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    Well, I was out cruising yesterday when a guy named Neil (about my age) got REALLY excited about my GT Hawk. So I decided to do the cool and right thing and give him a ride around the block. He was floored, thought it was just about the best car he'd ever seen. He's not really a car guy now (more of a musician), but I was there once too, so I figured to let him in the group. He wanted to know more about Studes, so I had him give me his email address whereupon I sent him a good deal of information about the Lark (which to be honest is probably the best Stude for a complete newbie, hence why I chose that one). Its reprinted below.

    This is exciting!


    EMAIL:

    Hey-a Mac!

    It's me Jake, otherwise known as that guy with the sick Studebaker. You requested that I fill you in on the Lark, so I'll do so.

    The Lark was Studebaker's compact car introduced for the 1959 model year. It was made by basically taking a saws-all to the front and rear of a 1958 Champion sedan and designing around the center section. It was powered by either a 170 cu. inline six, a 259 cu V8, or a 289 cu. V8 (same as in my GT Hawk). With its simple grille, minimal and tasteful use of chrome and clean lines, the Lark "flew" in the face of most of the established "longer, lower and wider" styling norms fostered by Detroit's "Big Three" automakers (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler). It was made from 1959-1966, with three different styling generations emerging. Bodystyles were hardtop coupe, four-door sedan, two-door sedan, convertible (RARE), and station wagon. This, combined with the over 200,000 cars made, makes the Lark the ideal choice for a new Studebaker guy such as yourself.

    1959-1961: "The Shoebox", the classic design as envisioned by chief engineer Harold Churchill. 1959 2-door sedan pictured below.




    1962-1963: "The Faux Mercedes". As the Studebaker Corp. was the licensed distributor of all Mercedes-Benz products in the U.S. for a good while, they tried to cash on that association. 1963 four-door sedan shown below.




    1964-1966: "The Wedge": This generation comes from when Studebaker was really desperate for sales, thus they really tried to modernize the platform. Note that a lot of these (65-66) were made with either the Chevrolet 235 cu. inline-six or the 283 cu. V8. 1966 station wagon shown below.




    Parts for these are fairly easy to come by from a number of Internet sources and values remain low. Budget between $5-10,000 for a solid daily-driver. Craigslist and Ebay is your friend here.

    Also see the Studebaker Driver's Club. They are a great resource and are only too happy to have new members.

    Forum link here: https://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/

    Well, that should be enough of an intro for you. Good luck!

    -- Jake K.
    Last edited by Stude Shoo-wop!; 04-26-2020, 08:12 AM.
    Jake Robinson Kaywell: Shoo-wops and doo-wops galore to the background of some fine Studes. I'm eager and ready to go!

    1962 GT Hawk - "Daisy-Mae" - she came dressed to kill in etherial green with a charming turquoise inside. I'm hopelessly in love!

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    Good job thanks

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    • #3
      Why would a Lark be a better first time Studebaker than a Hawk? Just curious...
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      Josephine
      -55
      Champion V8
      4d sedan

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Noxnabaker View Post
        Why would a Lark be a better first time Studebaker than a Hawk? Just curious...
        Generally more parts available (esp. body panels and interior trim) as well as better fuel economy and less expensive buy-in prices. Like I told you, this guy was not a gear-head at all, so I wanted to introduce him into the hobby with the Studebaker that was least likely to disappoint him.
        Jake Robinson Kaywell: Shoo-wops and doo-wops galore to the background of some fine Studes. I'm eager and ready to go!

        1962 GT Hawk - "Daisy-Mae" - she came dressed to kill in etherial green with a charming turquoise inside. I'm hopelessly in love!

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        • #5
          good decision as there are many for sale in various stages of driveable and reasonably priced

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          • #6
            When I saw; "...that guy with the sick Studebaker...," I immediately thought of your Hawk's radiator problem, then I realized that was the new use of "sick" to mean something good not bad.
            Churchill was President of Studebaker, not "...Chief Engineer...".
            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mch View Post
              good decision as there are many for sale in various stages of derivable and reasonably priced
              A caveat............do not purchase from street stored examples from NY or NJ.............the rust and rot will bankrupt you;-( Do not ask me how I come by this tidbit of information.

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              • #8
                Okidoki! (Let's just see what he thinks when he sees a short high Lark & thinks back about the low long Hawk that got him slightly hooked... )
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                Josephine
                -55
                Champion V8
                4d sedan

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                • #9
                  Good idea Jake to try to start him out with a Lark, but be prepared to move up to the Hawk or GT if he begins to waffle. The Lark still doesn't get a lot of love, so if he can learn to like that it will maybe save one. Personally I think if he can get past the Lark's stubby looks he will like the way it drives.

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                  • #10
                    The man wants a HAWK.

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                    • #11
                      Good job, Jake!
                      Mike Davis
                      Regional Manager, North Carolina
                      1964 Champ 8E7-122 "Stuey"

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