Studebaker Lark 8 Review

1963 Studebaker Lark 8 259 CID V8 (4.2L) from North America

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