1959 Studebaker Lark 6 Deluxe 6 cylinder L-head from North America


Not fast, definitely not sporty, but a truly memorable first car. I would like to find another one


Fuel pump failed.

Window handle on the driver's door broke off, and I stupidly used vise-grips to roll the window up and down, which prevented the replacement handle from working when I finally found one.

General Comments:

My first car, bought for $375. Four door sedan with three on the tree stick shift. Had a radio and heater in it, but no other options.

This thing was built like a little tank. No power steering meant you got a workout every time you drove it. I drove it through my last two years of high school. It was definitely the oldest car in the parking lot, but I didn't care, I thought it was way cooler than all the Pintos, Vegas and Datsuns that everybody else drove. Even though it was not that old (15 years) when I got it, I never saw another one on the road in all the time I owned it.

I was determined to get a Studebaker after my first choice of car (a bullet nose 1950 Commander for $300), sitting in the back row of a dealer's lot, got sold to someone else after the dirtball dealer said he would sell it to me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2004

26th Feb 2010, 14:12

The Studebaker Lark is just what name says, it's a lark. I had one too many years ago and loved it. Now I have another, but no funds to fix it up. I wanted to get back that cool feeling you just never find these days.

I guess it will be a cool hobby for someone else.

1962 Studebaker Lark 6 S 2.8 167 cid from Israel




During this 14 years of owning I replaced :

1) Three times the engine head.

2) Two times a major overhaul (inc' everything).

3) Alternator - replaced the common dynamo.

General Comments:

One of the greatest and reliable car ever made in USA.

Those Lark's were the last gasp of Studebaker.

It's simple car that still can be used daily and manage well on highways with a safe speed of 110 km/h.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2003

29th Dec 2014, 04:48

I see that the owner of the 1962 Lark has had to replace the cylinder head three times. This is the version that had overhead valves, which started with the 1961 models of the Lark 6.

Unfortunately, cylinder head cracking is common with the overhead-valve version of the Champion 6. Apparently, Studebaker made the valve-seat diameters larger than was advisable. I would consider switching to the older flathead version.