1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Supercharged Sports Coupe
Chassis no. 6103090
Engine no. PS-4126
289ci OHV Supercharged V8 Engine
Single Stromberg Two-Barrel Carburetor
275bhp at 4,800rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Independent Front Suspension Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Eligible for many vintage motoring events
* Original California delivery car
*59,000 miles believed to be original
*Matching numbers example
*Two year rotisserie restoration to exacting standards
The Studebaker Golden Hawk
Studebaker's Golden Hawk was a performance themed version of their standard Hawk Coupe, a personal luxury high-performance GT car from America. The styling was essentially an evolution of the earlier Raymond Loewy designed cars from 1953, the Studebaker Starlight and Starliner, with a raised hood and a large egg crate grille at the nose, and more prominent tailfins at the rear in keeping with the times.
Introduced in 1956 as an alternative American luxury performance car to the Chrysler 300B, the Golden Hawk put performance first, offered with the big Packard 352ci V8 delivering 275bhp. The resulting power-to-weight ratio gave the Golden Hawk 0-60 times in the 7.8 second range and a top speed of roughly 125mph.
After Packard's Michigan-based engine plant was leased as part of the winding down of that company's operations, power switched to Studebaker's 289ci V8 for the 1957 model year, aided by the addition of a McCulloch supercharger also giving 275bhp. The Golden Hawk became a popular American alternative sports car thanks to its combination of strong performance and Loewy lines. Even campaigned in some motorsport circles, it is noted that a 1956 Golden Hawk took part in the 2013 edition of the Mille Miglia, signifying possible eligibility into that event.
The Motorcar Offered
This striking example of Studebaker's Golden Hawk was completed on March 5, 1957, as confirmed by its original Studebaker-Packard Corporation Production Order. Destined for Berkeley, California, the Golden Hawk was ordered to perhaps the most performance-oriented specification one could opt for. One of only 4,356 Golden Hawks produced that year, it had the new 289ci high-performance Studebaker V8 with the VS 57 Variable Speed McCulloch supercharger. More interestingly, it was factory equipped with the very rare factory three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, as well as a Twin-Traction posi-traction rear end. The factory build sheet also confirms its original engine, which remains in the car, along with its original, sinister shade of P 5710 Midnight Black, a shade it still wears to this day.
The Golden Hawk's performance overtones extended to the deletion of all accessories and options, with the exception of AC 2858 Backup Lights. It is understood from the consignor that the supercharged Studebaker stayed in the sunny California climate with two long-term owners for many years. It wears its original black California license plates, and the approximately 59,000 miles recorded on its odometer are believed to be original.
In more recent years, the Golden Hawk has benefitted from a high quality rotisserie restoration executed over a two-year period to extremely high standards. An extensive file of photos shows the car as discovered and documents its painstaking frame-off restoration. Its lavish brightwork, two-tone paint, stylish interior, gold tailfins, and full wheel covers shod in whitewall tires give the true feeling of a luxury high-performance personal coupe and the sound of its supercharged V8 engine breathing through dual chrome exhaust tips is more than a hint towards its performance capabilities. In addition to correct and complete emblems and accessories, the engine compartment has been detailed to very high standards as has the fully finished and very tidy trunk compartment.
With very few miles covered since restoration, this striking Golden Hawk gives its next owner the chance to enjoy the show circuit while the restoration is still fresh, or take advantage of the many classic motoring opportunities afforded by its 1957 build year and highly desirable performance specification.