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jeryst
10-05-2008, 07:18 PM
Just wondering if any were ever made. Anyone ever see a custom one?

sweetolbob
10-05-2008, 07:41 PM
Check S2DSteve's 53 in members pix. It's a beauty. Of course a custom, no production that I know of. Bob

P.S. - I know it's not a Hawk, It's pretty any way:D:D

S2DSteve
10-05-2008, 08:01 PM
No production convertibles between 1952 and 1960, and then only in the Lark-type cars. They did make one prototype in 1953. It was later converted to '54 specs, and eventually sold to a Studebaker employee with the agreement it would never be re-sold. It's now in a private collection in California.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u57/S2DSteve/Family12-1-2.jpg
Steve Hudson
The Dalles, Oregon
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?)

rockinhawk
10-05-2008, 08:13 PM
I remember seeing a 56 Golden Hawk convertible in Jacksonville Fla. back in the late 60's early 70's. But have no idea who it belonged to or what happened to it. Of coarse it was a custom built car. and it was a beauty! I wanted that car some kinda bad. But I settled for a oneowner Sky Hawk HT. NT


Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
Many others.
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar2.jpg

52 Ragtop
10-05-2008, 08:48 PM
No production convertibles between 1952 and 1960

You mean 53-60! Since a 52 ragtop was the Pace Car at the Indy 500 in 1952!

Jim

52hawk
10-05-2008, 09:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by Studedude

No Hawk convertibles built by the factory, but some have been home-built.

This one just caught my eye on ebay:

http://tinyurl.com/3s7nuu

(Starting to think about a winter project.) [8D]

http://www.davesplaceinc.com/sdcforum/signature.jpg
DAVE, THE EVIL TWIN FROM OKLAHOMA

That seller also has a decent looking '62 GT hawk for sale.Terrible job on the description on that one too,though.Might be of interest to somebody on here,looking for a GT. He's in Michigan.

Oglesby,Il. http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j273/52hawk/100_0824-1-2.jpg
"Studebaker? It must be hard to find parts for those!"

S2DSteve
10-05-2008, 10:09 PM
"You mean 53-60! Since a 52 ragtop was the Pace Car at the Indy 500 in 1952!"
No, I mean none between 52 and 60 as in none after 52 or before 60:)

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u57/S2DSteve/Family12-1-2.jpg
Steve Hudson
The Dalles, Oregon
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?)

steve_smith54
10-05-2008, 10:21 PM
Coachwork shops have been in existence since before there were any cars and they have certainly made cars into convertibles that could not have come that way from the factory. Whether or not any of them are still around, I am sure there must have been some Studes that underwent such conversions.

bams50
10-05-2008, 10:48 PM
quote:Originally posted by Studedude

No Hawk convertibles built by the factory, but some have been home-built.

This one just caught my eye on ebay:


Careful you don't get cornfoosed, Dave, that's a roadster, which means no top

I'm watching it as well, since I'll be going to SB next week, with nothing on the dolly coming back... I could make a swing up to Detroit- it's not far off my route home[:p]

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

[b]"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

kurtruk
10-05-2008, 11:17 PM
quote:Originally posted by Studedude

No Hawk convertibles built by the factory, but some have been home-built.

This one just caught my eye on ebay:

http://tinyurl.com/3s7nuu

(Starting to think about a winter project.) [8D]

http://www.davesplaceinc.com/sdcforum/signature.jpg
DAVE, THE EVIL TWIN FROM OKLAHOMA


That's not a bad looking car! Is that a '55 hood? 'Course, whenever you remove a solid top, you gain a great deal of body flex[:0][B)]:(. And when you START with a great deal of body flex...(Stude, C/K, frame, etc.) Uh Oh.

