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Serial number identification?

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    I love the page displayed below but am having trouble reading it. My newly aquired 1962 Lark Cruiser runs like a top but needs some body work and paint. I'm an old fashioned gal and my husband has agreed to restore her as a stock car would be (NO hot rodding allowed). I am new to the Studebaker owner scene. I have always adored them from afar. When he found this one for me and running was a plus, we had to get her. I think we have named her Tammy Faye... Any how, I need help with the id and original information on her. Color etc... Any pictures of what her inside should look like. I don't think she has her original seats. And some goof actually put in a NEW stereo. I just have 2 of the 3 numbers I was told she has to identify her. The serial number is very clear on the inside door. 62V-I242I. The number under her hood is 62V-Y8 1846. I have not found an engine # yet though. It got dark before I could get her under the lights in the shop. Can anyone out there please help me out. I have lost contact with my old friend Gene here in California. I'm sure he would know... By the way, has anyone seen Gene?

    Sonya Huff

    Sonya Huff

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    The serial number is 12421. Studebaker stamped I instead of 1 but 1 is intended. Your Cruiser was assembled in South Bend.
    The long wheel base was available in 1962 as Y1 (taxi), Y3 (police), Y4 (deluxe), Y6 (regal) and Y8 (luxury). Looks like you got the best!
    If your engine number is preficed with a V it is a 259, if P it is a 289.
    You can order a copy of the original production order from the Studebaker National Museum by supplying them with the serial number.

    I would bet Leonard has pictures of a '62 Luxury interior.

    Brad Johnson
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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    • #3
      Sounds like a nice car! My grandad owns a '62 Y8 Cruiser. It's probably in the same shape as yours; runs and drives great but the interior is shot and it needs a paint job, although it's fairly straight and solid.
      Being it's a '62, mort likely it's a 259 engine. The 289 was optional.

      Maybe this will help.



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      Matthew Burnette
      Hazlehurst, Georgia
      '59 Scotsman PU
      '63 Daytona HT

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