Exterior: Arctic White with Wedgewood Blue Scallops Interior: Blue
1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Two-door Hardtop
•Purchased from a long term local Studebaker collector
•One of 4,356 Golden Hawks built in 1957
•First year for the supercharged motor
•Arctic White (code 1026-BBA) exterior with Wedgewood Blue scallops (code 1035-BBJ)
•Blue interior, new front and rear door panels, new package tray from Southwest Studebaker
•Rebuilt 289 CID Supercharged V-8 engine breathing through dual exhausts
•Flight-O-Matic two-speed automatic transmission
•Documentation include the original owner’s manual, original body color label and original auto owner’s maintenance folio plus miscellaneous documents
If taking wing with the scream of a supercharger under the hood delights you, then stop on by Classic Cars and ruffle the feathers of our 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Two-door Hardtop. This example left Studebaker’s South Bend, Indiana factory and is one of 4,356 Golden Hawks made in 1957 and is finished in a very handsome color combination of Arctic White exterior with Wedgewood Blue scallops.
Dressed in mostly Arctic White (code 1026-BBA) with Wedgewood Blue side scallops (code 1035-BBJ), the car’s paint and trim are in overall very good order. The Stude’s windows are clear and crack-free while its lights, including the parking lights mounted atop the front fenders, are in similar shape. In back are dual radio antennas, a trending item on late 1950s American automobiles.
This car’s bodywork is straight, the engine bay is very tidy and the car’s chrome bumpers are in excellent order and fit tightly to the body. The car rolls on Remington bias-ply wide whitewall tires, size G78-15 at all four corners, with each one surrounding a factory wheel cover.
Under the hood is a Studebaker 289 CID supercharged V-8 engine, breathing through dual exhausts and making 275 horsepower. It featured a belt-driven McCulloch variable-speed supercharger. This improved the car’s top speed, making these the best-performing Hawks until the Gran Turismo Hawk became available with the Avanti’s R2 supercharged engine for the 1963 model year. Backing this motor is Studebaker’s Flight-O-Matic two-speed automatic transmission. Driver convenience features include power steering. The supercharged engine replaced the 275-horsepower, Packard 352 CID V-8 mill used in 1956.
Inside, the car’s blue interior is in overall very good order and has a new door panel kit from Southeast Studebaker. The complementary carpeting is in great shape, as is the light blue headliner and the package tray is new. The white-rimmed, two-spoke steering wheel is in good order. The inner door and kick panels are in new condition, while the padded instrument panel with its full array of gauges, is in very good order but the taco, speedometer and odometer are inoperable. Rounding out the interior is a factory AM radio.
The last Studebaker until the Avanti to have styling influenced by industrial designer Raymond Loewy’s studio, the Golden Hawk took the basic shape of the 1953–55 Champion/Commander/Starliner hardtop coupe but added a large, almost vertical eggcrate grille and raised hoodline in place of the earlier car’s swooping, pointed nose. At the rear, a raised, squared-off trunklid replaced the earlier sloped lid, and vertical fiberglass tailfins
were added to the rear quarters. The Golden Hawk was two inches shorter than the standard Hawk at 53.6 inches.
The Golden Hawk was continued for the 1957 and 1958 model years, but with some changes. Packard’s Utica, Michigan, engine plant was leased to Curtiss-Wright during 1956 (and eventually sold to them), marking the end of genuine Packard production. Packard-badged cars were produced for two more years but they were essentially rebadged Studebakers. The Packard V-8, introduced only two years earlier, was therefore no longer available.
Golden Hawks were 203.9 inches long. Styling also changed somewhat. A fiberglass overlay on the hood was added, which covered a hole in the hood that was needed to clear the supercharger, which was mounted high on the front of the engine. The tailfins, now made of metal, concave and swept out from the sides of the car. The fins were outlined in chrome trim and normally were painted a contrasting color, although some solid-color Golden Hawks were built.
Competition to this Golden Hawk in 1957 included Aston Martin’s DB B Mk. III, Chevrolet’s Corvette, Ford’s Thunderbird and Jaguar’s XK-150.
If you appreciate products of the 1950s Packard-Studebaker alliance or if you just like vehicles made by companies other than Detroit’s classic Big Three, stop by Classic Cars today and check this one out soon. Hawks have a tendency to fly out of here just as fast they land.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 58,398 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
Specs and history
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The Studebaker Golden Hawk is a two-door pillarless hardtop coupe type car produced by the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana, between 1956 and 1958.
The last Studebaker until the Avanti to have styling influenced by industrial designer Raymond Loewy's studio, the Golden Hawk took the basic shape of the 1953–55 Champion/Commander Starliner hardtop coupe but added a large, almost vertical eggcrate grille and raised hoodline in place of the earlier car's swooping, pointed nose. At the rear, a raised, squared-off trunklid replaced the earlier sloped lid, and vertical fiberglass tailfins were added to the rear quarters. The Golden Hawk was two inches shorter than the standard Hawk at 53.6 inches.
