This is our 1963 Studebaker Lark with the R1 engine. The R1 is a normally aspirated 289 rated at 240 HP. It was first used in 1963 and was standard in the Avanti. Ours is a four speed and we race it at the PSMCDR. I also take it out to the track once in a while to let people see a Studebaker in action. It has run a best of ET 13.84 and 98.51MPH.
BobPalma on Aug 5, 2008 said:
This is by far the fastest non-supercharged Studebaker extant! BP[Reply to this comment]
Brandon on Aug 6, 2008 said:
Beautiful car. I never knew Studebakers could haul ass like that, especially in stock form![Reply to this comment]
fjr340gts on Aug 6, 2008 said:
"MuscleCar" is quite befitting a title for this "surprise" from South Bend, IN. I bet the R1(289 4bbl) and R2(Paxton supercharged 289) powered Studebakers took a lot Chevelle SS owners by surprise![Reply to this comment]
TedHarbit on Aug 8, 2008 said:
Richard and Rose have probably the quickest R 1 Lark in the world and was accomplished by spending a lot of time trial and error testing and it has paid off. Richard is also probably one of the best four speed drivers around today. They are great ambassadors for the Studebaker name.
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Anonymous on Jul 17, 2011 said:
There are very few REAL 4 speed drivers left on the planet. What a treat![Reply to this comment]