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05-06-2008, 02:28 PM
I need some help

I have just bought a mint studbaker hawk 1961 - model C6 - serial number 14700 - assembled in south africa with V8 engine number 3535801

But cant find anything out about this car
Can anyone help with the history - if the engine is original etc..

Anything will help...
Thanks...I hope im in the rght place with people that know :-)

05-06-2008, 02:46 PM
The Studebaker Museum will sell you a build sheet on your car if you provide them with the correct number. It should be 61V XXXX. Here's the link:



05-09-2008, 02:04 PM
Thanks for that - tried that - but problem is the fact that it was produced in south africa.....
All reference numbers are different.....mnnnnnnn.....what next?

Anne F. Goodman
05-09-2008, 02:12 PM
send us pictures then maybe we can help

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
1955 President State

05-09-2008, 06:21 PM
Even if it was assembled in SA, the serial# plate on the door jamb would be one that Studebaker assigned it when it was ordered. They didn't just send a bunch of loose parts to SA and let them build a car from scratch. The cars were shipped in partially assembled fashion and as a consequence, had serial numbers assigned them before they ever left the plant in North America.
If 14700 is on some registration paperwork or an alternate ID plate, it's something that was assigned subsequent to it's original serial number.
The "engine number" you provided looks to be a casting number. The true engine number would be STAMPED into a machined pad at the top front corner of the engine block.:)

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

05-09-2008, 10:08 PM
Congratulations-you got a good one. Very low production. 1961 was the last year of the finned Hawks, and although it was considered somewhat dated at the time, many now consider it the apex of the "fins & flash" American car. It's also considerd by many to be the best of the series if you actually want to drive the car. Is it a 4-speed?

Steve Hudson
The Dalles, Oregon
1937 Dictator Flatback sedan (for sale)
1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
1960 Hawk (future project?)