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  • The Wagon's Home And The Work Begins

    Our last post (yesterday) was from the road on our trip to get our new '60 wagon, "LuLu." We got home too late to post last night, so we thought we'd take some time today to share the rest of our journey and the first stage of her clean up.

    We got the old girl loaded on the trailer and headed back for home around noon. We couldn't resist stopping to take a picture by these green hills in California...LuLu's going to be a desert dweller now! We always joke that any moisture in these cars always evaporates the second we reach the Arizona border.

    We stopped at a great antique shop on the way home to stretch our legs. They had a great garage-themed display, but no Studebakers!

    There was no way we could pass Historic Route 66 without a picture. Lo and behold, the seller had loaded LuLu onto the trailer a little too far to the right. It was just as good of a place as any for us to reload her and for John to get to drive her a bit for the first time. If Tracy just so happened to have a camera in her hand at the time...all the better! What a great opportunity!

    We arrived home about 12:30 AM and went straight to bed, wondering what our neighbors were going to think when they woke up in the morning to find another Studebaker at our house! (No one has said a word that good or bad?)

    The car contained numerous little treasures...the requisite hair pins, paperclips, match books, loose change, and food wrappers that give us a clue to who used to drive the car. Additionally, the seller had included all of the paperwork gathered on the car since it was originally purchased (old receipts, gas logs, owner's manuals, etc.) As best as we can tell, we are the fourth owners. The second owner was an SDC member as of at least 2002, so we have some people looking into that for us.

    This sticker is on the front windshield. It was one we hadn't seen before. We got on eBay today and there is another car for sale with this same decal/sticker in the exact same place on the car!

    The only numbers we've found stamped on the engine were these.

    Under the hood. We haven't had the chance to clean here yet, but the numbers on the firewall are 60S-P6 241.

    The view through the back of the wagon.

    The interior after a quick clean-up. (The puddle under the car is from the water it was washed far only a few drips of oil.)

    The VIN tag.

    The dash after we wiped it down.

    John finally has Studebaker with a working radio!!! (This was before we wiped down the dash.)

    LuLu after her first bath...she's quite the striking little Studebaker!

    Some people have asked whether we're planning on "flipping" the new wagon. Not in a million years!! LuLu's a great addition to our family and we are already looking forward to many more adventures with her!

  • #2
    What a great looking Lark! You guys scored!


    • #3
      That is one sweet ride. [8D][] Congratulations again! [^]

      '57 Transtar Deluxe
      Vancouver Island Chapter </h5>

      Mark Hayden
      '66 Commander
      Zone Coordinator
      Pacific Can-Am Zone


      • #4
        You got such a great deal, you just have to pop for a set of wide white radials. With those and some detailing, you'd be done.

        JDP Maryland


        • #5
          Holy cow what a car~ good score, you made. Welcome to the long roof club!!!

          Dare I ask where that pic of the Route 66 logo was taken [?] [?] [?]
          I think I've been there before...

          StudeDave '57 [8D]
          Ferndale, WA

          '54 Commander Regal 4dr 'Ruby'
          '57 Parkview 'Betsy' (she's a 2dr wagon)
          '57 Commander DeLuxe 2dr 'Baby'
          '57 Champion Custom 2dr 'Jewel'
          '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
          '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
          StudeDave '57
          US Navy (retired)

          3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
          SDC Member since 1985

          past President
          Whatcom County Chapter SDC
          San Diego Chapter SDC

          past Vice President
          San Diego Chapter SDC
          North Florida Chapter SDC


          • #6
            Sweet catch!

            Dylan Wills
            '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
            Dylan Wills
            Everett, Wa.

            1961 Lark 4 door wagon
            1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
            1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
            1914 Ford Model T


            • #7
              I've driven a similar wagon to this ('62) for about nine months. It'll be a sweet ride. Grams' car had a V8 in it with OverDrive. Looks like Lulu has the overdrive as well, or is that chrome handle the hood release? Nonetheless, she'll give you quite good mileage on the smiles-per-milesometer. Lulu is a beauty![:X][8D] Congratulations!

              Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
              Ron Smith
              Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
              Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
              Ron Smith
              Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?


              • #8
                What a great looking car. It looks like someone really cared for her thru the years.

                Venice, Florida
                1950 Champion
                9G F1


                • #9
                  Beautiful. I bet, contrary to what some might say, you'll be just fine with the 6 banger. Great score![^]

                  Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
                  Parish, central NY 13131

                  GOD BLESS AMERICA


                  • #10
                    What a terrific-looking wagon! That red Regal interior looks great, as does the roof rack. Rest of the car looks great too!

                    Congratulations on such a great find!

                    Bill Pressler
                    Kent, OH
                    '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1 (sold new by Cordell Motors, Moorhead, MN)
                    '64 Daytona Hardtop (sold new by Carl E. Filer Co., Greenville, PA)

                    Bill Pressler
                    Kent, OH
                    (formerly Greenville, PA)
                    Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                    Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                    1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                    1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                    All are in Australia now


                    • #11
                      Great route 66 picture( Turning wheels material). As for the wide whitewalls, i think it would clash with the white rims, leave em black unless you go with the full hubcaps. Thats one sweet ride.

                      101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.


                      • #12
                        Lulu is a lucky girl to have found such nice adoptive parents.
                        Enjoy the ride,John and Tracy!

                        Merritt Modzel
                        Western North Carolina
                        1961 Regal Lark VIII


                        • #13
                          Congratulations. That is a great looking wagon. Your pictures are very nice.
                          Thank you for posting. Good luck with your new family member.

                          Gary Sanders
                          Nixa, MO
                          President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.
                          Gary Sanders
                          Nixa, MO


                          • #14
                            Wow! [^] Worth the wait.


                            • #15
                              Another great adventure in the making! The two pics on grass would make nice TW covers.

                              '50 Champion, 1 family owner