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Manduck2k3
01-18-2014, 01:51 PM
I have a 1963 Studebaker lark 4 door Sedan (vanity model) that the guy that used to rent from me has giving me to pay off some of the back rent he owes me.

I don't know much about it, other than it has the original title, I believe he is the third owner.

I think it runs "with a good battery" I know it used to run as my neighbor used it in his wedding..

if anyone is interested in it or knows anywhere I should take it I'm in Chelsea Michigan. I already contacted the Studebaker museum in Illinois but I guess they have one already :)

thanks
Richard

AKAchamptrucking
01-18-2014, 01:54 PM
The burning question to be asked is "How Much"?????

Manduck2k3
01-18-2014, 02:00 PM
The burning question to be asked is "How Much"?????

That's good question.. Honestly I'd like to get around $5000 but the only thing I can find to value it was the nada classic cars thing which said $4275 low retail $9200 average retail $15,500 high retail. If I'm am being outlandish please let me know.

wolfie
01-18-2014, 02:07 PM
That's good question.. Honestly I'd like to get around $6000 but the only thing I can find to value it was the nada classic cars thing which said $4275 low retail $9200 average retail $15,500 high retail. If I'm am being outlandish please let me know.


You should check the completed listings on E-Bay to see what comparable cars sell for. I think at 6K you are optimistic. Steve

Manduck2k3
01-18-2014, 02:16 PM
You should check the completed listings on E-Bay to see what comparable cars sell for. I think at 6K you are optimistic. Steve

Ok 5k it is (honestly I'll consider all offers) :).. Thanks for the advice I'll check it out. Sucky thing is my main car died recently so anything I get out of it is going strait towards that..

Oh oh it's been barn stored for the entire time he's owned it..

SN-60
01-18-2014, 02:38 PM
Manduck,......When You posted 'Lark vanity', I thought You were referring to the glove box vanity that was offered on those cars!

qsanford
01-18-2014, 02:49 PM
I thought the same thing! It is the top line "Lark" four door sedan, the Custom model. Nice car!
Manduck,......When You posted 'Lark vanity', I thought You were referring to the glove box vanity that was offered on those cars!

Manduck2k3
01-18-2014, 03:14 PM
Thank you both I changed it to a better description.. It has the original title and a book that tells woman how to seduce cops.. Along with actual car stuff ..though to be honest I haven't read the book so I can't verify that it's just what he told me..

SN-60
01-18-2014, 03:22 PM
Hey, I have that same edition 1963 Motor's Auto Repair Manual! What chapter has the 'How a woman can seduce cops' instructions in it?

Manduck2k3
01-18-2014, 03:33 PM
Not sure yet just what he told me.. My guess is that the original owners manual would have something weird like that. Not the repair book..

StudeRich
01-18-2014, 03:45 PM
Here is the best comparison you will ever find, same '63 Lark Custom 4 Door, 259 V8 Automatic, same Rose Mist paint but with a New Interior, and freshly overhauled Engine that took about 5 weeks to get the $4500.00 Buy it Now asking price, a much better Car.
So I think you would be closer at a $3500 starting eBay Auction and it could get bid to 4000.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-Studebaker-Lark-/231133922924?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&nma=true&si=2NwtYUqmkiGYorkdrxoPt33ggGA%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

Manduck2k3
01-18-2014, 03:48 PM
I haven't ebayed in a good while. Seem to remember they get a chunk if it sells or something.. I'll do some craigslist add at $4000 see how it goes.. Thanks for the info really appreciate it!

wolfie
01-18-2014, 04:08 PM
Before you list it check the floors, including the trunk, and frame for rust. Anyone really interested is going to ask about those areas specifically. Rust seems to start in the floors at the base of the divider posts between the doors or the drivers foot area. Frames usually rot over or around the rear wheels or right at the front doors. Assuming that is the original paint the car looks reasonably solid but you will be asked about those areas. Too far away from me and I am not interested at the prices quoted but I do like the car and would bid the car at auction (E-bay or Proxibid since I wouldnt gamble on attending a live auction that far away) assuming it is not a rust bucket. Best of luck, Steve

