1960 Studebaker Lark 6 259 cu. inch V8
Surprisingly roomy and fun, little nostalgia sedan
Very little. From the time I acquired it to the time I reluctantly let her go, it ran very well.
I replaced a battery, and had my mechanic install an oil filter (it was optional in 1960!) and adjust the serpentine belt.
Other than than, nothing.
What a delight!
I unexpectedly had this car drop into my lap when my brother gave it to me, figuring it wouldn't fit into his current life. It had been lovingly, if amateurishly, restored.
The car was from western Washington, and had never seen a salty winter. The body and underbody were rock solid. The re-paint was amateur grade, but presentable.
The previous owner had dropped a Hawk V-8 into it with the correct rear end. He added Turner disc brakes, and the car honestly braked very well -- never scary.
The Lark had an amazing amount of room for a compact sedan.
Babying it, I got about 20 mpg. The overdrive was a blast on the freeway, and it did well up to 65 mph. I wasn't inclined to push a 50-year-old car further than that.
The ONLY reason I let it go was because I didn't have the space or money in my life for a toy car, and I couldn't see letting the salty Michigan winters destroy such a wonderful little cruiser. I will miss it all my life.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd March, 2012