Car: Studebaker Lark Convertible
What makes it special: It was the first convertible produced by Studebaker since 1952.
What made it famous: It was the first car of it's size to offer up a V8 engine, a 259 cu in. None of the Big Three (Ford, GM, Chrysler) compacts offered a V8 until 1963.
Why I would want one: I love the whole "dare to be different" option when it comes to cars. This boxy looking little convertible would be an excellent surpise to anyone on the street with a juiced up V8 under the hood.
Fun fact: For its time, auto testers gave high marks to the Studebaker Lark's V8 equipped performance. A V8 Lark banged out a 0 to 60 mph time of around 10 seconds, which was right in line with much larger cars.
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