The Studebaker car company was one of the biggest car companies in America. As an independent manufacturer, Studebaker wasn’t a part of GM, Mopar or Ford, but a sole player on the automotive scene. For decades, Studebaker was a popular economy car choice. However, after World War II, things started to change.
The popularity of the company started to fade and eventually, the “Stude” was forced to close its doors in 1966. But before that, the company produced two interesting models. One is the Avanti, a futuristic-looking coupe with big ambitions. The other was the Lark, a compact economy model with cute styling, a wide arrange of body styles and engines.
They built the Lark from 1959 to 1966 in three generations. Most of the cars featured straight six engines, but V8 power was also available. Today, the Lark is forgotten as a model. But, not only it was one of the first compact cars from a domestic car company, it was one of the most successful cars for a while.