Cohort Pic(k)s Of The Day: A ’59 Studebaker Lark & A ’50 Meteor Meet In A Lot

Here are a couple of more finds from canadiancatgreen at the Cohort. First, a 4-door Studebaker Lark, which could be a ’59 or a ’60. Oddly, the windshield chalk marks suggest it is a ’57? Either there was a simple boo-boo while scribbling down the numbers, or this is an unbelievable pre-production sample. While the latter would be quite a tale, I’m pretty sure it’s just a typo.

The Lark has gotten a lot of love on these pages, and CC aptly declared it Studebaker’s Last Hurrah. In the case of this Lark, its turquoise tone is so-fifties correct I can feel its Kodachrome hue brightening my day. By the way, if I’m correct, in Studebaker-speak this tone was Seamist Green. (And who exactly picks color names? Sounds like a fun job.)

Next to the Lark sits a 1950 Meteor. If I understood a previous CC post on the matter, the Meteor saga started sometime in 1946, when Mercury of Canada started selling a Ford-based model with Mercury trim. Originally called the 114, the model got the Meteor name in 1949 and the formula hadn’t changed, it was a Ford-based model but with a trés-chic Mercury grille. Kinda neat, I’ll admit.

As mentioned, if you wish to check out Ford’s alternate Canadian reality, it was already detailed by David Saunders. And well, there’s also a Nissan Quest next to our two curbside leads. But do you really want the lowdown on that one?

Further reading:

Canada Day Classics: Canadian Ford Branding History

Curbside Classic: 1959 Studebaker Lark VIII Regal Hardtop – Studebaker’s Last Hurrah