I've been watching this car (it's a Studebaker Lark) on eBay and I've never seen this fold-out desk/make-up station/glovebox thingie. Is this aftermarket or an option?
The passenger vanity was a factory option, but I believe it only appeared on the Lark Daytona Wagonaire. Let me find the TV Ad Studebaker did for the car that features the vanity...
There's the TV spot.
I think my Studebaker fanboyism is well known around these parts. I think without realizing my level of Studebaker-fanboyism my political science professor is allowing me to do my capstone paper on the UAW and ERISA. This means I get to write about the end of Packard and Studebaker for school. It's a freaking dream come true!
1963 Studebaker Lark Coupe. I ran across the car is my usual pass-thru looking for Hawk GTs. A passenger vanity - that's one crazy option! And how often do you need to take your kids' slide with you on a trip?
That's very interesting, I've been to the Studebaker national shows a few times, and in the hundreds of Larks that always show up the only vanity setups I've seen have been in Wagonaires. Very interesting to find that it was also available in the coupe!
I think I've seen that foldout option at car shows.
Slightly off-topic but nevertheless Studebaker-related: If you watch old episodes of Mister Ed (yes the talking horse) you'll catch glimpses of new Studebakers. Kind of refreshing when every other show featured Big 3 sponsors.
Studebaker planted a forest on their property spelling out the company name. It had largely overgrown, but I've heard they are trimming to restore the signage, some say visible from space.
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That front bumper doesn't even look close to right, does it?
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The Champ was actually the front of a Lark slapped on to the old 2r5/C-Cab chassis. It was pretty well antiquated. Early ones had the same bed as the mid 50s pickups. Later models had the bed you pictured which was licensed from Dodge.
The Studebaker Museum is a must-see, if you're a fan. http://www.studebakermuseum.org
It was there that I learned that the work "tinker" came from the sound heard in their yards where they shaped the metal bands of their wheels in the horse and wagon days. The steady hammering made a "tink-tink-tink" sound.
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I've actually been there twice! Drove to their original South Bend location with my grandfather in his '56 pickup back in 2004 or so(the national meet was in SB that year), and went again to their current location in 2008 with my grandparents on another cross country trip. I have to get in contact with their archivists to get information on Studebaker's negotiations with the UAW on pensions post-Packard for a paper I'm writing.
Upstate NY-South Bend in a '56 Studebaker has made me immune to wind noise in modern cars. Taking a truck which was designed to top out at 55, and then cruising down I-90 for two days at 70 is a LOUD experience.
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Though I like the more contemporary lines of the Hawk GT from 1962-on, I like the 1953+ coupes too. I prefer the '53 because they don't have the all-chrome snout that Studebaker insisted on in '54 because "everyone's doing it," but I've read the later coupes drive better.
BTW, here are three of my Studebaker threads:
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There may have been, but there were probably very few. I didn't see any "real" ones at the national shows in South Bend or Red Wing, MN, or at regional meets. It doesn't seem like it'd be too difficult(in the scope of custom convertibles) to make one like Larry showed using the top off a '59-'60 Lark convertible and the appropriate bracing.
Some weird factory specials I have seen based on that platform though included a hearse, a lot of Conestoga based ambulettes, a utility van(apparently 1 of like 3), and a long wheelbase sedan.