Studebaker Lark 8 Review from North America

1963 Studebaker Lark 8 259 CID V8 (4.2L)

Model year1963
Year of manufacture1963
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 259 CID V8 (4.2L) Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired352000 miles
Most recent distance380000 miles
Previous carDodge Diplomat


Absolutely dependable, and cheap to keep


I have replaced nothing since rebuilding in 1992.

General Comments:

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

7th May 2006, 04:58

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.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review