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  • raprice
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    When the '59 Lark came out, I had just graduated college and was 21. I thought the Lark was a nice car, not as sporty as the Hawk, but really cute. Personally, I liked the car a lot as well as many others. The '59 Lark gave Studebaker a reprieve, at least temporarily. It was a big sales year for Stude and it was due to the Lark. A friend of mine bought a '60 Lark convertible with the 259 V-8 and it was a pretty hot car. It was black with red vinyl interior. No one could say that it wasn't a cool car.
    I must have liked it because I own one now.
    Rog

    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

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  • raprice
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    When the '59 Lark came out, I had just graduated college and was 21. I thought the Lark was a nice car, not as sporty as the Hawk, but really cute. Personally, I liked the car a lot as well as many others. The '59 Lark gave Studebaker a reprieve, at least temporarily. It was a big sales year for Stude and it was due to the Lark. A friend of mine bought a '60 Lark convertible with the 259 V-8 and it was a pretty hot car. It was black with red vinyl interior. No one could say that it wasn't a cool car.
    I must have liked it because I own one now.
    Rog

    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

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  • 8E45E
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    More here: http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Kaiser/
    And scans of a '61 sales brochure here: http://www.kfnut.com/carabela/page1.html

    Essentially, they made them until the body stamping dies wore out

    Thanks for the links! As many know IKA later made the '64-'69 Rambler American, and called it the Torino.

    Craig

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  • 8E45E
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    More here: http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Kaiser/
    And scans of a '61 sales brochure here: http://www.kfnut.com/carabela/page1.html

    Essentially, they made them until the body stamping dies wore out

    Thanks for the links! As many know IKA later made the '64-'69 Rambler American, and called it the Torino.

    Craig

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  • Lark289
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    ^^^ Thanks for the great picture of the Kaiser and the Stude!

    Ready for a trip to the beach!

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  • Lark289
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    ^^^ Thanks for the great picture of the Kaiser and the Stude!

    Ready for a trip to the beach!

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  • showbizkid
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    quote:Wow!!! A 1962 Kaiser Manhattan. What were the differences? Does anyone have pics of the Carabela?
    No differences, really! Here's a pic of a '61 (note Stude content!):


    More here: http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Kaiser/
    And scans of a '61 sales brochure here: http://www.kfnut.com/carabela/page1.html

    Essentially, they made them until the body stamping dies wore out


    [img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

    Clark in San Diego
    '63 F2/Lark Standard
    http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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  • showbizkid
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    quote:Wow!!! A 1962 Kaiser Manhattan. What were the differences? Does anyone have pics of the Carabela?
    No differences, really! Here's a pic of a '61 (note Stude content!):


    More here: http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Kaiser/
    And scans of a '61 sales brochure here: http://www.kfnut.com/carabela/page1.html

    Essentially, they made them until the body stamping dies wore out


    [img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

    Clark in San Diego
    '63 F2/Lark Standard
    http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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  • Studedude1961
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    Craig check out Patrick Foster's excellent book, "AMC THE LAST INDEPENDENT" for the full story on the Rambler American...the first U.S. car design resurrected IN THE U.S. a few years after the dies and tooling had been mothballed (the 1958 American is basically a 1955 Rambler with the rear wheels opened up). THAT's what I meant by the post above. You are certainly correct that some Kaiser, Willys and other U.S. designs were later used in foreign countries, but I think people knew what I was referring to.

    Studedude1961
    --1963 Cruiser

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  • Studedude1961
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    Craig check out Patrick Foster's excellent book, "AMC THE LAST INDEPENDENT" for the full story on the Rambler American...the first U.S. car design resurrected IN THE U.S. a few years after the dies and tooling had been mothballed (the 1958 American is basically a 1955 Rambler with the rear wheels opened up). THAT's what I meant by the post above. You are certainly correct that some Kaiser, Willys and other U.S. designs were later used in foreign countries, but I think people knew what I was referring to.

    Studedude1961
    --1963 Cruiser

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  • Studedude1961
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    quote:Originally posted by 8E45E

    quote:Originally posted by Studedude1961

    the "new" American marked the first and, so far, the last time a manufacturer brought back an old design from the dead. The tooling for the 1958 American was a slightly remodeled 1955 Rambler.
    I disagree with that one! Car manufacturers have been doing that for years, and still do to this day!! After a current body style runs its course here in North America, the dies get shipped to South America, or Australia, and become recycled 'new cars' to those markets. And the Eurpoeans do it as well. Probably the best known recycled car would be the Hindustan Ambassador, still sold in India, that started life in England as the 1954 Morris MO series Oxford. That car no doubt holds the record for having the oldest body stampings in the industry. In China, Shanghai Automotive Corporation bought up the MG and Rover assembly lines and parts from bankrupt Rover Group and shipped all over there. Now they are recycling the Rover 75 and MG-F models...

    Craig

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  • Studedude1961
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    quote:Originally posted by 8E45E

    quote:Originally posted by Studedude1961

    the "new" American marked the first and, so far, the last time a manufacturer brought back an old design from the dead. The tooling for the 1958 American was a slightly remodeled 1955 Rambler.
    I disagree with that one! Car manufacturers have been doing that for years, and still do to this day!! After a current body style runs its course here in North America, the dies get shipped to South America, or Australia, and become recycled 'new cars' to those markets. And the Eurpoeans do it as well. Probably the best known recycled car would be the Hindustan Ambassador, still sold in India, that started life in England as the 1954 Morris MO series Oxford. That car no doubt holds the record for having the oldest body stampings in the industry. In China, Shanghai Automotive Corporation bought up the MG and Rover assembly lines and parts from bankrupt Rover Group and shipped all over there. Now they are recycling the Rover 75 and MG-F models...

    Craig

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  • 8E45E
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    1964 Larks were Motor Trends(?) "Car of the Year".

    It was 'Canada Track & Traffic' magazine's Car of the Year (Now called 'Carguide'). That magazine was VERY pro-Studebaker right to the end of production in 1966.

    Craig.

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  • 8E45E
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    1964 Larks were Motor Trends(?) "Car of the Year".

    It was 'Canada Track & Traffic' magazine's Car of the Year (Now called 'Carguide'). That magazine was VERY pro-Studebaker right to the end of production in 1966.

    Craig.

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  • Lark289
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    quote:Originally posted by showbizkid

    My favorite example of "overseas second life" is Kaiser Argentina, which produced what was essentially the 1951 Manhattan, renamed the Carabela, all the way through 1962.
    Wow!!! A 1962 Kaiser Manhattan. What were the differences? Does anyone have pics of the Carabela?




    Ready for a trip to the beach!

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