PrePaint Pics: 1960 Studebaker Lark Wagon – Sold?

by | Jul 2022 | Wagon Wednesday

August 23, 2022, Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history, we suspect it may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

July 18, 2022 Update – After several months of no action, the private seller just posted a fresh listing in which they are now asking $12,900.

May 3, 2022 Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history, we suspect may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” until we come across a new listing.

March 27, 2022 Update – When we first featured this Studebaker Lark last winter, the seller oddly posted the car using pictures before the car was painted even though it received a refresh below the roof by that point.  Fast forward through the winter, and now the seller shows the results of the fresh paint with a revised asking price of $10,900. Despite the fresh paint, that ask is lower than the original $12,995 requested but higher than the revised $10,095  just before the original listing expired.

December 14, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” unless we come across a new listing for it.

December 6, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the private seller of this Studebaker just lowered their asking price from $12,995 to $10,095. That minor change now places the asking price between the #3 “Good” and #2 “Excellent” estimates.

In one of the stranger ways we’ve seen to market a classic car on Craigslist, the seller of this 1960 Studebaker Lark Station Wagon, originally listed in November 2021 in South Grafton, Massachusetts (Worcester), chose to post pictures of their car before 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 now stands at $10,900 (the original ask was $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 #3 “Good” appraisal of $5,900.  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 #3 “Good” appraisal of $7,150.

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 that 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.

This is this seller’s current description:

“1960 Studabaker Lark wagon, 4 doors. New paint on the body roof original paint, v8, 3 speed. Clean interior runs good, good tailgate neat car do not see many of these left has old registration might consider partial trades.”

Here’s the seller’s original 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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