1956 Evinrude Lark
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1956 Evinrude 30 HP models: Model 25022 Big Twin (Manual start only, short shaft) Model 25023 Big Twin (Manual start only, long shaft) Model 25924 Big Twin (Electric-start, short shaft) Model 25925 Big Twin (Electric-start, long shaft) Model 25526 Lark (short shaft) Model 25527 Lark (long shaft)
Highly appointed with chrome design elements, the Lark model series was introduced with the 1956 model year and on through the 1960's with the top-of-the-line 40 HP twin cylinder models. According to a June 17, 1957 article in Sports Illustrated, the Lark was conceived by an executive VP of OMC, William Scott. He asked Brooks Stevens to redesign the Evinrude Big Twin and Johnson Sea Horse with custom trim to create unique, luxuriously-styled and distinguishing flagship models. The resulting Evinrude Lark and Johnson Javelin models were announced in September 1955 and soon topped sales of the less styled models.
The 1956 Lark was standard with electric start and equipped only for remote steering (though tiller steering could be fitted). Most motor service information is applicable to the less adorned 1956 Evinrude Big Twin, a plainer variant which was available in both a standard electric-start model and a manual-start only model. As with most late 1950's Evinrude motors, all mechanical parts interchange with the contemporary Johnson version (30 HP models RD-18, RDL-18, RDE-18, RDEL-18, RJE-18 and RJEL-18).
1956 Lark Owner's Manual