The Studebaker Lark was a compact car initially released in 1959 by oddball make Studebaker, assembled at their South Bend, Indiana manufacturing plant. The numerical designation (VI or VIII) on the side of a Lark doesn’t refer to model generation as is typical of similar era cars, it actually designates the number of engine cylinders (I6 or V8). This DT writer was driving down the street near King Harbor in Redondo Beach, CA and stumbled upon this orange/white 1960 Studebaker Lark VIII for sale by owner for $2200.
The Lark VIII was a small economy car from the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company and had a reputation for being a fast compact back in the day — a 1960 Falcon, Comet, Corvair or Valiant all took approximately 20 seconds to reach 60mph, but the Lark VIII could do it in 10 seconds. It isn’t fast in today’s world of 270 horsepower minivans, but it won’t feel dog slow…like a 1960 Corvair…
This Lark is wearing classic surfer stickers and what looks like a decent paint job from some distance. Closer inspection reveals paint/rust coming through around the bottom edges of the doors and quarter panels.
A brief peek through the window reveals a column shifted automatic transmission and an interior in very nice shape for the price. The dash is un-cracked and the seats look to be covered in relatively well preserved fabric.
We like the color matched stock wheels, and the white walls actually look good- they coordinate with the orange/white scheme of the car very well.
Just a few more pics we took showing the Lark.
Lest you think this ad is a lark, we’ve included a rear pic with sellers phone and a semi-permanent for sale sticker.
Contact info for the seller and his asking price is shown in the pic above – please note this car is for sale as of 1/21/2013, if you are reading this post in 2016 please don’t call the seller asking if the car is still available.
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