1959 Studebaker Lark

Front Left Blue 1959 Studebaker Lark Car Picture

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In 1959, Studebaker featured four models of the Lark: a two-door sedan, a four-door sedan, a two-door hardtop, and a two-door station wagon (available in both 2-seat and 3-seat models). Because it started with the body of a full size car when it was being designed, and just the front and rear were chopped down a bit, the Lark was very roomy considering it was classed as a small economy car.

In addition to the Lark, Studebaker continued offering the Silver Hawk, which now was the only model left in the Hawk series of cars. Studebaker consider going only with the Lark but many dealers thought they needed a larger car in case things did not go well with the Lark. The same two engines were used in the Lark as was used in the Hawk, a 169 cu. inch six-cylinder and a 289 cu. inch V8.

The Lark seemed to turn things around for Studebaker and the unit sales of cars and trucks went up from 79,301 in 1958 to the 1959 figure of 182,323 units. The final quarter had brought a profit to the company but it could not overcome the dismal sales from the first three quarters of the year.

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