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RealRides of WNY - 1960 Studebaker Lark

The Big Three had introduced their compacts for model year 1960, giving some competition to the already established Rambler American and Studebaker Lark. One thing the Lark had going for it was a proliferation of body styles, including a convertible, which none of the other four offered yet at that time. This 1960 Studebaker Lark is a Mark VIII, which means it was equipped with the South Bend manu

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Studebaker Champ

Here’s a 1962 Studebaker Champ, really pretty much a mash-up of the Studebaker Lark compact car’s front end, a pickup chassis which dated back to 1949, and a late-1950’s Dodge Sweptline pickup box (Studebaker purchased the tooling from Chrysler to replace their own outdated pontoon-fendered box, which also dated back to 1949). This nice green & white two-toned Champ was seen

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Pontiac

A lot of cars seem to have survived from the 1940s, but some unscientific research — mainly me looking around — has shown many of them to be something other than one of these. So it’s always great to come across a 1948 Pontiac, like this customized sedan-coupe seen last summer in Dunkirk. Pontiacs came in two series that year, the 119-in. wheelbase Torpedo, and the Streamliner, w

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Studebaker Commander

By the time this 1965 Studebaker Commander left the factory, the South Bend auto company was on life support. It closed the Indiana plant in 1963 and moved production to its Hamilton, Ontario plant in Canada.The 1966 models were the final Studebakers produced. A grove of 5,000 trees, planted at the South Bend proving grounds in 1937 spelling out the company name, still stands today. Came upon this

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Studebaker Lark

Hard to tell unless you really look, but this 1959 Studebaker Lark is based on the South Bend manufacturer’s 1953 models’ body shell. A nip here and a tuck there made for styling updates which pretty much helped Studebaker hang on right into the mid-1960s, when they finally ran out of gas. And cash. Saw this wagon in the car corral at the recent Studebaker Swap Meet at the Chautauqua C


THE CAR STUDEBAKER SHOULD HAVE MADE?by Jim Corbran, Automotive ColumnistAlthough it’s not the only mid-fifties Studebaker convertible in existence, it’s certainly one of the more handsome examples.I came across this custom-built beauty at last week’s Studebaker Swap Meet held at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk. Syracuse residents Victor and Connie Oliver found themse