Another really cool old car - 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk

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    Sep 19, 2013 12:27 AM GMT
    This is a stunning Raymond Loewy designed 1956 Studebaker Golden chicken Hawk.

    For once here's something I'm not personally interested in buying, but It's just so cool that I had to share it here.

    And remember, Studebaker was a very old company. Some folks think that Lincoln 'drove' a Lincoln. He did not ... he 'drove' a studebaker .... two horsepower if he wasn't in a hurry and four horsepower if he was.


    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RARE-PRISTINE-SURVIVOR-1956-Studebaker-Golden-Hawk-36K-ORIG-MILES-/141060787237?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid=111000&algo=REC.CURRENT&ao=1&asc=27&meid=1385238642291161123&pid=100033&prg=1011&rk=2&rkt=4&sd=360741960172&&forcev4exp=true

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    Sep 19, 2013 12:38 AM GMT
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    I knew an older person who had a Golden Hawk, and liked it - in the late 50's until '64 when the car was traded for a new T-Bird. I never got to ride in it, but saw photos. Did this car evolve into the Avanti later?
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    Sep 19, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
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    I knew an older person who had a Golden Hawk, and liked it - in the late 50's until '64 when the car was traded for a new T-Bird. I never got to ride in it, but saw photos. Did this car evolve into the Avanti later?


    I'm so stinkin old that I actually worked in a Studebaker / avanti dealer! Now that's old!
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    Sep 19, 2013 1:30 AM GMT
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    I miss those old cars.
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    Sep 19, 2013 4:08 AM GMT
    southbeach1504 said
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    I miss those old cars.


    Man it is fukin great to have you back !!!!!!
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    Sep 19, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    southbeach1504 said
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    I miss those old cars.


    Man it is fukin great to have you back !!!!!!


    Thanks!
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    Sep 19, 2013 2:26 PM GMT
    southbeach1504 said
    freedomisntfree said
    southbeach1504 said
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    I miss those old cars.


    Man it is fukin great to have you back !!!!!!


    Thanks!


    I'm sure Bob will be very happy to see you back too !!!!

    Anyway, regarding this seller, look at his ebay feedback. I sure see lots of revised negative feedback. Looks like there are some issues with this guy, but it looks like he's taking care of them. I've always wondered how someone could be involved with selling hundreds of these are not have any negatives. Not possible.
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    Sep 19, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
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    Jockbod48 saidgoldenhawkad.jpg
    I knew an older person who had a Golden Hawk, and liked it - in the late 50's until '64 when the car was traded for a new T-Bird. I never got to ride in it, but saw photos. Did this car evolve into the Avanti later?


    I'm so stinkin old that I actually worked in a Studebaker / avanti dealer! Now that's old!

    I believe that advertisement is a 1957 Hawk, not the 1956 on eBay. Virtually identical, except for the grill and rear fins.

    Studebakers were a dying breed, and even back then as kids we knew their days were numbered, not really competing effectively against the Big Three. A car for old guys enamored of name nostalgia, the wave of the past not the future.

    Still, the cars had some interesting lines, and the later Avanti was brilliant for the time. But by then few people were paying attention to them anymore. icon_sad.gif

    BTW, how come your account keeps cycling between hidden and viewable the last few days?
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    Sep 19, 2013 3:01 PM GMT
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    freedomisntfree said
    Jockbod48 saidgoldenhawkad.jpg
    I knew an older person who had a Golden Hawk, and liked it - in the late 50's until '64 when the car was traded for a new T-Bird. I never got to ride in it, but saw photos. Did this car evolve into the Avanti later?


    I'm so stinkin old that I actually worked in a Studebaker / avanti dealer! Now that's old!

    I believe that advertisement is a 1957 Hawk, not the 1956 on eBay. Virtually identical, except for the grill and rear fins.

    Studebakers were a dying breed, and even back then as kids we knew their days were numbered, not really competing effectively against the Big Three. A car for old guys enamored of name nostalgia, the wave of the past not the future.

