1963 Studebaker Lark
for sale by Dragone Classic Motorcars in Orange, Connecticut 06477
Classic Car Overview
As the 1950’s was coming to a close, Studebaker found itself in financial trouble that threatened to bring the company to an end. With this in mind the company’s president, Harold Churchill, suggested that Studebaker should move away from their full size car production and make a more economical compact car that was affordable, but still gave the consumer a good car. Introduced in 1959, the Lark was the car that Churchill had envisioned. Essentially their full sized chassis with length cut off in both the front and the rear, the Lark gave buyers a smaller car still with the room of a full size car. Initially sales were great, but for the 1962 model year the Lark needed a new look so famous designer Brooks Stevens was hired to give the Lark a facelift. Stevens lengthened the body, modernized the interior and added the iconic Mercedes like grille as Studebaker had a distribution agreement with Mercedes at the time. For 1963 the Lark transformed into something more than just an economy car, because of its lightweight smaller design yet stout chassis Studebaker offered the option of equipping your Lark with a 260 cubic inch V8 or the Larger 289 cubic inch V8 with a 2 or 4 barrel carburetor with or without a supercharger (R2). You could also get a 4 speed manual transmission if you really wanted the go fast goodies. The cars equipped with the larger engines also came packaged as the “Daytona” as a Lark was used as the pace car for the 1962 Daytona 500. Some V8 Larks were raced and were quite successful.
Offered here is one of these very rare 1963 Lark Daytona’s equipped with a 260 cubic inch V8 with a 4 barrel carburetor and 4 speed transmission. Even rare this is a Lark Daytona convertible. A very solid original car looking sharp in its original red color and still wearing its original black and white interior that is in fantastic condition. Found in a collection in Bristol, Tennessee this car was treated to a mechanical awakening upon our acquisition. The carburetor was rebuilt and fuel system cleaned. It also has new brakes and radial tires as well as a new white vinyl top. Even more interesting, this car still retains its original 4 speed tag on the firewall and is equipped with a factory tachometer in the dash which is very rare. Overall this is a great and rare Lark Daytona convertible that is fast and ready o be shown and driven. A very rare Studebaker. Contact us today for more information.
- Classic Car ID101650219
- Stock NumberN/A
- CategoryAmerican Classics
- Body StyleConvertible
- Engine8 Cylinder
- Transmission4 Speed Manual
- Exterior ColorRed
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