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4961Studebaker
12-02-2013, 11:47 AM
It's nearly time for paint,
Still work to be done on the dash and console.

However it's time to think PAINT! I have a color or two in mind, but I'd like some forum participation, speak your mind as to what the ideal, perfect color is for a Lark?

Biases from owners are expected,
Mild to wild will surely be suggested.
What color, in your mind sets a lark apart from the pack? (stock, custom, current OEM doens't matter.)

warrlaw1
12-02-2013, 01:03 PM
The classiest 60 Lark I ever saw was owned by my great-aunt Mable in Schenectedy, NY. It had the dark green tinted glass and a solid dark forest green exterior. Looked like a mini-Mercedes. Too "sleeper" for ChopStu.

qsanford
12-02-2013, 01:13 PM
1961 Studebakers came in some very nice colors. Choose from Ermine white, Blaze red, Jade green, Suntone yellow, Riviera blue, even Flamingo!

Santosh
12-02-2013, 04:19 PM
Rose mist is fine

52hawk
12-02-2013, 04:39 PM
I'd go with a deep dark red,with lotsa metallic.

Corvanti
12-02-2013, 05:06 PM
i ass-u-me that you're not going with a original color. i'd go with a blue metallic with some "camo" mixed in. my '51 looks blue in low light, but when it's bright outside, you can see some purple and occasionally brown depending on the viewing angle. i was told it is a furd probe color.:)

Scott
12-02-2013, 06:23 PM
In the wild most larks are medium brown on top with a cream colored belly. Some have yellow with brown and some have some black. Maybe that helps.

4961Studebaker
12-02-2013, 06:50 PM
In the wild most larks are medium brown on top with a cream colored belly. Some have yellow with brown and some have some black. Maybe that helps.


This and Camo talk sure leads the mind to hunting season :)
Ask in summer, burmuda brown and desert tan may subliminally come to mind :)

Larks have a good mix at the shows, seems no one color dominates. Which is good for variety.

dusty taylor
12-02-2013, 07:04 PM
Here is some that looks good.
Dusty

Studedude
12-02-2013, 07:41 PM
Bright yellow would be good on your car, IMHO.

EssexExport
12-03-2013, 08:44 AM
One real easy color to keep is Chrysler's S2 Bright Silver. Have never waxed my '05 PT Cruiser GT.

https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/197668_252740714835341_841786481_n.jpg

Blue 15G
12-03-2013, 08:47 AM
1960 Jonquil Yellow.

Dave Bonn
54 Champion Starliner

Pat Dilling
12-03-2013, 09:05 AM
I think a two tone with a lighter color on top would bring out the low look you already have. I really like the Lark in the Saturday Eye Candy post. You could divide the colors on the cars natural style line or on a wedge like this one. One thought from a practical rather than aesthetic perspective, yellow cars definitely attract bugs.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=30037&d=1385816665

JimC
12-03-2013, 09:25 AM
I'm particularly fond of a nice black on red two tone job... :D :D :D

JimC
12-03-2013, 09:33 AM
One real easy color to keep is Chrysler's S2 Bright Silver. Have never waxed my '05 PT Cruiser GT.
There's a really sharp Lark that was done in a two tone silver and kind of a gunmetal gray color. It's probably the meanest looking lark I've ever seen. It was featured in an article some time ago, and eventually found its way to a Barrett-Jackson auction block. Here's a link - http://www.barrett-jackson.com/application/onlinesubmission/lotdetails.aspx?ln=621&aid=243

Note that it sold for nearly $60k. Not bad!

sweetolbob
12-03-2013, 10:00 AM
Kevin

I'm not about to suggest a color but one mistake I made on the 54K was the low gloss black color. Park it at a car show and it just blends into the background. That's why the 74 will be Daytona yellow w/other details.

That ride is righteous enough (old guy words) that it should standout. I might two-tone it to make the chop standout more but let it shine 'cause if it were mine, it would be "in your face" bright.

