For Sale: 1962 Studebaker Lark in San Jose, California

Vehicle Description

Beautiful 1962 Studebaker 2-door Lark.  I did the bodywork myself and had it professionally repainted.  The original Straight-6 engine was replaced with rebuilt 259 cubic-inch V-8.  No clock or cigarette lighter.

 

Features:

  • Rebuilt V-8 engine (low mileage)
  • Radial white-wall tires
  • Power-coated rims
  • Upholstered interior with original fabrics (Gray with white piping)
  • Beautiful headliner and wind lace
  • Rebuilt radio with MP3 music adapter
  • Rebuilt brake system
  • Front and rear bumpers re-chromed
  • Original year-of-manufacture license plates
  • Paperwork and receipts included

 

Notes from Wikipedia on the 1962 Larks:  In an effort to reverse the downward sales trend created when Detroit rolled out its own compacts in 1960 and 1961, new Studebaker-Packard president Sherwood Egbert called upon his friend, noted industrial designer Brooks Stevens, to effect a striking yet cost-effective 1962 update. Stevens lengthened the car body, especially at the rear, and modernized the interior. Studebaker's board of directors were reportedly pleased with the extent of the changes Stevens was able to make. They could not believe he could do so much for so little money.

In addition to the new styling, Studebaker joined the increasing popularity of front bucket seats and center console models of the early 1960s with the introduction of the Daytona. In the same way that the Cruiser had become the top-of-the-line four-door for 1961, the new Daytona replaced the Regal as the top-trim convertible and hardtop, although Regal versions of these body styles remained available.

All four-door sedans for 1962 moved to the Cruiser's 113 in (2,900 mm) wheelbase body. However, the Cruiser remained the only four-door with rear-door vent windows. Two-door models gained a half-inch in wheelbase, up from 108.5" to 109".

The only model that was deleted from the 1962 lineup was the Deluxe series two-door wagon, which had slipped in popularity since the four-door wagon's debut in 1960. However, some leftover 1961-model two-door wagon bodies were fitted with the new 1962 front clips. This was done to fill a U.S. government fleet order. No one is certain how many were built, although the number was certainly minuscule, and none are known to exist today.

The immediate effect of Stevens' restyle was improved sales. Indeed, had it not been for a strike called by the United Auto Workers Local 5 in early 1962 at Studebaker's South Bend home plant, writers then and now expressed confidence that the company could have easily sold more than 100,000 of the new cars. Despite the strike, which halted production for 38 days, the company sold over 90,000, far more than had been sold in 1961.

 

 

 

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1311999
  • Price:$11,500
  • Location:San Jose, California
  • Year:1962
  • Make:Studebaker
  • Model:Lark
  • Exterior Color:White
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:77255
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Restoration History:Partially Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Very Good
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Custom Stereo:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Engine History:Replaced
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive

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