52hawk
01-18-2014, 04:13 PM
Craigs list is free-start at 5k,you can always lower the price! An important question hasn't been addressed: With all the previous rust repairs showing their age,HOW'S the Frame?[pics of the frame,if it's solid,will really help sell the car. Good Luck!!

wolfie
01-18-2014, 04:16 PM
http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?78193-Cleaned-a-lil-dust-off-today

Another forum member with a comparable Lark. Steve

57pack
01-18-2014, 04:23 PM
Hey, I have that same edition 1963 Motor's Auto Repair Manual! What chapter has the 'How a woman can seduce cops' instructions in it?

My 1963 Lark Daytona Wagonaire had a little booklet in the glove box
It was called "Alice in Larkland" I think it had some info for women only in it.

Manduck2k3
01-18-2014, 04:26 PM
Craigs list is free-start at 5k,you can always lower the price! An important question hasn't been addressed: With all the previous rust repairs showing their age,HOW'S the Frame?[pics of the frame,if it's solid,will really help sell the car. Good Luck!!


Ill see see if I can get it up on the hoist to take pics of the under side.. I think the trunk might be rusted through.. Not all that sure.. I'd hate if it turns out to be more of a parts car.. If only it was yellow :-)

StudeRich
01-18-2014, 04:28 PM
Yeah just the little thing in there about hiking your skirt up a bit to attract a helpful guy to change your flat tire, not a Cop.
Might not be the thing to do today, and even worse to suggest it! :ohmy:

JimsLeadCommander
01-18-2014, 06:35 PM
Here is the best comparison you will ever find, same '63 Lark Custom 4 Door, 259 V8 Automatic, same Rose Mist paint but with a New Interior, and freshly overhauled Engine that took about 5 weeks to get the $4500.00 Buy it Now asking price, a much better Car.
So I think you would be closer at a $3500 starting eBay Auction and it could get bid to 4000.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-Studebaker-Lark-/231133922924?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&nma=true&si=2NwtYUqmkiGYorkdrxoPt33ggGA%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

......and Rich, YOU of all Studebaker officianado's didn't buy it?? It would have been a very nice daily driver for tooling around in Ferndale!

StudeDave57
01-18-2014, 06:43 PM
......and Rich, YOU of all Studebaker officianado's didn't buy it?? It would have been a very nice daily driver for tooling around in Ferndale!
The cost to get it to Ferndale would be a bit much Jim.



StudeDave '57 :cool:

1962larksedan
01-18-2014, 07:10 PM
OK: what is it about all of those 1963 Stude 4 doors coming out of the woodwork over the last few years? :p

showbizkid
01-18-2014, 10:21 PM
And in Rose Mist, no less!!!

Manduck2k3
01-19-2014, 06:50 PM
Yeah if it wasn't pink.. Heck if it was yellow I'd keep it.. :-)

Bob Andrews
01-19-2014, 07:39 PM
I already contacted the Studebaker museum in Illinois but I guess they have one already :)


There's a Studebaker museum in IL? Where?

And there is no such Lark model called 'Vanity'.

Dick Steinkamp
01-19-2014, 07:59 PM
There's a Studebaker museum in IL? Where?

And there is no such Lark model called 'Vanity'.



Every other regular here has already noticed these minor errors, but have had the courtesy not to jump the OP on one of his first posts. We'll get him later when he gets hooked on Studebakers. :D

Welcome, Richard. Nice little Lark. I hope you keep it...at least for a while. Stick around here. Most of us are more than willing to help you learn about them and make it a nice and unique driver.

Bob Andrews
01-19-2014, 08:21 PM
Every other regular here has already noticed these minor errors, but have had the courtesy not to jump the OP on one of his first posts. We'll get him later when he gets hooked on Studebakers. :D

Welcome, Richard. Nice little Lark. I hope you keep it...at least for a while. Stick around here. Most of us are more than willing to help you learn about them and make it a nice and unique driver.

All I did was ask a legitimate question, and offer a simple correction.

