1930 Studebaker President Eight State sedan, part of the 1930-1933 Studebaker President Eight line of collectible cars.
1930 Studebaker President Eight State sedan

The 1930-1933 Studebaker President Eight was Studebaker's most impressive car of the early Depression years, built between 1929 and 1933 and engineered by the legendary Delmar G. "Barney" Roos.

The President turned a leisurely 2800 rpm at 60 mph, and was improved in 1931 when its engine was switched from five to nine main bearings, and got more horsepower. The crankshaft, derived from the Liberty aircraft engine, was partly responsible for this powerplant's well-known durability and low-end stamina.

Offered on two wheelbases for most of its life, the President listed a wide variety of handsome body styles. It was the basis for Studebaker's most successful racers in this period and probably the best overall automobile ever produced at South Bend.

Pluses of the 1930-1933 Studebaker President Eight:

  • For years the most protested omission on the CCCA list, the President Eight is now a full Classic (1929-33, except the '33 Model 82)
  • Style and stamina

Minuses of the 1930-1933 Studebaker President Eight:

  • Growing parts shortage
  • Open bodies not cheap
  • Classic status will inevitably exert upward price pressure

Production of the 1930 Studebaker President Eight:
15,000 (estimated)

Production of the 1931 Studebaker President Eight:
4,000 (estimated)

Production of the 1932 Studebaker President Eight:
2,399

Production of the 1933 Studebaker President Eight:
1,829

Specifications of the 1930-1933 Studebaker President Eight:
Wheelbase, inches: 125.0/135.0 (1930 and 1933); 130.0/136.0 (1931); 135.0 (1932)
Length, inches:
Varies
Weight, pounds: 3,480-4,605
Price, new:
$1,325-$2,595

Engines for the 1930-1933 Studebaker President Eight:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
sv I-8337.0 cid
115-132
1930-1933
sv I-8250.0 cid
1101933 (Series 82)

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