Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
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 owners manual, original body color label and original auto owners maintenance folio plus miscellaneous documents
If taking wing with the scream of a supercharger under the hood delights you, then stop on by MotoeXotica Classic Cars and ruffle the feathers of our 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Two-door Hardtop. This example left Studebakers 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 cars paint and trim are in overall very good order. The Studes 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 cars bodywork is straight, the engine bay is very tidy and the cars 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 theGran Turismo Hawkbecame available with theAvantis R2 supercharged engine for the 1963 model year. Backing this motor is Studebakers 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 cars 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 theAvantito have styling influenced by industrial designerRaymond Loewys studio, the Golden Hawk took the basic shape of the 195355Champion/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 53.6inches.
The Golden Hawk was continued for the 1957 and 1958 model years, but with some changes. Packard'sUtica, Michigan, engine plant was leased toCurtiss-Wrightduring 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 Martins DB B Mk. III, Chevrolets Corvette, Fords Thunderbird and Jaguars XK-150.
If you appreciate products of the 1950s Packard-Studebaker alliance or if you just like vehicles made by companies other than Detroits classic Big Three, stop by MotoeXotica 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!!!
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