I really like the 56 Hawk. I'm going to paint one for a friend next week. I like the vertical molding at the front of the quarter panel... or is it the rear fender.... I don't know the Studebaker cars like I know the pickups.
What I question is that Mike's post is labeled "Hawks" and at least on my small screen it looks like multiple pictures of one Hawk (not Hawks).
SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer
What I question is that Mike's post is labeled "Hawks" and at least on my small screen it looks like multiple pictures of one Hawk (not Hawks).[/QUOTE]
Perhaps, what Mike's intention or hope was, is that others with '56 Golden Hawk pictures would also post them here.
Well, if we're posting photos of 56J's here.....this one definitely gets my vote!!!!.....The factory 'Sunglow Gold' over 'Yellowstone' paint combo is "killer"!!
This Golden Hawk was brought to the recent SDC International held at Warwick, RI.
Okay, if no one else is going to post a photo of their 1956 Golden Hawk, I'll re-post a photo of this beautiful solid 'Velvet Black' one I saw at the International '16!
Yours is the prettiest Studebaker photo I have ever seen.
I thought you might like to see a note I sent to some family members, after I saw your post.
I wanted to share the photo with them. Plus I always try to keep them informed on Studebaker history.
Howdy, on the Studebaker Drivers Club website, I sometimes look at other members picture posts.
Attached is the prettiest photo of a Studebaker I have ever seen ! ! !
Also appears to have a Christmas tree in the background. So it is a seasonal photo, perfect for a Christmas card.
About the Studebaker:
Love the Yellow & White color combination.
It is a rare 1956 Golden Hawk. Which was the 1st year of the Hawk series.
The Golden Hawk was the top of line Hawk. Only 4,071 GH were produced in 1956.
It was the only year Studebaker model have a Packard V8. One of the largest cubic inch motors ever found in a Studebaker. 352 Cubic Inches. Rated @ 275 horsepower.
In 1957, Packard production stopped, so a 289 cubic inch Studebaker engine was substituted for the Golden Hawk. This was the year a Supercharger was added, to make the horsepower the same 275.
Dad has told me about some of the top end models sold at Stewart Jones Motors. I don't remember the number of 1956 GH they sold, but it was more than one.
Many Studebaker dealers never ordered even one for their inventory.
I think it is a honor and Dad's sales ability that the St. Petersburg market could support a top of the line car like this in 1956.
To show how expensive a GH was.
Compare its starting price (without options) to the price of a V8 Corvette, same year.
MSRP 1956 Golden Hawk $3,061
MSRP 1956 Corvette $3,149
I have some Color 3D slides of Grandpa Jones standing next to a metallic green version they had for the 1956 St. Petersburg Auto Show. Oh course having the Stewart Jones Motors
Auto Show girl (wearing a Stewart Jones Motors banner) standing next to him in her one piece bathing suit, didn't hurt Grandpa's SMILE. It's funny, I wish they weren't in the photo.
They end up blocking so much of the view of the car. The car is soooo pretty.
Dad even mentioned that Grandpa took some Golden Hawks to Sunshine Speedway in St. Petersburg, He drove them to act as their Pace Car. I wish I had some photos from those events.
Keeping Studebaker's Alive.....