1930 Studebaker Commander 8 Victoria

1 of 3
Engine250.2cid L-head straight-eight, 80 hp

Modestly priced and often overlooked, Studebaker offered a very solid machine that was well-designed and built to very high standards.

All Studebaker models were powered by straight-six engines for years, although they varied in size and output, with 40bhp, 50bhp, and 60bhp versions offered. The debut of the eight-cylinder President in 1928 meant that the venerable automaker finally had an engine suitable for its top-of-the-line model. That first straight-eight was big, displacing 337 and producing 109bhp.

For 1929, eight-cylinder-power found its way into the more modest Commander series FD. While not as big as the eight from the lofty President line, it was still a silky-smooth power unit for little more than the price of the six. Depending on which of the 12 models was selected, it was priced as low as $1,495,

Except for a discrete “8” badge on the headlight tie-bar, the Commander 8 was identical to the six. The L-head eight was mated to a three-speed manual transmission and brakes were cable-actuated drums at all four corners. Solid axles were used at the front and rear of a double-drop frame. The word “solid” really did apply to the sturdy Studebaker, which was befitting a company that began building covered wagons.

There were few changes for the 1930 model year, although two body styles were dropped and several model names were changed. This Commander 8 features the Victoria body, and originally sold for $1,515.


Four-wheel mechanical drum brakes

Hagerty Learning Garage's Garage

Valuation Tools

How much is this car worth?

See current values, model info and recent sales for this make and model. Drivers Club members get unlimited pricing history and data.