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Last Call: For a Lark Edition

Robert Emslie April 14, 2017 Last Call 16 Comments

Sally has it right—when speeding on rural lanes in your Studebaker Lark, it’s important that the color of your handkerchief match that of your car. Way to go Sally. Tres gauche Ethel, your white hanky just won’t do. That’s why Sally always gets to ride in the front seat.

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  • mseoul

    Lovely image and beautiful car, but let’s see now, bias ply tires, no seat belts, 2 inches of free play on center steering and he could well be traveling at a speed limit unchanged until today. They were brave and did not know it!

  • Inliner

    ’60 or ’61? Lark VI or Lark VIII?

    I don’t quite know how to differentiate between them.

    • tonyola

      I believe it’s a 1960, but can’t tell whether it’s a VI or VIII. AFAIK, the 1961 Lark had round turn signal lights or quad headlights.

    • dukeisduke

      I’m pretty sure I see a Roman numeral 8 on the front fender – it’s a Lark VIII.

      Edit: I clicked to look at the ad, and zooming in, I’m pretty sure it’s VIII. Also, fashions by Junior Sophisticates!

  • 1slowvw

    Big day for my v8s10turbojunkpile project.
    Mounted the engine and trans in the truck for the first time to see how things were going to fit. Exhaust manifold on the drivers side is going to be an absolute pain. Other then that things seem like they will go alright. I grabbed a turbo off the shelf and sat it on a manifold just to dream for a minute.

  • Batshitbox

    Friends! Greasemonkeys, Hoonitarian Hooniversalists of all degrees. We have lost this week a Hoon of the greatest caliber.

    J. Geils, an accomplished musician, dedicated restoration mechanic and hot rodder of Italian sports cars passed away this week. I’m sure fellow Massachusetts car guy and entertainer Jay Leno is pouring a little out for his homie too, but this passing gives Batshitbox a particular sad.

    In my formative days as a teenage Hoon I volunteered at The Museum Of Transportation (now called The Larz Anderson Auto Museum) in Brookline, Massachusetts. One summer my job was to sit on a stool and keep an eye on a one-off Lamborghini Miura, sometimes called the ZN-75, or Miura Roadster, and tell visitors what was so special about that car. I was 15 years old. Nice job, right?

    J. Geils was a trustee of the museum, and in the late 1980s the car was handed over to him to undertake a restoration. My teenage brain did backflips trying to understand how the guy on the radio performing “Love Stinks” was the same guy restoring the Miura?!?

    It turns out J. Geils abandoned a career in mechanical engineering to become a rock star, and then abandoned a career in rock stardom to spend his winnings on acquiring and restoring the fantastic Italian racing machines his dad and he used to go see race in the 50s! What a life!

    Watch the man, the entertainer, tailor his ad-lib to the TV audience, and avoid Hoonsplaining about them hand beaten roadsters

    TheDrive has a recent homage to J. Geils

    AutoWeek was hip to the man and his passion 5 years ago

    • Synchromesh

      I know the place well. Grew up in Brookline. Even participated in several Miata shows with both my M-edition and my R-package back when I owned them. It was a fun gathering! And the only real island of car culture in the whole state. Being a car junkie in MA was always difficult.

  • CraigSu

    I seem to recall this image being used for a Classic Caption contest a while back. I believe the winning comment had something to do with Isadora Duncan. Quick search…Bingo! Alff was the winner.

    Now I’m not sure whether I should be pleased or disturbed that I recall a Classic Caption winner from 5-1/2 years ago.

    • Right there and here with you, hive mind.

    • outback_ute

      I bet you didn’t think it was that long ago either. More recently I have been experiencing the “add 5 years” syndrome.

      • CraigSu

        You’re absolutely right. Without checking I would’ve said it was sometime last year when it was actually during the pre-Disqus era. That’s when Jim Brennan (UDman), Scandinavian Flick, and $kaycog were still regulars.

        • 1977ChevyTruck

          And whatever happened to PotbellyJoe? I miss his insightful analysis into Toyotas lineup…

          He followed us into the Disqus era, but hasn’t posted in 7 months:

          • PotbellyJoe★★★★★

            Just lurking more these days, haha. But I appreciate it.

            • Tylerd5079

              Good to hear! I’m always a little bit worried when someone goes dark.

    • Alff

      I’m somewhat shocked that I have been coming here that long.

  • dukeisduke

    If they lose those scarves, they could become Mayhem 1 and Mayhem 2.

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