The Studebaker Golden Hawk was first shown to the public in 1956 which featured fiberglass rear fins and was powered by a large 352 cid 5.8 L Packard V8 that could produce a reliable 275bhp. The 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk was tested by Speedy Age Magazine during 1956 and came out with one of the highest power-to-weight ratios out of all American cars of its time. It was able to go head to head with the 1956 Ford Thunder Bird and 1956 Chevrolet Corvette. The Golden Hawk had a record time of 7.8 seconds for the 0-60 mph test and holds an average top speed of 125 mph.
In 1957, Studebaker was no longer able to create the 5.8 L Packard V8 so the 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk only had the 289 cid 4.7 L V8. To compensate for the smaller engine, Studebaker also installed a McCulloch supercharger to make sure that the Golden Hawk maintained its well-known power-to-weight ratio. Because the McCulloch supercharged V8 engine was larger, the fiberglass hood section was raised to make room for it. The styling was also updated to have more striking steel rear fins instead of the fiberglass ones. The two-tone finish emphasized the larger fins more which created a very stunning car with an incredible performance.
The rear fins are its signature style that was designed by Raymond Loewy. The wire wheel hubcaps were an option during its time. The dash was covered with “jeweled” aluminum dashboard instrument panel.
Although the Studebaker Golden Hawk was front heavy, it did not get in the way of its handling and was admired by the professional tester, most of which were professional racers. It has a very reliable weight balancing during acceleration through tight turns as it is able to transfer the center of its weight to the rear nicely.
This featured 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk is located somewhere around the Northeastern United States and is currently listed on eBay. The seller says that international shipping is available for any collectors outside the country. The seller is not able to provide much information but the pictures are enough to say that this one is in great condition. Its interior looks mostly original and has no major flaws.
This would be a great addition to any classic collection or use it an awesome classic daily cruiser. It looks like some restoration work has been done on it, so you can be assured that this one is a turn-key classic. The supercharged V8 can still go from 0 to 60 at around 8 seconds.
The gold & white finish looks really great and displays the rear fins so well. It’s no wonder that the Studebaker Golden Hawks were one of the most striking cars during the 50s.
References & Photo Credits: