it in"! Now I KNOW I need to go on a diet! That's me on the right, and friend Ted Hurd on the left.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1

Bill Pressler
03-05-2007, 01:56 PM
Sheesh John, had I known you were taking a picture, I'd have "sucked it in"! Now I KNOW I need to go on a diet! That's me on the right, and friend Ted Hurd on the left.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1

Dwain G.
03-05-2007, 02:31 PM
Here's the back cover of the brochure StudeRich refers to. Slim chance, but you have to wonder if this isn't the same car! When My folks started looking at '59 Larks to replace our '56 President 2dr, I was hoping for the black hardtop. Instead we got the Hawaiian Green wagon.
http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/59lark.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/63.63.jpg
Dwain G.

Dwain G.
03-05-2007, 02:31 PM
Here's the back cover of the brochure StudeRich refers to. Slim chance, but you have to wonder if this isn't the same car! When My folks started looking at '59 Larks to replace our '56 President 2dr, I was hoping for the black hardtop. Instead we got the Hawaiian Green wagon.
http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/59lark.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/63.63.jpg
Dwain G.

showbizkid
03-05-2007, 02:49 PM
Nice little ride! Welcome to the family!


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

showbizkid
03-05-2007, 02:49 PM
Nice little ride! Welcome to the family!


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com