- Engine Size
- 289 V8
- Transmission Type
- 2 Speed Automatic
1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk
The Studebaker Golden Hawk was produced from 1956 through 1958. The styling was influenced by Raymond Loewy's design studio who used the shape of the Champion and Commander of the early 1950's as its beginning point. The Golden Hawk has an eggcrate grille and a pointed front-end nose. In the rear are tail fins with integrated tail lights. The brake light and backup-light were stacked in the rear. The rear window is a wrap-around. There were a variety of colors to select from, including the popular two-tone color schemes.
12 years ago this car went through a frame off restoration. According to the VIN number this is number 21 of 878 examples built in the last year this car model was offered. Very nice driver car in great shape. Noted that the supercharger is on the engine, however no belt is shown around it. A hand spin of the supercharger yields no spinning, suggesting it may need a rebuild.
Waterfall blue and Parchment white create the two-tone exterior, with a Parchment white top. Paint, chrome, brightwork, grille and bumpers are all in very nice condition. Exterior lighting is fully functional, and matte bronze badging is intact and attached. Even the original dealer logo is present on the driver's side trunk lid. Underside is very clean, no rust or frame “fixes.” Studebaker hubcaps cover the 14” wheels that are wrapped with 275/75R14 wide white sidewall tires that are virtually new.
Sky blue vinyl with heavy texture canvas and a hint of metal thread make up the front split bench and rear bench seating. Dark blue carpeting in fair condition covers the floor and is covered by rubber Studebaker aftermarket floor mats. The dash is machined circle pattern aluminum and stretches the length of the dash front. Within this are all gauges, switches, a radio and knobs for various controls. Padded vinyl finishes the upper dashboard and is untracked and not blemished. Door panels are in good condition, and door pulls need a slight rework to have vinyl overlays refitted. The same holds true for the side panel coverings around the sides of the back bench seat. The headliner is beautifully done and shows little wear.
Under the hood is a Packard 289ci V8 engine rated at 275hp. With its low body weight and powerful engine, this Golden Hawk could race from zero-to-sixty in around 7.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 125 mph. A McCulloch supercharger is attached, but not belted to integrate with engine. This addition when hooked up, raises horsepower to 275 horsepower. A fiberglass overlay on the hood was added which provided extra room for the supercharger. This engine combination powers a 2-speed automatic transmission attached to a 3.31 differential. Drum brakes are seen all around.
A rare last year Studebaker Golden Hawk Supercharged model, still surviving, and looking really good. The frame off restoration has been well done and left us with an example that not many survive today. A drive away classic, and automobile history that is sure to have you “call'n on Elvis!”