Classic Captions – The 1962 Studebaker Lark Skytop Hardtop Edition


Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post. This is a series of posts that are set to run this time each week, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous, snarky, or thought provoking caption that is some how tied in with the image. If this week’s image seems familiar, it’s because I have used it in another posting some time ago…


Last week, we had an image of a Japanese Minicar on the Docks, and all the responses were all pretty good. The runner-up comment played off the fact that the doors opened backwards, suicide style. This led to the very funny comment from onrails, and it went something lie this: “Mishi-san… head to Chicago! I hear of a baseball team that is so bad that even their announcer is called Hari Kari!” You should do yourself a favor, and read the very humorous follow-up by OA5599 that really nails it home. All I have to say is very well done onrails.

However, it was our old friend Alff (Yes, again) who came up with the most popular caption this time, and it went like this: “Babe, you may be cute now but when you grow up you’re going to be a brat.” Nice way to tie in with another Japanese Car/Truck from a later time period, so congratulations once again Alff!

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks image. This is a publicity image for the 1962 Studebaker Lark Skytop Hardtop with the cast of the Mister Ed Television Show that ran from 1958 to 1966. The stars featured included Alan Young as Wilbur Post, Connie Hines as Carol Post, and of course, Mister Ed, the talking horse. Studebaker Corporation was a major sponsor for the Mister Ed show, supplying cars to the cast and having screen time within a few select episodes. It all came to an end after the 1963 season when Studebaker fled the country after closing its US operations. So, what do you think Wilbur, Connie and Mister Ed would say to that? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate entries, and after contemplating our own caption, we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this piece of television history.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

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40 responses to “Classic Captions – The 1962 Studebaker Lark Skytop Hardtop Edition”

  1. P161911 Avatar

    Think I'll wait one more year for a REAL pony car.

    1. Alff Avatar

      You sleigh me.

  2. Alff Avatar

    Willllburrr, they should make a pickup version of that car. It'd be a real champ!

  3. $kaycog Avatar

    Yay, Alff, on another winning caption. Here's an Austin Mini for your good work!
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    1. Alff Avatar

      Thanks, Skay. Someone tell those girls to move, so I can get a better look at that Austin.

      1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

        That was awesome. One of the best in a while, Alff.
        Enjoy this fine bottle of excellence.
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        1. Alff Avatar

          Thanks! I am a devotee of beer but barley wine tends to kick my butt.

          1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

            I have the same problem, and so never crack the bottle unless there's someone to share it with.

          2. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
            ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

            <img src=""&gt; Allllllf! Good one, have a pair of Japanese brats to go with the barley wine.

          3. Alff Avatar

            I am a huge fan of cased meats and raw fish. Never the twain shall meet.

  4. $kaycog Avatar

    Mr. Ed can think of nothing neighgative to say about their new Lark, of course, of course.

  5. Paul E Avatar
    Paul E

    The new Lark! Sticks to the road like glue!

    1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

      /coffee out nose

    2. fodder650 Avatar

      I was coming in here to say
      "Carol, thanks to our new Lark we are renaming him 'Mr Glue'" but you beat me too it.

  6. GTXcellent Avatar

    Mr. Ed will never speak, unless he has something to say – "we need more fillies Wilbur"

  7. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Carol thought she was marrying a stallion, but she ended up with a little Lark.

  8. skitter Avatar

    In its final desperate days, Studebaker attempted to lure the latest of late adopters into showrooms by taking horses on trade. The company did not survive long enough to make use of them in the '60s horsepower wars or experiment with horsehair interiors.

  9. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

    Mr Ed couldn't help but feel a bit intimidated by the Stud, since he himself was a gelding.

  10. Devin Avatar

    "I want to shower you with sugar lumps and ride you over fences…"
    "Who are you talking to dear?"
    "Uh… you, of course! Sugar lump?"

  11. Gooberpeaz Avatar

    Ed, if you had won the Preakness in your youth, Studebaker would have hooked us up with an Avanti.

  12. lilwillie Avatar

    Wilbur went straight to the source of course of course and is so happy nothing rhymes with Studebaker.

    1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

      Dude. A baker.
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  13. fodder650 Avatar

    Only one of these two modes of transportation has a horse collar on it. Can you guess which kids?
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  14. dwbf11 Avatar

    The new Studebaker Lark: better than hoofing it, and likely to get you more rides too.

  15. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

    Wilbur, I never liked you.

  16. XRSevin Avatar

    And thus was invented the barn find.

  17. mdharrell Avatar

    "I can't wait to show Francis after he was so smug about that M274 he got from Willys Motors. Army, my ass! Well, his ass. That is, mule. Oh, you know what I mean! Just toss me the keys, Wilbur."

    1. Alff Avatar

      Way to turn this family-friendly blog into a donkey show.

  18. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    That Lark may be your new pal, Pally, but it'll never be a palomino. It'll go back behind the barn, before your filly goes out to pasture.

  19. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Perhaps a new car will take her mind off of how much time you spend in the barn and how much peanut butter you go through.

  20. dr zero Avatar
    dr zero

    The producers of Mr Ed new show was unfortunately launched only 20 years before the market was ready for a series headlined by with a talking car.

  21. K5ING Avatar

    "I've got a nice mini-ranch, a hot wife, a beautiful horse, and I'm trading in this homely Lark for an Avanti. Life is good."

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    1. Vairship Avatar

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  23. Tex Avatar

    Just think dear, in a few years this car will be the can and Mr. Ed will be the Alpo!

  24. pw350rrc Avatar

    I don't know Wilber, it looks like a gussied up Rambler American to me…

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