Bob

4961Studebaker
12-03-2013, 10:44 AM
I didn't expect Yellow to stand out as a choice,

I hadn't considered yellow for 2 reasons.

1.:lol: I thought I would have to pay some sort of Yellow royalties to Deepnhock and ChampTrucking in order to be part of the Yellow club. :lol:

2. The car was yellow during my high school years, and I'm not sure I want to have a constant reminder of day's past, granted the transformation from those day's to the current look is night and day.
I'll take it into consideration, but I don't think it will end up yellow.

"Righteous" or bitchin sound great to me... Bob :!: And good tip.

Silver was suggested by a few friends, but I, and those in Stude circles think of that very 60 hardtop when Silver comes to mind.

I always thought Red made Larks stand out.
Black as well, although Black tends to make the car look a tad smaller than it really is.


All in all, it's got to be the biggest choice an owner wrestles with, weither it's purchasing or customizing.

As always stay tuned, the forum will be the 2nd to know.

GEEMAC
12-03-2013, 11:43 AM
Went with Root Beer Brown Met. on my 63 Daytona HT. Different by Design????????????. Mac.

bezhawk
12-03-2013, 06:58 PM
Some of the newer pearl colors stand out from the crowd. Get a color chip book and look through it for a color YOU like. Be careful, one color I liked recently was 1200 a gallon!

rockne10
12-03-2013, 08:30 PM
Some of the newer pearl colors stand out from the crowd. These, while expensive, should be considered. I have yet to see a well done Lark swathed in one of the tri-coat pearls so prevalent on today's Audis, Cadillacs and Lexus. Could start a trend.
Then again, Brad, what was that burnt copper color you applied a couple years ago?

bezhawk
12-03-2013, 10:15 PM
These, while expensive, should be considered. I have yet to see a well done Lark swathed in one of the tri-coat pearls so prevalent on today's Audis, Cadillacs and Lexus. Could start a trend.
Then again, Brad, what was that burnt copper color you applied a couple years ago?
It was called Ionized Bronze. It had lots of pearl (3 different colors) but was just 2 stage base clear.
My red Avanti was a 3 stage pearl.

Studedude
12-03-2013, 10:34 PM
Well, if not yeller, how 'bout this?:
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7589.jpg

rockne10
12-03-2013, 10:57 PM
This would be the Ionized Bronze.
http://www.bez-auto-alchemy.com/resources/jay%20avanti%20driver%204%20copy.jpg

This would be the "Cherry Gurl",
http://www.bez-auto-alchemy.com/resources/Avanti.jpg.opt664x415o0%2C0s664x415.jpg

clonelark
12-04-2013, 12:25 AM
Beautiful 58 Color Shadowtone red, may even want to two tone it with the beige.
http://i43.tinypic.com/15wngoj.jpg

Peanut
12-04-2013, 12:36 AM
Might I suggest the stock '61 Lark grey/brown color shown below. Love the sleeper look.
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Santosh
12-04-2013, 12:53 AM
It's winter : Only Frozen Silver Metallic


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qsanford
12-04-2013, 06:59 AM
I always liked the mid nineties Chrysler color "Platinum". At the time it was an extra cost upgrade color. My Sister had a '96 LHS with the Platinum finish. It looked rich and the color changed under different lighting conditions. I even thought of using it as a substitute for 1961's "Autumn Haze' at one time.

8E45E
12-04-2013, 07:03 AM
Any of the five 1970 Chrysler HIGH IMPACT colors will work, aside from Panther Pink.

Craig

qsanford
12-04-2013, 10:33 AM
Maybe even 1971's Citronyella?
Any of the five 1970 Chrysler HIGH IMPACT colors will work, aside from Panther Pink.

Craig

14x7
12-04-2013, 12:18 PM
In 1968 chevy painted the impala with a light blue metallic , that would be a good pick .

8E45E
12-04-2013, 01:03 PM
Maybe even 1971's Citronyella?

