The handwriting was on the wall for Studebaker by 1957 but the company pressed on with innovative, extravagant designs. The most expressive of them was the Hawk, based on the revolutionary Starliner, a design that is still futuristic in the 21st century. The Golden Hawk 2-door hardtop was the top of the line, available only with the Paxton supercharged 289 cubic inch overhead valve V-8 that put out 275 horsepower at 4,800 rpm. Backed up with a 4-speed automatic transmission and with as slippery a shape as any 5-passenger American automobile offered in 1957, the Golden Hawk was every bit the American sports car counterpart of GM's Corvette and Ford's Thunderbird, plus it had a back seat. Finished in the rare color combination of Black with White rear fender fin inserts and Black and White upholstery this 1957 Golden Hawk is a particularly well maintained and highly original example which has benefited from a sympathetic cosmetic restoration. It rides on wide whitewall tires mounted on chrome wire wheels just as some sport would have specified it at the end of the Fifties. The panels are straight, with even gaps and quality paint. The engine compartment is highly detailed. In addition to the supercharger it has a radio and heater. It is impossible to find a better car that hasn't had its authenticity and originality compromised by a ground-up restoration. That very desirable and rare quality makes this unusually attractive Golden Hawk a particularly important and collectible example.
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