The Pick of the Day is 1963 Studebaker Lark 4-door sedan, maybe not the most beautiful or sporty collector car out there but a fun little craft with a backstory to which we can all relate.
That story is not about the Studebaker’s origins, but its recent history of love and rejection.
The private seller, a dad in Hurricane, Utah, advertising the Lark on ClassicCars.com, tells the sad tale nicely in the ad.
“This is a wonderful example of a well-preserved Studebaker,” the seller says. “We purchased the car recently from an estate of a 90-year-old collector. He had several Studebakers in his collection. This was the last one available.
“My soon-to-be 16-year-old daughter fell in love with the classic look and the excellent red interior the minute she laid eyes on it. Lucky for us we were able to acquire it.
“The funny thing is, the entire time we were negotiating the sale and delivery of this car, we both thought it was an automatic. We got a surprise when it showed up. This car sports a rare ‘three on the tree’ manual transmission.
“I thought it was awesome. Needless to say, my daughter did not. No clutch for her. Automatic only. That’s why we’ve decided to let someone else enjoy this classic beauty.”
The Studebaker is apparently an original survivor driven less than 55,000 miles, with a rust-free body and undercarriage, presentable paint, a decent interior and its original owner’s manual. It looks gnarly under the hood, but perhaps it just needs a good detailing.
Power is supplied by an inline-6, to which the seller has added new points and spark plugs, as well as a new muffler and Interstate battery. The Studebaker “fires right up and is ready to roll,” the seller says.
The asking price is a modest $8,000 or best offer.
“This car isn’t perfect but you’ll be hard-pressed to find (a) car in this good of condition for this price,” the seller adds. “Motivated seller. I’ve got to find an automatic for my sweetheart.
“The 3-speed transmission is smooth and so fun to drive (For me anyways. NOT for my little girl). It also has overdrive. Bonus!”
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.