Wasn't it called 'Top Banana'?

Craig

LeoH
12-04-2013, 04:06 PM
I think a two tone with black predominant would be killer. I wouldn't have a black car, not in my location, but I've always thought Studes looked good in black.

There are the competition orange shades, if you want to go in your face. That ionized bronze looks nice on the Avanti, but on the Cruiser, I think the added chrome clashes with the body color. Depending on if you want to add back chrome trim on your car after, that would be something to keep in mind.

Since you're doing a noticeable body recontour, how about some of the lowrider paint schemes?

qsanford
12-04-2013, 04:18 PM
I think the "Top Banana" was a more pure yellow. The Dodge "Citronyella" had a tinge of green visible in certain light. Plymouth's version was called "Curious Yellow".
Wasn't it called 'Top Banana'?

Craig

Pentax645
12-04-2013, 05:07 PM
Gotta be red!

Peanut
12-04-2013, 05:40 PM
The lack of consensus on this question is quite substantial! ;)

southbend
12-04-2013, 05:46 PM
Why not leave it in primer and clear coat it? Seems to be all the rage these days...

Corvanti
12-04-2013, 06:22 PM
it took me awhile to find some pics that showed the "camo" i mentioned in post #6 (ignore the dirt in some of the pics).:o

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8E45E
12-04-2013, 06:51 PM
The lack of consensus on this question is quite substantial! ;)

There ya go! Paint it the same as a Volkswagen Golf Harlequin edition!! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/volkswagen-golf-harlequin-vws-strangest-idea/

Craig

qsanford
12-04-2013, 07:30 PM
One of our local VW dealers used them as courtesy cars. I thought they had made them up themselves!<G>

4961Studebaker
12-04-2013, 10:34 PM
Ah Cameleon / color changing pearl. Now I understand your description Corvanti.

Early on in the build I was quite fond on the Cadillac color shifting pearl paints they used. There was one that was a grey ish white with Green "wave" across the surface as you drove by.

After a couple years of building I changed my mind on that particular paint, thinking it would become to trendy/outdated years in the future.
I really like the deep maroons and brandy wine pearls.

Goes to show, that a lark has color appeal no one color repells or stands out as being the 'right color' for the car.
Which is good, it would be dull if we were all the same.

rockne10
12-04-2013, 10:46 PM
The lack of consensus on this question is quite substantial! ;)I have to disagree with your conclusion! :D

8E45E
12-04-2013, 11:12 PM
Early on in the build I was quite fond on the Cadillac color shifting pearl paints they used. There was one that was a grey ish white with Green "wave" across the surface as you drove by.

Ford also offered "Mystic" paint as well:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3709/11216615273_ea9f0e497c_b.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3800/11216570196_83d1f94d2b_b.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2847/11216543183_3be920613f_h.jpg

Craig

bezhawk
12-05-2013, 12:12 AM
The problem with most color shifting paints is, they pick the most hideous colors to shift between! Purple and lime green! really?

8E45E
12-05-2013, 07:04 AM
The problem with most color shifting paints is, they pick the most hideous colors to shift between! Purple and lime green! really?

Actually, it was a nice metallic Emerald Green. Yes, lime with that purple would have been most hideous.

Craig

StudeMann
12-05-2013, 07:37 PM
There's a really sharp Lark that was done in a two tone silver and kind of a gunmetal gray color. It's probably the meanest looking lark I've ever seen. It was featured in an article some time ago, and eventually found its way to a Barrett-Jackson auction block. Here's a link - http://www.barrett-jackson.com/application/onlinesubmission/lotdetails.aspx?ln=621&aid=243

Note that it sold for nearly $60k. Not bad!

That is one gorgeous car. I think I might leave my 51 LC for that one!

RareBird
12-05-2013, 08:01 PM
:!: Heck ya!
Beautiful 58 Color Shadowtone red, may even want to two tone it with the beige.
http://i43.tinypic.com/15wngoj.jpg

LeoH
12-06-2013, 02:23 PM
:!: Heck ya!

