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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Searching for a Standard.

Ok, I'm a little obsessed about Lark Standards (since I have one). It's kind of a rare model in that it was offered to the general public starting midway through the '63 model year, and did not appear again in 1964. The F2 style was instead assigned to the bottom-of-the-line Challenger model (a Standard by any other name...).

So I did a little searching on Google and found another fellow with a Standard: Marc Weimer of Punxatawney, PA. He's got a beautifully-restored 2-door Standard, and a couple nice photos on a web page dedicated to his Stude. I've corresponded with him a bit and he's a very nice guy.

After a bit of looking, I found pictures of another Standard, this one a P2 4-door wagon (they weren't called Wagonaires unless the roof slid, and this one doesn't). This one belongs to fellow SDCer Gary Ash from Massachusetts. He's got a lot of work to do on this puppy, but it's going to be a sweet car once done. (Gary's page has a pic of that funky "glove box" they fitted in the Standard too. If there was ever an uglier cost-cutting measure, I'd like to see it. Chevette headlight knobs on Cadillac Allantes don't count.)

Maybe a registry for Standards would be a cool thing. Sure, little trim-free loss-leader plain-Jane sedans aren't sexy - but they are more representative of what was really on the road back in the day than all the flashy hardtops and convertibles. And they've got to be getting somewhat rare by now. Gotta think on this.

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