Manduck2k3
01-19-2014, 08:24 PM
Sorry I mean in Indiana "201 S. Chapin Street South Bend, IN 46601" as for "vanity model" I mean target demographically for woman but maybe I'm wrong.. I do have the origional title from 1963 though it was folded in half and has sense split.. hmm maybe I should try tracking down the original owner..

"To err is human to forgive divine" :) meh I goofed I'll own it :-)

I think ima call around locally and see if I can find someone who might know it's restoration cost.. Sry but if I drive it I'm gonna paint it.. :)

Manduck2k3
01-19-2014, 08:35 PM
For whatever it's worth I put a battery in it and she turns over.. heck even the wipers work.. :-) Idk about you but that makes me excited.

Dick Steinkamp
01-19-2014, 08:37 PM
For whatever it's worth I put a battery in it and she turns over.. heck even the wipers work.. :-) Idk about you but that makes me excited.

Just wait until you hear it run for the first time! :!:

Corvanti
01-19-2014, 08:45 PM
Yeah if it wasn't pink.. Heck if it was yellow I'd keep it.. :-)

a late "welcome" to the forum!

if you still plan on selling her, the "Rose Mist" color is quite desirable to potential Lark buyers.

if you decide to keep her - then it's your car and your money making whatever changes you want... some may b!+ch and moan about changes but the most important thing is to have fun with her!!!:)

Manduck2k3
01-19-2014, 08:59 PM
a late "welcome" to the forum!

if you still plan on selling her, the "Rose Mist" color is quite desirable to potential Lark buyers.

if you decide to keep her - then it's your car and your money making whatever changes you want... some may b!+ch and moan about changes but the most important thing is to have fun with her!!!:)

Yeah the one on Wikipedia looks nice in it's old pink.. but it's just not me.. thanks for the welcome

btw the 1953 Studebaker Commander Starliner is totally awesome looking..

SScopelli
01-19-2014, 10:15 PM
I have a 1963 Studebaker lark 4 door Sedan (vanity model) that the guy that used to rent from me has giving me to pay off some of the back rent he owes me.

I don't know much about it, other than it has the original title, I believe he is the third owner.

I think it runs "with a good battery" I know it used to run as my neighbor used it in his wedding..

if anyone is interested in it or knows anywhere I should take it I'm in Chelsea Michigan. I already contacted the Studebaker museum in Illinois but I guess they have one already :)

thanks
Richard

Are those 56 Ford Hub caps?

Manduck2k3
01-19-2014, 10:19 PM
Are those 56 Ford Hub caps?


Not sure sorry, I don't believe they are but honestly no clue.. sry..

StudeRich
01-19-2014, 10:40 PM
The Wheel Covers look like Aftermarket copies of '55/'56 Ford W/C's and very much like the design of the '64-'65 Stude. type.

wolfie
01-19-2014, 11:49 PM
For whatever it's worth I put a battery in it and she turns over.. heck even the wipers work.. :-) Idk about you but that makes me excited.

These are tough old motors that come back to life after being dormant amazingly well. I bet with clean gas and points it'll go. Steve

JimC
01-20-2014, 01:42 AM
Hey Richard,

Get it running and drive it a bit. You may fall in love with it.

They're a fun car to drive around. My '63 (seen below) always gets attention. Today was the first "nice" day around here in several weeks, so I took it to our Studebaker Club chapter meeting. It was alost comical, watching people crane their heads while driving to check out my car. I'm pretty sure I nearly caused an accident! :D

If you want to keep it, MAACO will paint it any color you want for cheap. If you want to sell it, keep it Rose mist, it will sell better. I think the guys are fairly accurate on their pricing, but while those are fair prices for a running car, expect to be patient for the right buyer if you want that. If the tires are old and it can't be driven, about a grand is the best you may be able to hope for, and if it has a lot of rust it could go for less than that. As it was, mine was completely and safely drivable, and I got it right around the 3k zone. Sadly, Studebakers aren't worth as much as they ought to be, at least in my humble opinion. They are great, reliable cars if treated well. Fun too.

If you need help getting her going, ask away. We're a friendly lot.