Studebaker's merger with Packard in 1954 brought the big 352 cubic inch Packard V-8 to Studebaker's streamlined Raymond Loewy designed coupes, creating the Golden Hawk in 1956. With modest tailfins and a prominent grille honoring the Golden Hawk's Packard power (and a little bit of Mercedes-Benz, which Studebaker Packard distributed in the U.S.) the Golden Hawk previewed the Muscle Car concept. In 1957 Studebaker took a different tack, offering the Golden Hawk with its own 289 cubic inch overhead valve V-8, its performance juiced with a McCulloch belt driven supercharger that boosted its output to 275hp, the same as the bigger Packard V-8 and a power plant that would later distinguish itself in the Avanti. This 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk hardtop is one of 4,356 built. It was correctly body-off restored some years ago, subsequently earning best Golden Hawk at the Studebaker nationals in South Bend. Finished in Arctic White with the Golden Hawk's distinctive Tiara Gold rear fender scallops and gold interior, it has a rare and desirable three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, hill holder, full wheel covers, pushbutton radio and dual rear antennas. It has been well maintained and barely used since its restoration and presents very well in condition that will still bring it favorable attention in marque competition. Stick shift Golden Hawks are a rare subset of an already rare model. This is one of the best.
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