958 Studebaker Golden Hawk, the last loving example from a true Studebaker enthusiast collection which was purchased in 2006 (ten years ago) and was used sparingly for church outings and car shows. The beautiful Light Gold metallic paint and contrasting white top is in great condition with no major imperfections to be found. Inside, the tan cloth and vinyl seats all look presentably original with normal wear visible including the door panels and dashboard that are matched to the exterior of the car and look fantastic. It also should be noted that this car came with a roll of NOS carpet (which is impossible to find), and has been installed to the high standards of the original. The Studebaker Golden Hawk is a two-door pillar less hardtop coupe type car produced by the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend between 1956 and 1958. The raised hood and grille were added to allow space for a 289 cid (4.7 L) V8 with the addition of a McCulloch Supercharger giving the car 275 hp. This improved the car’s top speed, making these the best-performing of the Hawks. This powerful engine in such a light car gave the Golden Hawk a phenomenal power to weight ratio (and performance) for the time. Of 1956 American production cars SPEED AGE magazine tested the Golden Hawk against the Chrysler 300 B, 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. These well build cars also featured smooth automatic transmissions and “Twin Traction”, (Studebakers version of Posi-traction) rear differentials!
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
See listing: 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk (from November 13, 2015)