1959 Studebaker Lark VI

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Welcome to Down On The Mile High Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. DOTS has left Alameda, but that doesn't mean the series has to stop!

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Illustration for article titled 1959 Studebaker Lark VI
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Even though it snows in the winter here in the Mile High City, the extremely dry air does a pretty good job of keeping the Rust Monster from eating many old cars. And there's no shortage of street-parked vintage iron here; I shot this super-clean Lark just a few blocks from my new house. Looks like it was originally purchased in Oregon, if this dealer emblem is correct.

Illustration for article titled 1959 Studebaker Lark VI

This isn't the first Denver Lark we've seen; this somewhat rougher blue coupe lives nearby.

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1960 was truly the beginning of the end for Studebaker. They scored a coup for '59 when they took the basic 1953 body, cut the ends off, and created the compact Lark. It sold great for one year. Then the Big Three came along for '60 with their own compacts and shoved Studebaker aside. With the sole exception of the Avanti (itself a Hail Mary of epic proportions that ended up as a flop), afterwards it was all desperation moves on the same old '53 platform until the end in '66.

By the way, these cars are zero fun to drive, especially with a Six like this car. Historically significant, but not much else.