That combination is very nice, on both of your cars, but with the Lark, it's either going to end up beige roof and shadowtone body, or do the roof and body in the 'tone paint, with the roof pillars beige...eh, probably not a good option, imo.

rknight89
12-06-2013, 04:43 PM
C'mon Kev!!!! You gotta go Flamingo!!! It's lonely out here in the pink(ish) Lark world.

4961Studebaker
12-06-2013, 07:14 PM
C'mon Kev!!!! You gotta go Flamingo!!! It's lonely out here in the pink(ish) Lark world.

As tempting as that may be, I wouldn't want to take away any of the attention your getting :) Flamingo is all you!

8E45E
12-06-2013, 08:17 PM
As tempting as that may be, I wouldn't want to take away any of the attention your getting :) Flamingo is all you!

To be honest, if you want to go with a '61 color, either Flamingo or Autumn Haze are the ones to go for.

Craig

qsanford
12-07-2013, 10:25 AM
Sometimes Autumn Haze gets a bad rap. When it gets a little oxidized it looks rough, but when fresh it does look pretty rich.

verrabakers
12-07-2013, 11:33 AM
I own a 1959 Lark regal 6 hard top. Although I'm open to changing a leopards spots. . . I'm sold on my original color "Sand White". Antique whites do it for me. If I had to vary from that I'd go to the current Mini Cooper color "Pepper White". It's also an antique white but you'd swear that somebody in the design studio was eating Campbells Cream of Mushroom soup on the day they chose that color!

Maybe it's not by accident that motor car companies create these images of colors associated with foods. A buddy of mine bought a brand new Dodge Durrango 12 years ago in "Ganet Red". He asked me what I thought as I viewed it for the first time. So I said what images it conjured up for me "Charms Blow Pop?" (was 1/2 way between burgundy and deep purple).

verrabakers
12-08-2013, 10:00 AM
For me my color is the original on my 1959 Lark regal 6. . . . "Sand White". I have changed colors on other cars that I've owned but the antique white does it for me. Now there is variations on a theme. . . I have found that the "White Pepper" color offered for the last 7 years by Mini Cooper would be a good alternate.
Just like the mirror in your bathroom. . . you're the one who see's you first thing in the morning. You've got to be happy with the color that fits you. Keep us posted!

1962larksedan
12-08-2013, 10:26 AM
IMHO I'd stay with a 1959-63 Lark color because body lines on a vehicle can greatly influence how said colors look. Too; the smaller the car, the brighter the colors although basic black (assuming the body and chrome are decent) seems to work on almost anything. :)

SScopelli
03-10-2014, 01:40 PM
The silvers look great in the dropped mode,,

http://image.superchevy.com/f/events/8638442/0409sc_12z%2b1960_Studebaker_Lark%2bFront_Driver_Side.jpg

I really like what he did to this one..

http://image.carcraft.com/f/9207381+w750+st0/116_0503_01_z+60_studebaker_lark+front.jpg

Since you are trim delete, a more subtle tone change top/bottom would look awesome and just follow the body lines of the 60 not the 61..

nwi-region-rat
03-10-2014, 01:49 PM
TWO TONE....they look great with two...maybe three colors.

GThawkwind
03-10-2014, 08:23 PM
I personally think a two tone would look good with the chopped look, maybe a pearl white/black or silver, black/bronze. I also think it might be cool to stick with a factory color, with how custom it is otherwise, maybe that little factory touch might be cool.

Ron Dame
03-11-2014, 05:50 AM
I've found most in the wild to have various colors on top, with a scaly reddish brown and greasy black on the bottom.


In the wild most larks are medium brown on top with a cream colored belly. Some have yellow with brown and some have some black. Maybe that helps.