KURTRUK
(read it backwards)


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3267/2617723594_889afb71cf_t.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2412/2267352617_720245049a_m.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3286/2679715309_563ea85e42_m.jpg

StudeRich
10-06-2008, 12:17 AM
It looks like it started out as a '62 or '63 GT Hawk, but has a modified '55 C/K front clip, not a bad looking sunny day driver! [^]

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

PlainBrownR2
10-07-2008, 02:56 AM
What's interesting is I have pics of the 53(presuming it's the same one now, lol) from the Omaha meet. I also have pics of the one as well from the May 2005 meet in SB. Here's what somebody did with this one a few years ago(this pic should take a few people back, lol):

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/MVC-018S.jpg

I know many of the members have seen this one already, I thought it was kinda neat myself.... [:o)]

On this fine specimen the only thing Studebaker is the front sheetmetal. I love the car to death for the work put into fitting those panels, but if I remember right most to all of what's underneath is a modern chassis and modern drivetrain.

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000145-1.jpg
[img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000137-1.jpg[/img=left]
[img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00005.jpg?t=1171153370[/img=right]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=left]

lstude
10-07-2008, 05:57 AM
quote:On this fine specimen the only thing Studebaker is the front sheetmetal. I love the car to death for the work put into fitting those panels, but if I remember right most to all of what's underneath is a modern chassis and modern drivetrain.

It is the Shrock brothers Chrysler Sebring convertible converted to a Hawk.

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/MyStudebakernobackgroundsm.jpg

studegary
10-07-2008, 08:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by S2DSteve

They did make one prototype in 1953. It was later converted to '54 specs, and eventually sold to a Studebaker employee with the agreement it would never be re-sold. It's now in a private collection in California.

Steve Hudson


The '53-'54 prototype convertible was sold to a South Bend banker, not "a Studebaker employee", and his daughter drove it to college.

I was under the impression that the car is now in Colorado.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

S2DSteve
10-07-2008, 08:44 PM
The "sold to an employee" info was in a couple of different articles, and was also relayed to me by a guy who owned the car for a time. 'Doesn't make it true of course-he also was convinced the '53 car was crushed, and they made an all-new one for '54. Maybe it was sold to an employee before going to the banker?. Anyway, I believe he was from Colorado, so that checks. He told me it went to California, and Art Unger talked to the current owner in California a couple years ago. Apparently has quite a collection, but is a bit reclusive.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u57/S2DSteve/Family12-1-2.jpg
Steve Hudson
The Dalles, Oregon
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?)

monomaniac
10-07-2008, 09:09 PM
I did talk to the current owner (unless it was sold recently). He has a fantastic collection of Hawks and 57s and 58s. To say he is a "bit" reclusive is an understatement. I could not persuade him to supply some photos for TW. The cars are parked "cheek to jowl" in warehouses and it would take much trouble to move them out and then suitable locations are not nearby. Anyway, he thought it was too much trouble. He was an interesting fellow though. Said he never attended club meetings because they were boring and all the people did was eat.
I would like to meet him someday and see his collection (including the purple 58 and the factory convertible).

Michael
10-08-2008, 10:03 AM
The '53-'54 prototype convertible was sold to C. Dale Bratcher for $100 plus $2 tax
in april 1964. He was an emplyee of the Sales Department. Maybe he went on to be a
banker after his days at Studebaker in South Bend?
He bought the car with the agreement never to sell it. He held his word untill
he passed away in the mid 1990s.
The prototype was then owned by dr L. Thomas of Denver, CO. He then sold it to
its present owner who resides in North Hollywood, CA.

Michael Bostedt
Sweden
-1953 Commander Starlight
-1953 Champion Starliner

studegary
10-11-2008, 12:05 PM
[quote]Originally posted by Michael

The '53-'54 prototype convertible was sold to C. Dale Bratcher for $100 plus $2 tax
in april 1964. He was an emplyee of the Sales Department. Maybe he went on to be a
banker after his days at Studebaker in South Bend?
He bought the car with the agreement never to sell it. He held his word untill
he passed away in the mid 1990s.
The prototype was then owned by dr L. Thomas of Denver, CO. He then sold it to
its present owner who resides in North Hollywood, CA.

Michael Bostedt
Sweden
-1953 Commander Starlight
-1953 Champion Starliner
[/quote

Thank you, Michael B. This sounds correct to me.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer