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    Salt Flats Silver Hawk at Leake Auction in Tulsa

    Pretty cool car, anyone know it?

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    http://leakecar.com/index.cfm?id=208...olor=&search=1

    Also a 48 Convertible and a 55President with 8K original miles.

    http://leakecar.com/index.cfm?id=208&auc_code=TULSA10
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    That sure looks neat, hope he straps that hood down VERY securely, that big old grille going fast gulps a lot of air that for some reason, likes to blow up things vertically!! Ha!! John

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    Very cool! It was on Ebay awhile back, loved it then, even more now!
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    Well, it's never been on the salt - for one. It's been on eBay and Craigslist a couple times. I know of at least 2 owners in the last 3 years. I like it, but I'd change it a bit to suit my tastes if it was mine. Came out of Tennessee, I think - present owner in Oklahoma?
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    I remember it was on Ebay a while back. I really like the way it looks. It may have the Salt Flat look, but the hood is far from aerodynamic and the fins would create stability at speed. Still I would love to drive it around.
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    Interesting build and yes, it's been flogged for sale for years now. Telling us twice that the car has been featured in Hot Rod Deluxe and that it has genuine Mooney wheel covers . . . could be more professional.

    Know how the squared-off Hawk rear deck lid appears larger, but the trunk room is the same as the more rounded '53-55s?

    Same thing on the hood/grille - obviously surprising to many, there is essentially no aerodynamic penalty for the Hawk hood/grille, since it doesn't change total frontal area. Straight from a racer who ran a GT Hawk at Bonneville, he made a block-off panel for the grille and channeled only as much air as needed for cooling up from the lower valance, he ran as fast with the GT as with a '53 C-body.

    That sure looks neat, hope he straps that hood down VERY securely, that big old grille going fast gulps a lot of air that for some reason, likes to blow up things vertically!! Ha!!
    Agree, when the entire grille area is open, it creates a high pressure area under the hood and a good latch/strap would be needed. However, as mentioned above, anyone trying for top speed would block off most of the grille area.

    I don't have any references as to whether
    the fins would create stability at speed
    or just add drag. Can't ever remember seeing a '57-61 Hawk on the salt.

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    I didn't think they meant it had been on the salt, or inferred it, only that it had been built in that style. Cool regardless.

    Anyone know any asking prices on it? Will be interesting to see what the auction says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bams50 View Post
    I didn't think they meant it had been on the salt, or inferred it, only that it had been built in that style. Cool regardless.

    Anyone know any asking prices on it? Will be interesting to see what the auction says.
    Bob, I didn't mean to suggest that is what you thought. I was simply going by this statement in the ad itself. "Made for the Salt Flats, featured in Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine" I too think it is cool.
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    It was in Hotrod magazine a few months ago.
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