1960 Studebaker Lark VIII Regal 4-Door Sedan

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Technical specifications

Model:Lark VIII
Fuel Type:GAS
Color:Sandalwood Beige
Transmission:3-Speed Automatic
Interior Color:Tan
Engine:4.2L 4245CC 259Cu. In. V8 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
Number of Cylinders:8
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I am a 40 year Studebaker collector and have enjoyed taking this little Lark to local car shows and Studebaker Drivers Club meets where she looks great lined up right next to the trophy winners. I have put about 3000 miles on her in the last year and she runs and drives as good as she looks. (Picture number one was used in the SDC Karel Stapel chapter calendar this year. The car was "Miss May".) This is a jump in and drive anywhere car.
One family owned this car until I purchased it. The original owners were elderly and I purchased the car from the grandson who is now in his 60s. It has never been completely restored but many repairs have been done including paint, chrome, carpet and upholstery by the original owners.
"Lucy Lark", being a "Regal" model, is the highest trim level, most plush four-door sedan Studebaker sold in 1960. Everything works. The turn signals don't cancel though, and my wife wants everyone to know that she doesn't come with the car to remind you to turn them off like she does me! It has a smooth, quiet, strong running 259 V-8 that doesn't smoke and a smooth and positive shifting Flight-o-matic three speed automatic transmission that operates as designed and starts from a stop in second gear unless you have it in Low. It runs and drives beautifully and steers very easily for a car without power steering. (The Mrs. LOVES driving it and that's her in the 1960 getup in the last picture.) It runs cool in really hot weather. It is equipped wih four original style lap seat belts. I like my Studebakers stock and as original as possible so a general effort was made to that end. I have a reproduction of the original production order for the car showing its final assembly date as February 11, 1960 (it's in Aquarius) and that it was shipped to Jamestown North Dakota. The original "Lloyd's Motors -Jamestown" dealer plate is affixed above the rear license plate. The car spent most of its life garaged in the Seattle area
In the last year/3000 miles, the following has been done:
4) 205/75 x 15 Coker classic wide white wall radial tires (may be 200 miles on them now )
wheel alignment
completedual exhaust (With "quiet" mufflers, NOT Flowmasters, installed with straight pipes - no "equalizer"/cross-over pipe)
control arm bushings
fuel pump
rebuilt carburetor
brake master cylinder
4 wheel cylinders
all three brake hoses
all brake springs
4 shock absorbers
original Studebaker accessory door mirror
original Studebaker accessory cigarette lighter
complete tune-up ( plugs, wires,points, condenser, rotor,cap)
valve guide seals & valve adjustment
upper and lower radiator hoses
fan belt
4 correct 1960 Studebaker full wheel covers ( had small hubcaps )
correct Studebaker front license plate bracket ( so the plate fits in the middle of the bumper )
original and correct Studebaker backup lights
throttle boot
trunk liner and spare tire cover
parklever ("pawl"..in the transmission so it holds the car in Park)
correct, year-of-manufacture vintage California license plates (these will only go to a CA buyer)
. I'm probably forgetting some things
This is a fine example of Studebaker's firstand cutest compact carnot a show winner but very, very nice .I think a little too nice to be a daily driver, unless you can avoid parking lots and parking under trees! The engine is presentable but not super detailed. The previous owner said that when he did the bodywork before painting,he removed the front clipand found someone who works in lead to repair the usual front fender rust. I find no evidence of rust anywhere else - the car has completely solid original floors. At that time the inner fenders were painted a colorhe thought he might like to paint the whole carbut then he decided it was too pink. Strangely, he never refinished the inner fendersin the final color of his choice. The car was refinished a shade lighter than the original Sandalwood beige which is still visibleon the lower part of the firewall. The seats are reupholstered in the original style and as close to the original material as possible. The door panels are original and are very nice with the exception of some minor water staining on the left rear door panel and a bullet hole in theright front. ( More on that later!)The headliner is original and perfect! The windlacing has been replaced as well as the sun visors and all door and trunk rubber. The dash pad is not perfect but very, very nicewith the exception of another bullet hole near the radio. The radio has been replaced with another original Studebaker radio that has been modified to receive FM. The antenna on the left front fender is original Studebaker equipment. Now, regarding the bullet holes, as the original owner's grandson tells it,as a youth, he, or at least the car,was involved in an altercationnear a bar involving alcohol and a shotgun. The back window was shot out and there was damage to the windshield and the interior. The windshield and the back glass were replaced as was the glove compartment door and the radio. There remains a small bullet hole in the dash pad under the radio and two small holes in the right front door panel. I bought a vinyl repair kit to repair these holesbut my wife talked me out of it -she likes cars with interesting stories! I am guessing that the crack in the brand new replacement windshield (still available) occurred on installation. An auto glass shop has doctored the end of the crack so it won't grow. I have tried to photograph it closeup and in a light that shows it the most. All the chrome is like new! The car marks its spot with, for a Studebaker, a very minor oil leak.I know this car and Studebakers in general very wellso feel free to contact me with any questions!I can send you more pictures directly if you like. We Love Lucy Lark and want to see her get a good home! My name is Peter and I can be reached at 707-987-0254 extension 22, a land linenumber that rings at my shop and my home. Inspections are welcome! A $500 non-refundable deposit is due within 48 hours of purchase via Pay-Pal, cashiers check or direct deposit. The balance must be paid within seven days and the vehicle picked up within two weeks of the date of sale. Pickup/shipping arrangements arethe buyers responsibility but I will gladly assist in loading.

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