Car: Studebaker R2 Super Lark
What makes it special: A supercharged V8...that gave this compact some extra muscle.
What made it famous: It's R2 289 V8 Super Package powerplant that was equipped with a factory installed Paxton centrifugal supercharger supplying between five and a half to six pounds of pressure. This engine developed 289 horsepower from 289 cubic inches. It was backed up by your choice of a Borg-Warner T-10 4-speed manual or the Borg-Warner-supplied Powershift 3-speed automatic transmission. Studebaker made this package available on every trim level of Lark, even the Standard on special order.
Why I would want one: It looks tame, but looks are very deceiving in this instance. This "brick-looking" little Studebaker actually flew through the timing traps at 132.04 mph at Bonneville when tested. It's got the coveted "element of surprise"...I like that.
Fun fact: Studebaker introduced the Super packages at the New York Auto Show in April 1963, but neglected to release any horsepower or torque ratings until very late that same year. By failing to make those figures public, Studebaker unfortunately removed the Super Larks from competition in NHRA drag racing. Boo.
( 1963 Studebaker R2 Super Lark photo from autoguide.com )