1963 Studebaker Lark 8 259 CID V8 (4.2L)
Absolutely dependable, and cheap to keep
I have replaced nothing since rebuilding in 1992.
Grandpa bought this car new in 1963 in Denison, Texas. He died in 1991. I got all his Studebakers, a'62 GT, several Lark VI's and 2 Lark VIII's.
Compression was getting low at 352,000, so I rebuilt the engine, Pertronix ignition, rebuilt 2 barrel carb, installed a new clutch, new brake drums, shoes, wheel cylinders and master cylinder.
The car has a 3 speed with overdrive and I get about 23 MPG and NEVER worry about a break down.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st September, 2004
Hi, yep I believe 23 mpg is good. Better than my 65 283 V8 cruiser. I know of a 63 GT 289 4 speed o/d getting 29 mpg. Proves the Stude motor is best, not like my 283 Chev, but the cruiser and larks are good. I'm in New Zealand and a Stude club member.