Saturday, July 25, 2015

V8 Powered: 1960 Studebaker Lark Coupe

The Lark was launched in 1959 by what was then known as the Studebaker-Packard Corporation.  It was an odd combination of body-on-frame chassis in a compact sized car, but Studebaker was the "other Cola" car company and didn't follow the norm when it did anything.  Find this 1960 Studebaker Lark Coupe bidding here on eBay for $8,600 reserve-not-met with a $13,900 buy-it-now located in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Sales of the first generation Lark in 1959 model year were great, mostly because the big three hadn't released their compacts yet. However, once the Tempest, Corvair, II/ Nova, Falcon, and Dart/Lancer hit the showrooms in '60, the Studebaker Lark sales cooled at bit, at least until the 1962 Brook Stevens restyle was launched.

Power comes from a  259 cubic inch Studebaker V8, good for 180 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque.  Those numbers were decent for 1960 and the Lark developed a reputation for being a speedy little compact. 

The inside of this Lark shows very nicely, but more importantly you can see the three pedals and column shifted manual gearbox.  No word if this one has the hill holding brake system that was available on similar era Studebakers, but it would be bitchin if it did.  You can lift your foot off the brake on a hill and the car will stay stationary until you start to release the clutch.

See another V8 powered American classic?


  1. The bar fridge sized AC system is cool! (no pun intended)!

  2. It has the venerable York AC compressor, used in zillions of cars even into the '90s. My home town of Baltimore had Lark sedan police cars for one year only in 1959. One year was enough!

  3. A cheap high point car! Also usable as a driver at this price. The air cleaner looks early Corvette. There are some styling ques used today in the shape of the grill, side trim, wrap aroundd tail lights and the roof notch. Coll car.


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