True California car from new with extensive California documentation
Sold new at Bob Wondries Motors in Alhambra, California
One of 4,356 Golden Hawks built in 1957
289 CID Supercharged Sweepstakes V8 engine breathing through dual exhausts; first year for the supercharged motor
Tiara Gold Metallic exterior (code 1031BBF) with Arctic White scallops (code 1026BBA) and gold interior
FlightOMatic twospeed automatic transmission
Extensive documentation a typed letter from Studebaker dated April 6, 1966, announcing the end of the company to car owners. an handwritten itemized repair list dating to the mid1970s; two copies of original Studebaker of America Owners Club applications, dated January 24, 1971 and signed by original owner; two copies of Things to Do After You Bought that Studebaker, guide by Ingvar Vik; a 19531958 PackardStudebaker body parts catalog (April 1958); a 19571958 PackardStudebaker chassis parts catalog (revised Jan. 1961); various Studebaker business cards; various parts guides; Winston Tire envelope with information; handwritten technical schematics; a 1956 Packard passenger car shop manual; a Cars and Parts article on the Studebaker Golden Hawk by Arch Brown and more
We had to make more room in the nest here at MotoeXotica Classic Cars because another Studebaker Golden Hawk has landed, always one our personal favorite classic American cars from the wonderful 50s. This dry true California car was built in Studebakers South Bend, Indiana factory and is one of 4,356 Golden Hawks made in 1957. Originally sold to Marie Ross of Arcadia, California atBob Wondries Motors in Alhambra, California. This Golden Hawk stayed in the California area until 1989 and with a visit to Washington State in the 1990s and back to California in the late 90s. Included with pretty much every California registration card from 1957 to 1989 and also has the original dealer report registration from 1957
Finished, appropriately enough, in Tiara Gold Metallic (code 1031BBF) with Arctic White scallops, (code 1026BBA), the cars paint and trim are in overall great condition. The cars windows are clear and intact while the lights are in betterthanaverage order. Out back are a pair of radio antennas, a popular item on late 1950s American automobile.
The cars bodywork is straight and solid, the engine bay is very tidy, the battery looks good and the cars chrome bumpers fit tightly to the body. This Hawk rolls on steel wheels topped with factory wheel covers and riding on Winston Californian II tires, size 215/75R15 at all four corners.
Under the hood is a Sweepstakes Studebaker 289 CID supercharged V8 engine, breathing through dual exhausts and making 275 horsepower. It featured a beltdriven McCulloch variablespeed supercharger. This improved the cars top speed, making these the bestperforming Hawks until theGran Turismo Hawkbecame available with theAvantis R2 supercharged engine for the 1963 model year. Backing this motor is Studebakers FlightOMatic twospeed automatic transmission. Driver convenience features include power steering. The supercharged engine replaced the 275horsepower, Packard 352 CID V8 mill used in 1956.
Inside, the gold front bucket and rear demibucket seats are in excellent condition with some wear, the contrasting black carpet is in satisfactory order while the white headliner is in great shape. The twospoke, white and black steering wheel look favorable while the instrument panel and inner door liners are in very good order. There is an aftermarket fuel gauges mounted beneath the dash. Completing 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 cars swooping, pointed nose. At the rear, a raised, squaredoff 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. PackardsUtica, Michigan, engine plant was leased toCurtissWrightduring 1956 (and eventually sold to them), marking the end of genuine Packard production. Packardbadged 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.
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 solidcolor Golden Hawks were built.
Documentation on this car is extensive a typed letter from Studebaker dated April 6, 1966, announcing the end of the company to car owners. an handwritten itemized repair list dating to the mid1970s; two copies of original Studebaker of America Owners Club applications, dated January 24, 1971 and signed by original owner; two copies of Things to Do After You Bought that Studebaker, guide by Ingvar Vik; a 19531958 PackardStudebaker body parts catalog (April 1958); a 19571958 PackardStudebaker chassis parts catalog (revised Jan. 1961); various Studebaker business cards; various parts guides; Winston Tire envelope with information; handwritten technical schematics; a 1956 Packard passenger car shop manual; a Cars and Parts article on the Studebaker Golden Hawk by Arch Brown and more.
Competition to this Golden Hawk in 1957 included Aston Martins DB B Mk. III, Chevrolets Corvette, Fords Thunderbird and Jaguars XK150.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 87,478 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE
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