GThawkwind
03-11-2014, 01:38 PM
Have you thought about pink/black or pink/silver. I think rosemist/silver would look good.

nwi-region-rat
03-13-2014, 12:05 AM
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Just a few of my favorite colored ones....but that previous two tone red and gray is my favorite

StudeMann
03-13-2014, 03:03 PM
I've found most in the wild to have various colors on top, with a scaly reddish brown and greasy black on the bottom.

These birds are also found to mark their territory with various fluids.

swvalcon
03-13-2014, 04:47 PM
With all the custom work you've done it needs some kind of a custom color.

ez_tonz
03-13-2014, 05:54 PM
Brooks Stevens did design work for Studebaker and used black with ivory (creamy white) for two-tone and accent

nwi-region-rat
03-14-2014, 02:16 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-Studebaker-Lark-Lark-VI-Rare-Classic-1959-Studebaker-Lark-IV-Two-Door-Stick-Shift-Light-/201051528357?forcerrptr=true&hash=item2ecf9adca5&item=201051528357&pt=US_Cars_Trucks


Nice two tone...

StudeRich
03-14-2014, 03:50 PM
Quote Corvanti: "it took me awhile to find some pics that showed the "camo" i mentioned in post #6 (ignore the dirt in some of the pics).:o"


Quote 4961Studebaker: "Ah Cameleon / color changing pearl. Now I understand your description Corvanti."

Yeah, I had no idea how it could be Camouflage! :confused: It's not THAT ugly!
It does look like spattered Metallic.

Corvanti
03-14-2014, 04:24 PM
Quote Corvanti: "it took me awhile to find some pics that showed the "camo" i mentioned in post #6 (ignore the dirt in some of the pics).:o"Quote 4961Studebaker: "Ah Cameleon / color changing pearl. Now I understand your description Corvanti."Yeah, I had no idea how it could be Camouflage! :confused: It's not THAT ugly!
It does look like spattered Metallic.

yeah Rich, i meant "chameleon" - just another instance of a "brain f@rt", which seem to be increasing as i age.:o

that paint, in different color schemes, was quite popular a few years back. it's hard to take a pic of the effect - maybe it someone has a video - it may show better...:)

swvalcon
03-14-2014, 04:53 PM
The only problem with chameleon paint it hits a Calf s*** brown inbetween the color change that is just butt ugly.

Peanut
07-16-2015, 09:14 AM
Okay, now... Latest post was more than a year ago, and I couldn't find a newer thread here.

I hope all is well with the car and the builder. Any updates?

raprice
07-16-2015, 01:42 PM
My '59 Lark Regal is in Tahiti Coral. Nobody has mentioned that color yet. The Lark also would look great in maroon. Single tone only.
Rog

cultural infidel
07-16-2015, 01:53 PM
Dark Forest Green would be my vote.

StudeRich
07-16-2015, 04:01 PM
This Burnt Orange looks Great, not sure if I like it on a '60 Lark 4 Door that is otherwise original, but it would look good on a Custom. It reminds me of the Color of that '63 Lark StreetRod that hangs around South Bend.


http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=33147&d=1394687006

8E45E
07-16-2015, 05:08 PM
This Burnt Orange looks Great, not sure if I like it on a '60 Lark 4 Door that is otherwise original, but it would look good on a Custom. It reminds me of the Color of that '63 Lark StreetRod that hangs around South Bend.

Not too far from Red Oxide; a 1930's color, which is essentially primer with a high-gloss to it.

Cade has a Rockne in that color.

Craig

Play Wagon
07-17-2015, 12:11 AM
Just before I saw post #22 I was thinkin' that there are some really striking colors in the burnt orange family that might just be the ticket. Kinda proved my point. Anxious to see it shiny, whatever your choice...

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Just before I saw post #22 I was thinkin' that there are some really striking colors in the burnt orange family that might just be the ticket. Kinda proved my point. Anxious to see it shiny, whatever your choice...

jackb
07-17-2015, 07:11 AM
...this car isn't painted yet ?