PrePaint Pics: 1960 Studebaker Lark Wagon – $12,995

by | Nov 2021 | Wagon Wednesday

In one of the more stranger ways we’ve seen to market a classic car on Craigslist, the seller of this 1960 Studebaker Lark Station Wagon in existence currently listed here on Craigslist in Whitinsville, Massachusetts (Worcester) chose to post pictures of their car prior to receiving a recent paint job.  We’d recommend providing both before and after shots, but that’s just us.

Without providing pictures of their freshly painted Lark, the seller’s current ask stands at $12,995.  Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool indicates this private seller has their Lark priced between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $11,700 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $14,900.  Similarly, a second check of the Collector Car Market Review reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $10,800 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,250.

Studebaker produced the compact Lark from 1959 through 1966.    Sales of the Lark were good for the 1959 and 1960 model year, thanks to the fact that Studebaker had obtained “dual” dealerships with dealers of the Big Three manufacturers that did not as yet have their own compacts to sell. Initial models included two- and four-door sedans, a two-door hardtop coupe, and a two-door station wagon, with two levels of trim (Deluxe and Regal) offered on most.  The lineup grew for 1960 when the company introduced a convertible (Studebaker’s first since 1952) and a four-door station wagon. Two-door wagons were fast falling from favor throughout the industry, despite a minor redesign which made the two-door Lark wagon’s tailgate and rear side windows more user-friendly, and indeed the four-door quickly proved the more popular of the two available wagons from Studebaker.

For 1959 and 1960, Larks were available with either an L-head (flathead) 170 cu in (2.8 L) six-cylinder engine or the company’s 259 cu in (4.2 L) V8. Testers at the time gave high marks to the V8’s performance. A V8 Lark could turn out a 0 to 60 mph time of around 10 seconds, which was on par with much larger cars. By comparison, among the early Big Three compacts (Ford Falcon, Mercury Comet, Chevrolet Corvair, and Plymouth Valiant) that arrived on the scene in 1960, only the Valiant could break the 20-second mark from 0-60 mph.

The Cars and Stripes YouTube Channel features this vintage 1960 Studebaker “Think Big” commercial for the Lark:

Contingent on providing updated pictures, this all-beige beauty will make a nice summer beach cruiser, especially as this example features the more desirable V8.  About the only thing we would change out over the winter is what appears to be a well-worn front carpet. If you are serious about buying this classic Triumph, you can start the conversation by emailing the private seller.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their 1960 Studebaker Lark Wagon featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1960 Studebaker Lark 4 door wagon. V8, 3 speed. Just painted the body this week pictures are before paint, runs well. Interior very good very little rust true beach wagon would consider other Studebaker trades​

Show or go: what would you do with this restored Studebaker Lark wagon?  Comment below and let us know!

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