Studebaker Golden Hawk 1957
The raised hood and grille were added to allow space for a larger engine, Packard's 352 in³ (5.8 L) V8, which delivered 275 bhp (205 kW). This comparatively large, powerful engine in such a light car gave the Golden Hawk an excellent power-to-weight ratio (and thus performance) for the time; of 1956 American production cars, the Golden Hawk was second only to Chrysler's 300B by that measure — and the Chrysler, which cost considerably more, was essentially a road-legal NASCAR racing car. The Golden Hawk, like the Chryslers, is a precursor to the muscle cars of the 1960s.
The heavy engine gave the car a reputation for being nose-heavy; the supercharged Studebaker engine that replaced the Packard engine in 1957 was heavier. Road tests of the time, many of which were conducted by racing drivers, seldom mentioned any handling issues in spite of the heavy front end. Speed Age magazine of July 1956 tested the Golden Hawk against the Chrysler 300B, Ford Thunderbird, and Chevrolet Corvette, finding that the Golden Hawk could out-perform the others comfortably in both 0-60 mph acceleration and quarter mile times. The fastest 0-60 reported in magazine testing was 7.8 seconds, while top speeds were quoted as 125 mph (201 km/h) plus.
A wide variety of colors (including two-tone paint schemes) were available. Two-tone schemes initially involved the front upper body, the roof, and a panel on the tail being painted the contrast color, with the rest of the body the base color. Later 1956 production had the upper body above the belt line, including the trunk, as the contrast color with the tail panel, roof, and the body below the belt line trim being the base color. The interior included an engine turned dash.
An increased options list and reduced standard equipment were used to keep base price down compared to the previous year's Studebaker Speedster, which the Golden Hawk replaced. Even turn signals were an option.
The Golden Hawk was matched with three other Hawk models for 1956, and was the only Hawk not technically considered a sub-model within one of Studebaker's regular passenger car lines; the Flight Hawk coupe was a Champion, the Power Hawk coupe was a Commander, and the Sky Hawk hardtop was a President.
1957 Golden Hawk
1957–58: The supercharged Golden Hawk
1957 Golden Hawk tailfins
The Golden Hawk was continued for the 1957 and 1958 model years, but with some changes. Packard's Utica, Michigan, engine plant was leased to Curtiss-Wright during 1956 (and eventually sold to them), marking the end of genuine Packard production. Packard-badged cars were produced for two more years, but they were essentially rebadged Studebakers. The Packard V8, introduced only two years earlier, was therefore no longer available. It was replaced with the Studebaker 289 in³ (4.7 L) V8 with the addition of a McCulloch supercharger, giving the same 275 hp (205 kW) output as the Packard engine. This improved the car's top speed, making these the best-performing Hawks until the Gran Turismo Hawk became available with the Avanti's R2 supercharged engine for the 1963 model year.
The Golden Hawks were 203.9 inches (5,180 mm) long. A padded dash was standard.
Styling also changed somewhat. A fiberglass overlay on the hood was added, which covered a hole in the hood that was needed to clear the supercharger, which was mounted high on the front of the engine. The tailfins, now made of metal, were concave and swept out from the sides of the car. The fins were outlined in chrome trim and normally were painted a contrasting color, although some solid-color Golden Hawks were built.
Halfway through the 1957 model year, a luxury 400 model was introduced, featuring a leather interior, a fully upholstered trunk, and special trim. Only 41 of these special cars were produced, and very few of the 41 exist today. One of them, the first production model, is housed at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend.
For 1958, the Golden Hawk switched to 14-inch wheels instead of 15-inch wheels, making the car ride a little lower. The 15-inch wheels, however, were available as an option. Other styling changes included a new, round Hawk medallion mounted in the lower center of the grille, and the available contrasting-color paint was now applied to both the roof and tailfins. One unique feature was a vacuum gauge on the instrument panel. Padded dash boards were standard.
Several minor engineering changes were made for '58, including revisions to the suspension and driveshaft that finally allowed designers to create a three-passenger rear seat. Earlier models had seating for only two passengers in the rear because the high driveshaft "hump" necessitated dividing the seat; a fixed arm rest (later made removable because of customer requests) was placed between the rear passengers in earlier models.
In January 2011, Barrett-Jackson auctions sold a 1957 Studebaker Hawk for a final hammer price of $99,000.
End of the line
Like many more expensive cars, Golden Hawk sales were heavily hit by the late-1950s recession, and the model was discontinued after only selling 878 examples in 1958. The Silver Hawk remained the only Hawk model; it was renamed simply the Studebaker Hawk for the 1960 model year.
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