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What Happens When You Cross a Studebaker with a Porsche?

Posted September 09, 2008 12:01 AM by dstrohl

More than a year ago, we showed a photo in Hemmings Classic Car's Lost and Found (June 2007) of a Studebaker Lark fitted with a 1953 Porsche engine and drivetrain under the decklid. We didn't receive much additional information on the experimental car, but such a South Bend-Stuttgart mashup was not without precedent, as Karl Ludvigsen outlined in SIA #24, September-October 1974.

Studebaker's first involvement with Porsche came earlier in the 1950s, in an earlier attempt to build a compact car. Porsche's engineers came up with several designs and even whipped up a prototype car and a pair of prototype engines. The exact connection between that prototype and the later experimental car, however, remains unknown.

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09/09/2008 10:06 AM

Rather sleek and upscale for a Studbuster. Rather tame and understated for a Porsche. Maybe why it never caught on - all the worst of both marques in one package.

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