By Brian Sullivan, March 17, 2014 - 02:55 pm:
"Today, saw a 1960-ish Studebaker Lark station wagon today headed through our town. That got my attention in itself, but the MTFCA bumper sticker really did. Young couple with WA plates on the car. I honked and got them to pull over for a moment. Turned out they were headed to Chickasha. Now, WA to Powell WY to Chickasha OK is a bit of trip under the best conditions, but in a Studebaker!? If you see a young couple there, with the young woman sporting bright red hair, you should praise their bravery and dedication!"
The post above appeared a few days ago. When I pulled into Eduardo's Restaurant in Chickasha for dinner Thursday evening, that very Lark Wagon was there. In it were Dylan Wills (relatively new poster here) and his wife Ashley, who does indeed have "bright red hair." I introduced myself, and we had a short visit and went on our separate ways.
I saw them several times at the swap meet, carrying parts for the '14 Touring they are working on. Ashley scored a nice pair of black-and-brass cowl lamps for $30! They're a very nice and enthusiastic young couple, just the kind we need in our hobby full of mostly old farts.
Visiting with Dylan I got the impression he's pretty sharp. He sure has a better memory for details than I do.
You're coming of age, you Dauntless Geezer you!
Not to diminish the owners, but I once had a '59 Lark tudor. By a sizeable margin it was the worst car I've ever owned.
But in fairness I must say that it had one excellent feature. The hill holder function (kept you from rolling backwards with the clutch in) worked perfectly and would be an asset on any modern car today.
When I'm not using my Jeep as a tow vehicle.....
Off topic - I always liked the look of the Studebaker Champ pickup, maybe someday I'll own one. You could get a V8 with a three speed and overdrive.
50 Studebaker commander, one of the best cars I ever owned. KGB
I see something rare - a Singer Gazelle from 1958-63 - in Nevin's photo