Studebaker merged with Packard in 1954 because of financial distress; however, Studebaker-Packard lost 43 million dollars in 1956 causing Packard to disappear altogether in 1958. But all was not lost for Studebaker who saw the fortune of a bright new idea at the end of the tunnel and introduced the compact Lark in 1959. Similarly to the Champion twenty years earlier the Lark pulled Studebaker out of the financial hole they had dug.
My collection of Super Larks is comprised of a 1963 Custom R-2 , a 1963 Daytona R-2 , a 1964 Challenger R-3 , a 1964 Commander R-1 “Bert” and a 1963 Regal R-2 “M-80” . I also have a 1964 Daytona Convertible “Bob”