1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk

  • Sold For: $49,900
  • Stock Number: 180609
  • Make: Studebaker
  • Model: Golden Hawk
  • Transmission: Two-speed Automatic
  • Miles: 87,478
  • VIN: 6102307
  • Title: Clear

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1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk 

  • 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 V-8 engine breathing through dual exhausts; first year for the supercharged motor
  • Tiara Gold Metallic exterior (code 1031-BBF) with Arctic White scallops (code 1026-BBA) and gold interior
  • Flight-O-Matic two-speed 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 mid-1970s; two copies of original Studebaker of America Owner’s 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 1953-1958 Packard-Studebaker body parts catalog (April 1958); a 1957-1958 Packard-Studebaker 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 50’s. This dry true California car was built in Studebaker’s South Bend, Indiana factory and is one of 4,356 Golden Hawks made in 1957. Originally sold to Marie Ross of Arcadia, California at Bob Wondries Motors in Alhambra, California. This Golden Hawk stayed in the California area until 1989 and with a visit to Washington State in the 1990’s and back to California in the late 90’s. 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 1031-BBF) with Arctic White scallops, (code 1026-BBA), the car’s paint and trim are in overall great condition. The car’s windows are clear and intact while the lights are in better-than-average order. Out back are a pair of radio antennas, a popular item on late 1950s American automobile.

The car’s bodywork is straight and solid, the engine bay is very tidy, the battery looks good and the car’s 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 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 gold front bucket and rear demi-bucket 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 two-spoke, 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 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.

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 mid-1970s; two copies of original Studebaker of America Owner’s 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 1953-1958 Packard-Studebaker body parts catalog (April 1958); a 1957-1958 Packard-Studebaker 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 Martin’s DB B Mk. III, Chevrolet’s Corvette, Ford’s Thunderbird and Jaguar’s XK-150.

VIN: 6102307

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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Asking Price: $49,900 Miles: 87,478 VIN: 6102307
Year: 1957 Make: Studebaker Model: Golden Hawk
Title: Clear Warranty: No Condition: Used
Options: Engine: 289 CID Supercharged V-8 Transmission: Two-speed Automatic
Body: Coupe Doors: 2 Stock Number: 180609
Lot Number: Exterior: Tiara Gold Metallic Interior: Gold
Call Motoexotica: 636-600-4600 Ebay Listing: View on Ebay Sold to:

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