    Still, the cars had some interesting lines, and the later Avanti was brilliant for the time. But by then few people were paying attention to them anymore. icon_sad.gif

    BTW, how come your account keeps cycling between hidden and viewable the last few days?


    I've had a massive comment spam attack on my business blogs all of a sudden and I don't know where it's coming from. It's a big mess to clean up. Seems like most of it is Poland or Ukraine.

    The blogs have been up for years, but it was Friday when all this started. Plus, last week I had a credit card stolen online that's only used for online purchases and I don't carry it with me.

    I've been signing out or hidding everything over the last five or six days.
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    Sep 19, 2013 3:05 PM GMT
    I owned the original car that was tarted up to make this Hawk, a '53 Studebaker Commander Regal 2 door hardtop, ivory body, dark "Air Force Blue" top, red leather interior.

    It was the Venus De Milo of 1950's car design. I would sit out in the garage, coffee (or adult beverage) cup in hand, and just stare at it and enjoy it's beauty.

    So many of it's "styling cues" were stolen for other, later model cars! The twin grilles became a Pontiac styling trademark, it's low sloping hood and wrap around back window was used on the 1975 Camaro/Firebird.

    It's Borg-Warner 3 speed automatic transmission was far superior to the sloppy, "slip-n-slide" 2 speed Powerglide on Chevrolets.

    It made my best friends' '56 Chevy Bel-Air and '53 Ford Customline looked like the packing crate my Studie was shipped it.
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    Sep 19, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    rnch saidI owned the original car that was tarted up to make this Hawk, a '53 Studebaker Commander Regal 2 door hardtop, ivory body, dark "Air Force Blue" top, red leather interior.

    It was the Venus De Milo of 1950's car design. I would sit out in the garage, coffee (or adult beverage) cup in hand, and just stare at it and enjoy it's beauty.

    So many of it's "styling cues" were stolen for other, later model cars! The twin grilles became a Pontiac styling trademark, it's low sloping hood and wrap around back window was used on the 1975 Camaro/Firebird.

    It's Borg-Warner 3 speed automatic transmission was far superior to the sloppy, "slip-n-slide" 2 speed Powerglide on Chevrolets.

    It made my best friends' '56 Chevy Bel-Air and '53 Ford Customline looked like the packing crate my Studie was shipped it.


    And here's the guy behind it

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Loewy


    "Loewy had a long and fruitful relationship with American car maker Studebaker. Studebaker first retained Loewy and Associates and Helen Dryden as design consultants in 1936[5]:[p.247] and in 1939 Loewy began work with the principal designer Virgil M Exner.[5][6] Their designs first began appearing with the late-1930s Studebakers. Loewy also designed a new logo which replaced the "turning wheel" which had been the trademark since 1912.[5]

    During World War II, American government restrictions on in-house design departments at Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler prevented official work on civilian automobiles. Because Loewy's firm was independent of the fourth-largest automobile producer in America, no such restrictions applied. This permitted Studebaker to launch the first all-new postwar automobile in 1947, two years ahead of the "Big Three." His team developed an advanced design featuring flush-front fenders and clean rearward lines. The Loewy staff also created the Starlight body which featured a rear-window system wrapping 180° around the rear seat.

    1953 Studebaker Commander Starlight coupe
    In addition to the iconic bullet-nosed Studebakers of 1950 and 1951, the team created the 1953 Studebaker line, highlighted by the Starliner and Starlight coupes. (Publicly credited to Loewy, they were actually the work of Robert Bourke.[7]) The Starlight has consistently ranked as one of the best-designed cars of the 1950s in lists compiled since by Collectible Automobile, Car and Driver, and Motor Trend. The '53 Starliner, recognized today as "one of the most beautiful cars ever made",[8] was radical in appearance, as radical in its way as the 1934 Airflow. However, it was beset by production problems.[8]

    To brand the new line, Loewy also contemporized Studebaker's logo again by applying the "Lazy S" element. His final commission of the 1950s for Studebaker was the transformation of the Starlight and Starliner coupes into the Hawk series for the 1956 model year. The photo to the right actually shows a Starliner coupe which does not have the "C" pillar, but a window.
    "