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    anybody know anything about this rear engine, porche powered 60 lark, 2 door, built by a man that worked at Curtis Wright ?. i found one, not for sale. thanks. skip. ps. still have 64 commander 4 door for sale. 850 or b/o. email shiftknob@gwi.net or call skip at 603 622 5292. thanks.

  • #2
    Yes, I know some about that car. I barely missed out on buying it when it was discovered in a warehouse in New Jersey in the early 1970s (IIRC).

    I don't know what you mean by "a man at Curtis Wright." It was built by Curtis-Wright in conjunction with Studebaker.

    I saw the car at a Studebaker meet after I missed out on it. The last that I knew, the car is in New England.

    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      Yes, I know some about that car. I barely missed out on buying it when it was discovered in a warehouse in New Jersey in the early 1970s (IIRC).

      I don't know what you mean by "a man at Curtis Wright." It was built by Curtis-Wright in conjunction with Studebaker.

      I saw the car at a Studebaker meet after I missed out on it. The last that I knew, the car is in New England.

      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      SDC member since 1968
      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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      • #4
        Hi,
        that car was in TW in the late 1980's from memory.

        I remember looking at it at the Boston International Stude meet in 1990 so it is probably still in SDC

        Greg



        Greg Diffen
        Australian Stude nut living in Warwick, United Kingdom

        1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 Dutch delivered
        1937 Dicator sedan. Australian Body by TJ Richards
        1939 Packard Seven Passenger monster UK delivered
        1939 Commander Swiss Cabriolet by Lagenthal
        1988 Avanti Convertible
        Greg Diffen

        Editor Studebaker Owners Club UK magazine

        Australian Stude guy living in Warwick, United Kingdom

        1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 delivered new in the Netherlands
        1937 Dictator sedan Australian Body by TJ Richards RHC
        1937 Packard Super 8 Limousine UK delivered RHC
        1939 Packard Super 8 Seven Passenger sedan monster UK delivered RHC
        1939 Commander Cabriolet by Lagenthal of Switzerland
        1963 Lark Daytona Hardtop
        1988 Avanti Convertible

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        • #5
          Hi,
          that car was in TW in the late 1980's from memory.

          I remember looking at it at the Boston International Stude meet in 1990 so it is probably still in SDC

          Greg



          Greg Diffen
          Australian Stude nut living in Warwick, United Kingdom

          1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 Dutch delivered
          1937 Dicator sedan. Australian Body by TJ Richards
          1939 Packard Seven Passenger monster UK delivered
          1939 Commander Swiss Cabriolet by Lagenthal
          1988 Avanti Convertible
          Greg Diffen

          Editor Studebaker Owners Club UK magazine

          Australian Stude guy living in Warwick, United Kingdom

          1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 delivered new in the Netherlands
          1937 Dictator sedan Australian Body by TJ Richards RHC
          1937 Packard Super 8 Limousine UK delivered RHC
          1939 Packard Super 8 Seven Passenger sedan monster UK delivered RHC
          1939 Commander Cabriolet by Lagenthal of Switzerland
          1963 Lark Daytona Hardtop
          1988 Avanti Convertible

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          • #6
            I talked to the guy who owned it a couple of years ago after seeing it at the Northeast Zone meet some years before. I borrowed the documentation from him and can confirm that it was a brand-new 1959 Lark two-door, 6 cylinder, s/n 59S-36429, built Feb. 4, 1959 and registered Feb. 17, 1959 by Curtis-Wright. It had a 70 hp, 1500 cc Porsche engine, transaxle and suspension installed in the trunk after removing the Champ engine, 3-speed transmission, drive shaft, axle, and springs. The Porsche engine was a fresh rebuild direct from the Porsche factory. Curtis-Wright had allegedly planned to test it as a rear-engine drive car, then swap a rotary engine in, but the second phase never happened.

            [Weird, there's some kind of filter on postings that won't let me enter the word W A N K E L, wants to block the first 4 letters and replace them with asterisks, LOL! Bob Shaw, what's with that!!!]

            I had written about this car in our chapter's newsletter and put the article and pictures on-line here:
            http://www.studegarage.com/porsche.htm

            [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
            Dartmouth, Mass.
            '48 M5
            '65 Wagonaire Commander
            '63 Wagonaire Standard
            web site at http://www.studegarage.com
            Gary Ash
            Dartmouth, Mass.

            '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
            ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
            '48 M5
            '65 Wagonaire Commander
            '63 Wagonaire Standard
            web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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            • #7
              I talked to the guy who owned it a couple of years ago after seeing it at the Northeast Zone meet some years before. I borrowed the documentation from him and can confirm that it was a brand-new 1959 Lark two-door, 6 cylinder, s/n 59S-36429, built Feb. 4, 1959 and registered Feb. 17, 1959 by Curtis-Wright. It had a 70 hp, 1500 cc Porsche engine, transaxle and suspension installed in the trunk after removing the Champ engine, 3-speed transmission, drive shaft, axle, and springs. The Porsche engine was a fresh rebuild direct from the Porsche factory. Curtis-Wright had allegedly planned to test it as a rear-engine drive car, then swap a rotary engine in, but the second phase never happened.

              [Weird, there's some kind of filter on postings that won't let me enter the word W A N K E L, wants to block the first 4 letters and replace them with asterisks, LOL! Bob Shaw, what's with that!!!]

              I had written about this car in our chapter's newsletter and put the article and pictures on-line here:
              http://www.studegarage.com/porsche.htm

              [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
              Dartmouth, Mass.
              '48 M5
              '65 Wagonaire Commander
              '63 Wagonaire Standard
              web site at http://www.studegarage.com
              Gary Ash
              Dartmouth, Mass.

              '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
              ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
              '48 M5
              '65 Wagonaire Commander
              '63 Wagonaire Standard
              web site at http://www.studegarage.com

              Comment


              • #8
                got to be in reference to an English term and I spell it backwards so it may be seen..reknaw look that up in your Funk and Wagnall's

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                • #9
                  got to be in reference to an English term and I spell it backwards so it may be seen..reknaw look that up in your Funk and Wagnall's

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                  • #10
                    I wondered about that word before; turns out "w ank" is a verb in England meaning to pleasure one's self...[:I]

                    I have the same thing happen on a local racing forum when I mention former Indy driver Gordon Johnc ock...

                    Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                    Parish, central NY 13131
                    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

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                    • #11
                      I wondered about that word before; turns out "w ank" is a verb in England meaning to pleasure one's self...[:I]

                      I have the same thing happen on a local racing forum when I mention former Indy driver Gordon Johnc ock...

                      Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                      Parish, central NY 13131
                      http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

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