1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk

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  • Stock Number: 180444
  • Make: Studebaker
  • Model: Golden Hawk
  • Transmission: Two-speed automatic
  • Miles: 72,828
  • VIN: 6033045
  • Title: Clear

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1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk 

  • One of 4,071 Golden Hawks made in 1956
  • Only 1956 Hawk with fins
  • Car was restored in 2015
  • One of 12 Golden Hawks painted this color from South Bend, IN; 14 total in 1956
  • Original 352 CID V-8 engine overhauled in 2013 at approximately 70,800 miles; 1956 was final year for this engine, which made 275 hp!
  • Twin Ultramatic two-speed automatic transmission
  • Romany Red exterior
  • White over black interior
  • American Racing five-spoke wheels

With its robust V-8 power and low-slung, lightweight body, Studebaker’s series of Hawk coupes is one of the ancestors to the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s. MotoeXotica Classic Cars is proud to present this 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk. This particular example was made in Studebaker’s South Bend, Indiana factory and is one of 4,071 Golden Hawks made for 1956.

Finished in Romany Red, the car’s paint and trim are in overall very good order. This is one of 14 Golden Hawks painted this color for 1956, 12 of which came from South Bend. The windows are clear and intact while the lights are clear and haze-free. One of the things that stands out styling-wise about the hawk is the upright and formal grille, which may or may not be a nod to Mercedes-Benz.

This car’s bodywork is straight and solid, the engine bay is very tidy, the trunk is in good shape, complete with full-sized spare tire and cover and the bumpers are in excellent order. Rolling on Goodyear Viva 2 radials, size 215/75R15 at all four corners, this Hawk also has five-spoke, chrome wheels from American Racing. The tires are in very good order while the wheels appear in excellent shape.

Under the big hood is Studebaker’s 352 CID V-8, wearing an Edelbrock air cleaner and breathing via dual exhausts. It was overhauled in 2013 at approximately 70,800 miles. This comparatively large, powerful engine in such a light car gave the Golden Hawk an excellent power-to-weight ratio (and performance) for the time; of 1956 American production cars, the Golden Hawk, with its 275 horsepower, was second only to Chrysler’s 300B by that measure. Paired with the motor is Packard’s Twin Ultramatic two-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the car’s white over black interior is in overall very good condition. The front and rear seats look great, as does the black carpeting. While the contrasting white headliner is in satisfactory shape, the three-spoke off-white steering wheel looks fantastic, as does the black instrument panel with its silver insert around the full array of gauges. The inner door panels mimic the interior’s overall theme and are in very good order. Rounding off 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 and 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 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 plus.

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.

Competition to this Studebaker in 1956 included Buick’s Century two-door coupe, Chevrolet’s Corvette, Chrysler’s 300B Coupe and Ford’s Thunderbird.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 72,828 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

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VIN: 6033045

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Asking Price: Miles: 72,828 VIN: 6033045
Year: 1956 Make: Studebaker Model: Golden Hawk
Title: Clear Warranty: No Condition: Used
Options: Engine: 352 V-8 Transmission: Two-speed automatic
Body: Coupe Doors: 2 Stock Number: 180444
Lot Number: Exterior: Romany Red Interior: White over Black
Call Motoexotica: 636-600-4600 Ebay Listing: View on Ebay Sold to:

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