Archive for Thursday, April 22, 1999

LAST OF THE FAMOUS GOLDEN HAWKS

April 22, 1999

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North America Syndicate Inc.

If you're familiar with Studebaker's illustrious Golden Hawk sport coupe of 1958, you'll notice some marked differences about this special edition, of which only two were reportedly built.

It had a thicker center grille than the garden-variety model, and no large circular hawk emblem at front center. This special factory-built custom edition had auxiliary driving lights, which were mounted low on the front bumper, and special wire wheels.

Moreover, there was the double feature of both supercharger and air conditioning. As a rule, lack of under-the-hood space forced a choice of one or the other.

Studebaker's Hawk series began in 1956 with an array of four: Flight Hawk, Power Hawk, Sky Hawk and Golden Hawk, the latter three with V8 engines.

In 1957, Hawk choices were Silver Hawk (6-cylinder or V-8) or the 275 horsepower, 289 c.i.d. V-8 Golden Hawk.

In 1958, some 7,350 Silver Hawks were produced (6-cylinder or V-8), as well as the Golden Hawks.

For 1959, only 6-cylinder or V-8 Silver Hawks made up the Hawk line, and in 1960 and 1961 there was just one model of Hawk coupe with a 289 c.i.d. V-8 (210 or 225 horsepower).

In 1962, 1963 and 1964, only a more-formal-looking Gran Turismo (GT) Hawk was offered, with the 289 V-8. In 1964, the final year for the Hawk, there was the option of a new 304.5 c.i.d. V-8 (280 or 335 horsepower).

All the Studebaker Hawk coupes are sought after by collectors.

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