800 Derita Road, Ste. A
For a brief moment in time, and for only a lucky few, the 1963 Studebaker Lark was one of the most potent muscle machines around. Those who know the history understand the short but significant chapter of the R2 Supercharged V8 that was offered. Right now is your opportunity to get your hands on one of the most comprehensively restored version of a very limited run.
The Studebaker Jet Thrust Registry identifies the factory to only producing 274 examples of the 1963 R2 Lark two-door sedans with the full option package. That's why a car like this receives such a comprehensive rotisserie restoration. It was a decade-long process that began in 2001, and it includes work by names like RayLin Studebaker Restorations in North Carolina and Larry Scott in Ohio. It takes extra time and care for a car like this. Not only is this one special, but even the budget-minded Studebaker had style. There are bright chrome bumpers, a trim line that wraps around the front and runs the full length of the car, and a grille so imposing that they would use it on the trucks. You wouldn't see all this so clearly if they hadn't taken the time to get the body panels right and a nice glow to the factory-correct Ermine White paint. And having the R2 with full option package means it gets details correct, like the proper badge in the grille and Avanti Supercharged callout on the fender.
The appeal of the interior is as clear as black and white, literally. This has been upgraded with the proper Studebaker Daytona trim setup with the glossy black on the seats with distinctive white inserts. Not only is this fresh because of the proper restoration, but also you see more great details, too. It's everywhere from the Studebaker seat belts, to the steering wheel that follows the two-tone theme. The gauge panel a full package that reminds you that Studebaker knew driver-oriented designs. This has the special 160 mph speedometer, and the large tach goes particularly well with the upgraded Hurst Competition Plus shifter.
Within the crisp white engine bay lies a very special motor. The 289 cubic-inch V8 was the largest you could get on a Lark, and the presentation here is crisp with plenty of polished components. Plus, you can easily spot the special Paxton supercharger on top. The original block is in another known Studebaker, and so a proper R2 block was sourced was sourced from another rare full package car. So this one really does keep the proper lineage that connects it with the R2 Larks that Studebaker used to set land speed records! That car was also the donor for the proper Borg Warner T10 four-speed transmission. This special V8 loves to sing its throaty tune through the stainless dual exhaust. Take some time to look at it in the undercarriage photos. There you'll also see another reminder of the quality that comes from a long-term rotisserie restoration. Plus, the full package R2s came with great upgrades, like a heavy-duty suspension and front disc brakes (now with power brakes.)
If you think this is an award-worthy total package, you'd be right! It's already been given a ton of prestigious honors. So call for all the details on the awards and the prestige that comes from a small-batch supercharged legend like this R2.
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