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Ted Harbit's '63 Studebaker R2 Super Lark

Supercharged 289 cu. in. 289 HP Studebaker R2

At the 2012 Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race

This car is used mainly for the PSMCDR held in Michigan each year but is driven some on the street.

After running it a few years at the PSMCDR, we decided to have it "certified" to verify it is stock. Before having it certified, the best time was 13.4's. After certification it ran 13.30.

The engine is bored .060" to 299" (PSMCDR allows .070" overbore) with 9.0 to 1 compression, cast iron factory headers, 2 1/2" exhaust with straight through mufflers, front disc power brakes, T-10 close ratio four speed, Dana 44 Twin Traction 4.55 rear, front and rear sway bars, radius bars, tachometer, 160 mph speedometer, reclining front bucket seats, etc.

Some of the outstanding features of the Studebaker engines include forged cranks, rods, and rockers, gear driven cam (no chain), thick cylinder walls, and shaft mounted rockers.

See the '51 Studebaker that Ted drove into the NHRA Hall of Fame (click on yellow links).

Video and audio clips



Ted Harbit's '51 Studebaker Drag Car
Ted Harbit's '64 Avanti Drag Car
George Krem's '64 Studebaker Challenger
More Cars of the 1960s
More Studebaker Coverage

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Anonymous on Nov 26, 2008 said:

Watch Ted's car on you tube own hemi cars.

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Anonymous on Dec 11, 2009 said:

Awesome.... Jeff Rice

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Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 said:

If the car has a best et of 13.30 why does it have a 12.67 dial in on the window?

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Anonymous on Jan 31, 2011 said:

The 13.30 was in 2004 right after it was certified. The 12.67 was a few years later and at Muncie Dragway in Indiana where the traction is about the best in the country. Running on street tires, it is really hard to get good traction at the Pure Stock drags as they do not prep the track that much.


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Anonymous on Feb 5, 2011 said:

I'v heard about you all my life. You are like a hero to me. I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana and had a 62 daytona, 61 hawk 289 auto, 62 stude v8 2 dr post, and a 58 president. This is my first time finding you on the internet. Wow, this is great. Love the pictures.

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Anonymous on Aug 20, 2011 said:

Brian Heater

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Anonymous on Apr 4, 2011 said:

Just thought I would let you know that I owned a 63 Super Lark in 1967. It was a 2dr coupe and had the r2 with an automatic in it. I lived in Ft. Lauderdale at the time was hanging around with Dennis Dinsmore and Bob Dwyer. Loved the car and wish I had it back. Jim

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Anonymous on Oct 1, 2011 said:

In 1963 my father raced for Studebaker. He ran a 1963 Super Lark, it was white with blue stripes. We lived in South Bend and have been trying to find out what happened to the car. Dad's name was Dick Ross. Ever see or hear about this car? He ran at Osceola, Bunker Hill, and Martin 131 Dragway in the b/fx class.

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Anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 said:

My friend Alan Tate passed away November 21! Just a few days back. When I was 16 and Alan 18 he had a Studebaker Lark like this one. It had a V-8 engine and 4 speed. Can’t remember the HP. It was in the 289 range. It was fast. We were out running Mustang’s that just came out that were running 289 engines. We had some good times in the old Studebaker. Picked up lots of girls with it!!! The good old days!! Old Alan is looking down on us now. We’ll be riding that Studebaker again one day. RIP Alan my friend. J.C.

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ghpcnm on Mar 25, 2012 said:

Four words... BAD TO THE BONE !!!

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rodnutrandy on Jan 10, 2013 said:

Ted, you have done so much to promote the Studebaker name! Always watch for updates on the Muscle Car Racing,just because I want to see how the Studebakers Have done! Have never been dissapointed !

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JimNolan on Dec 19, 2013 said:

Ted, I got to race you at the Meltdown drags this year. I'd never heard of you before so when I pulled up at the line with my 14.3 sec 57 Fairlane I had no idea the only thing I'd ever see was the back end of your Studebaker. It was fun seeing your little car go. Jim Nolan Warsaw, In

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