1960 Studebaker Lark Regal Wagon
- Location: Roanoke, Virginia, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Studebaker
- Model: Lark
- Type: Wagon
- Trim: Regal
- Year: 1960
- Mileage: 141,178
- VIN: 60V-23202
- Color: Red
- Engine size: 259 V8
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Red
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1960 Studebaker Lark Regal description
I've owned this wagon since about 1991. I bought it in NC as a rust-free daily driver. I have always owned or been around '60 Larks growing up and as a lifetime member of the Studebaker Drivers Club International. I drove this daily for a couple of years.
During that time I did the following:
1. Replaced A-frame bushings
2. Re-cored radiator
3. Installed New Fiberglass Fenders from Newman & Altman
4. Installed New Grille Nose Piece NOS from Newman & Altman
5. Replaced rear axle with one from a Hawk with finned brake drums.
6. Rebuilt wheel cylinders.
7. Repaired driver’s side floor board.
8. Installed carpet in back fold down area
9. Installed rear speakers to go with the existing aftermarket 8-track stereo.
10. Bought new white wall tires
11. Had car painted
It developed a slight knock even though it wasn't high mileage. I thought it was a main bearing. I had the front clip removed and pulled the engine out to check the bottom end, but not the automatic transmission. (A mistake I now realize.) It had spun a main bearing.
Life got in the way of fixing this and getting back to driving. I moved to Roanoke, VA. I moved the car and all the parts and was careful to keep everything together. The front fenders, bumpers, hood, and nose were all removed when the engine was pulled.
In 2000 I consulted Ted Harbit of Studebaker racing legends about building a great engine. I took the block to the best local machine shop and had it cleaned, checked, and balanced. New freeze plugs and cam bearings were installed. It was kept at standard bore. I bought an engine stand and ordered all brand new parts. I have all the receipts. I've spent thousands. I never got the chance to assemble it all.
Fast forward to the man I married after all this being diagnosed with cancer and the project being put on hold indefinitely. During a year away from home at a specialty cancer hospital out of state the garage roof leaked right over where the engine and all the parts were stored. The leak got worse and the roof failed. Luckily the gaskets were all in a plastic tote and saved. The engine and many parts have surface rust. I have lots of detailed photos here.
I do have an extra engine I bought at some point. It's still assembled and also included. You can build whichever you desire. All parts and receipts are included as is the engine stand.
The 259 V8 was converted to a 4-barrel intake and carb while I owned it. I also purchased an aluminum intake for 2 x 2.
Several totes of extra parts for '60 Larks including turn signal bezels, tail light lenses, NOS grille, new full dual exhaust, NOS tailgate, extra wagon backup lights, extra wagon folding back seat, after market under dash tissue dispenser, NOS hood ornament and much more.
The chrome was always excellent on this car. The roof rack and chrome of tailgate trim are now pitted and will need re-chromed. (I regret now I didn't keep waxed.)
I have extra tune up parts, case of oil filters, regulators, generators, starters to include.
This is your chance to build a wagon that is rarer than a convertible and have lots of extra parts to sell or use for another project.
All original wheels and hubcaps though the tires don’t hold air for long.
I hate to sell it and have wrestled with it for the last few years. I hate to see it going downhill so I would rather someone else put her back together.
I have lots more photos and eBay no longer allows me to include a link to them. I do have them saved in Google photos.
A deposit is required and full payment within 7 days. You can wait 30 days to pick the car up if that helps.