Buy It On A Lark? 1961 Studebaker Convertible


I’d love to meet the gentleman that listed this Lark convertible for sale. I quote: “A cosmetic makeover would enhance. Owner in similar shape. Need to part with first-owned car (by order of spouse). Fun while it lasted.” He’s had the car since 1968 and is the second owner, with lots of documentation and history, including a shop manual. The car has been parked for at least the last five years, but the seller tells us it was through neglect on his part, not mechanical issues. There’s a short list of items that need attention, but as a whole the car is solid and has spent at least the majority of it’s life in California (still wears it’s black plate). The car is listed for sale here on eBay and is currently at $3,000 without a reserve. It’s located in Long Beach, California. The interior was reupholstered shortly before storage and the engine was rebuilt in the 1970’s. The salmon color is original and I think would make a terrific period cruiser–this is one I’d pursue if it were closer! Let us know if you buy it on a lark!

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  1. don

    bidding up to $3200, don’t know about this one, other than having a v8 under the hood, nothing special.

  2. grant

    If I were so lucky to still have my first car, my wife wouldn’t never insist I part with it. So long as I don’t run us into the poorhouse, she seems willing to let me enjoy my follies. This Lark is not in the cards right now, but it does look fun.

    • A.J.

      Agreed. Why part with your first car? Not a GTO but still a V8 convertible. Has a very honest look to it but the zero feedback seller is a slight concern.

  3. Gary

    Interesting find, I recall our High School security/truant officer driving one of these back in the day, same color but a 2 dr. sedan. This Lark is the only convertible model listed in ’61, and listed as a “Regal”, that according to the OCPG.
    From what I see and current condition as stated the value on this may be somewhere in the $5 to $6k range, IMO. Number 1 is shown at $19k.

  4. Ed P

    I hope this car gets back on the road. The body looks to be in good shape. The v8 would make this a fun cruiser.

  5. Chris in WNC

    how terrible. any wife who would insist a guy sell a car he’s had since ’68 is HIGHLY questionable. (although my wife says in this wife’s defence that she’s justified in requesting a sale since the seller has let it sit so long.)
    my wife would LOVE the car as mich as I do, especially since she actually HAD a ’65 Lark convertible in the 70s and her blockhead first husband got rid of it because it needed the flywheel replaced; he had the skills to do it but was too lazy. Late 70s, he sold it to a collector for $300, she has missed it ever since. since we live in the country, she now wants a Champ truck instead…….

  6. Edd Tony

    If the salmon color is original, as stated in the write-up, then it is “Tahitian Coral” and certainly not just salmon. Puhleez at least get the color right… ;)

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