Grandmother’s ’61 Studebaker


The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Studebaker Lark VIII sedan that originally was owned by the seller’s grandmother.

“This is my grandmother’s car from Allenwood, Pennsylvania,” the private seller notes in the car’s advertisement on “She was the proverbial little-old-lady who went to church and the store once a week and then dusted the car.”

The seller has owned the car for 30 years “and it’s time to entrust her to someone who will care for her for the next 57 years.”

The seller admits that at the car’s age, “Little things are starting to show up like the floor lining is cracked and the hood pull-knob has come off.”

However, the car comes with its original documentation, including hand-written notes, presumably by grandmother.

“The car is all original and in very good condition,” the seller promises. “Solid, runs well, I take it for Sunday drives.”

The seller says the body and trim are very good, upholster is original “and in excellent shape,” and adds that the “glass is flawless.”

The compact sedan is powered by its original 259cid V8 engine linked to an automatic transmission. The Lark VIII shared that engine with the Studebaker Hawk sports car. The powerplant was rated at 180 horsepower.

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The odometer shows less than 35,000 miles.

The seller, located in Los Angeles, is asking $8,500 from the car’s next caretaker.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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