Decoded: 61=Golden Hawk 2-dr Hardtop; 01001=1,001st Golden Hawk scheduled for assembly
Engine: 289 cid OHV "Sweepstakes" V8
"Jet-Stream" Supercharged/275 bhp
3-Speed Flight-O-Matic Automatic Transmission
Power Assisted Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Odometer: 23,500 miles
Real Factory Performance
Outstanding Styling and Comfort
South Bend's Finest
The Model -For 1953, Studebaker using designs by Raymond Lowey, brought out a line of radically restyled cars that were cutting-edge in design for the time. Low, sleek and with a relatively powerful V8 engine, they helped keep this struggling independent alive for a few more years. In 1956, using the Packard V8, the Golden Hawk was born. For 1957, the talents of Duncan McRae gave the Lowey coupe a few tasteful updates, such as concave rear fins and developing a fiberglass filler panel for the hood. The panel was needed to accommodate the Paxton Supercharger fitted to the new Golden Hawk. Also, new was the use of the Studebaker designed and built Sweepstakes V8. The interior was restyled presenting a clean, attractive and functional dashboard created for the "Sports Car Pilot". It featured a group of simple and easy to read gauges for speed, fuel, temperature and a tachometer. Just 4,356 customers stepped up for the Golden Hawk in 1957, and few, if any, were disappointed with their purchase.
The Car - Finished in Tiara Gold with the Arctic White accent in the rear fins, this beautiful example of the 1957 Golden Hawk looks and acts showroom fresh. With the "Jet-Stream" Supercharger supplied by Paxton, this little Studebaker had plenty of pep and power for those at-speed acceleration needs. The engine on this Golden Hawk looks like it is ready for display on a showroom floor. On the street, the operation of this vehicle is quiet and effortless, especially with the Flight-O-Matic transmission supplied by Borg-Warner. All of the gauges are in working order and are presented in like-new condition in both looks and operations. Traveling down a back-road or on a modern highway, this car not only stands out in a crowd but is a leader too! Ready for judging, this car is a sure-fire way of bringing home trophies and awards. With comfortable seats in tan leather combined with the sound insulating qualities of the perforated vinyl-lines roof, this Golden Hawk would be right at home for one who desired only the best.