STUDEBAKER LARK : BITS AND PIECES - 1960
The Lark had a
box-frame girder chassis that was designed to offer good structural strength and torsional
rigidity. On the picture the V8 engine is mounted. Rear wheels were driven trough a
so-called twin traction differential which transmits power to the wheel that has the most
traction instead of the least as usual.
Customers could choose between the standard three-speed synchromesh transmissions with or without overdrive or the Flightomatic transmission.
The old L-head
straight six engine was the economic offer in the range. It delivered half of the power of
the V8 and was actually less fuel efficient. For the 1960 Lark cylinder head and
carburetor were improved. The engine was fitted with four main bearings and offered long
life and good reliability.
The more modern V8 was also very rugged, has five main bearings and was designed to run with long service intervals. As an option a four-barrel carburetor could be fitted on the V8, increasing the power with 15 HP. With this engine the Lark accelerated from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in about 9.5 seconds.
The luxury versions
in the Lark range (called Regal) boosted an instrument panel padded in pleated vinyl.
All controls and dials were grouped for easy access. The oval thing on the glove compartment is the speaker for the radio that was mounted in the middle.
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