Most of us can’t really afford the very beautiful completely restored classics that cost more than 5 digits so we settle for the much cheaper classics that don’t cost more than $5,000. Of course, cheap cars tend to have a lot of flaws, but some actually enjoy turning these imperfect classics into something that they can be proud of. This 1963 Studebaker Lark is one of those cheap cars. Located in Talent, Oregon, this Lark is currently listed on eBay with an asking price of $2,600.
On the outside, this Lark looks to be very solid with some minor bubbles under the doors and fenders. It’s not clear if it has been repainted or not, but the paint has faded on the trunk lid and roof. Judging from the amount of fading, it is possible that it is still the original paint.
The Chrome trims seem to be in good condition. Although the wheel covers are still Studebaker, the seller says that they are for a later model. But that’s not really a serious issue, right? They still look right at home with this car. This Lark certainly has some potential to be a good daily driver.
In the picture above, you can see the small bubbles on the car. Nothing major and can easily repair together with a fresh repaint.
The real problem is this huge whole on the floor pans. Rust has taken over and they will need to be replaced. Fortunately, they are readily available and cheap as a well. After the new floor pans are welded in, you can easily cover them with new carpet and no one will know.
According to the seller, the upholstery in the center looks to be in better shape than the vinyl borders on the sides. It is possible that the upholstery was replaced at some point. It won’t cost too much to remove these kinds of covers off and replace the vinyl panels. It’s easy enough for the average Joe to try and fix. You’ll just need some vinyl which costs not more than $20 per yard and an upholstery needle. It won’t be show quality but it’s good enough for a daily driver.
According to the seller, the transmission has been recently rebuilt with receipts to prove it. The 259 cubic inch V8 engine is working fine with no problems starting or running. It has undergone some minor repairs to make it a reliable ride. Overall, this 1963 Studebaker Lark is a solid low budget car that would be a cool classic daily driver.
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