View Full Version : Found a Police car lark Maybe

07-25-2012, 11:35 AM
I've come across a 1961 Lark V-8 4 dr, that the guy says it was a police car,
Should it have a 289?
He is gonna call me back with a serial #.
Anything else i should look for?
Anything else special about the car?

07-25-2012, 11:42 AM
Zipper in the headliner (for light)?

07-25-2012, 11:45 AM
First --do not confuse police car with a fleet vehicle or cheapie model.

Lots of cars ended up as 'police cars' but I think what you are after is a 'Marshall'

A marshall could have been ordered many, many ways. Look for HD stuff like large output generator, fan shroud, places where extra wires and gadgets were installed. I would look for a certified speedo, HD brakes, zipper headliner, etc.

The best way to tell for sure is any original paperwork, documentation like a window sticker, build sheet, etc. Good luck!

07-25-2012, 01:26 PM
If it's in the Tulsa area it could be a police car. I know Tulsa used alot of 1959-60 (and maybe 1961) larks for patrol cars. My understanding is they were always 4-door automatics, and many of them were 6 cylinder cars.


07-25-2012, 01:30 PM
Anything else i should look for?
Anything else special about the car?

Compare it with the two posted here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?25546-Now-I-ve-got-3-Marshals-minus-one....&highlight=marshal


07-25-2012, 01:35 PM
The body code number on police cars is always 3. W3, Y3, F3 etc. A local chapter member owns a '63 wagon that is a P3.

07-25-2012, 02:08 PM
What Jerry said in Post #6; it must be a "3" trim level if it was ordered and built as a police car. But it could be a 6-cylinder City Marshal, so the engine alone will not confirm or refute its being a police car.

"Never say never," of course, but I cannot recall seeing a genuine police car that did not have the word CERTIFIED on the speedometer face. BP