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    Reading Vintage Motorsports' excellent book, [u]Road Racing Specials</u> I came across this article on Brooks Stevens' R2-powered Excalibur Hawk Coupe:



    The side "sweep" of his Scimitar design is present. Anyone else know anything of this car's history not covered in the article? I know somebody has some scans of this racer out there...



    Andy
    62 GT
    Andy
    62 GT


  • #2
    quote:&lt;snip&gt;Fortuneately for today's vintage enthusists, the Hawk coupe has been rescued and restored by long time Stevens fan, friend and Excaliber fanatic Bob Shaw...&lt;snip&gt;
    Interesting, maybe it might behoove you to ask our intrepid leader on this forum as to whether he is the fanatical Bob Shaw mentioned in the article. If so, he probably be able to provide you with whatever you wish.


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    • #3
      Excalibur!! Now there's a name and a fine piece of automotive machinery I haven't seen here or anywhere in ages!! I haven't heard so much on the racing coupe but I got a kick out of his other design for the masses. One of those "if only the money was present" kinda dreams where I could get one of those large glass lamped critters....

      [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]
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      1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
      1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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      • #4
        I saw this car at a show at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield in the 70's.
        One of the things I remember was the linkage to the carb, for it (the carb) was rotated 90 degrees from normal.


        1963 Studebaker Avanti: C4 Corvette narrowed front/rear suspension, C5 13" calipers/rotors adapted to C4, Viper differential with Intrax 3.54 ratio (the snake has been charmed!), coil overs, stainless tubular frame, stainless chambered side exhaust.
        Here are two links for some pictures and information.
        Slide Show
        Magazine Article
        sigpic 1963 Studebaker Avanti: LS1 motor and T-56 transmission have been moved rearward, set up as a two seat coupe with independent rear suspension. Complex solutions for nonexistant problems.

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        • #5
          It said that the car sufferred from fuel starvation. I wonder if that had anything to do with the carb orientation?

          Andy
          62 GT
          Andy
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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by PlainBrownR2

            Excalibur!! Now there's a name and a fine piece of automotive machinery I haven't seen here or anywhere in ages!!
            Made me think about going out and gathering the Knights of the Round Table... [}]

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            • #7
              There is a more exciting Excalibur on eBay! [}]


              http://tinyurl.com/6p3mjn



              Leonard Shepherd
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              • #8
                I always thought this one was kind of cool, although obviously I have not ever seen one in real life only in pictures...

                http://www.automotivehistoryonline.com/julyfeature.htm

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                • #9
                  Well, now I can add the Excalibur Hawk Coupe and Gaylord Gladiator to my list of automotive esoterica. Great, if brief, history.

                  Thomas

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                  • #10
                    Here are some more Brooks Stevens designs from Auto Sport Review, July 1953.





                    Leonard Shepherd
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                    • #11
                      Wow, Leonard, that first Excalibur II picture is gorgeous! With a less-extreme rear window that would be a stunning car[8D]



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                      • #12
                        quote: Wow, Leonard, that first Excalibur II picture is gorgeous! With a less-extreme rear window that would be a stunning car
                        Did you notice they used the word "Loewy" describing it? [:0]

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                        • #13
                          Much can be said for the Brooks Stevens' designs. Had Studebaker survived and had forward looking leadership there would have been Stevens designed autos in their line up. Much has been written about some of his ideas for the late 60's and if things had been a little different it would have been really great to see what unfolded. leonard thanks for posting the drawings. I really like that first one and believe had it been produced it would have been a stunning winner.

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                          • #14
                            Sweet! I knew Leonard would pull through with some amazing graphics. I've never before seen those renderings for the Excalibur II.

                            It would have offered a nice counterpoint to the Continental MkII, only a couple years earlier and likely more exclusive.

                            Andy
                            62 GT
                            Andy
                            62 GT

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                            • #15
                              There is a lot of obvious Studebaker influence in that car. I can see at least a '55 hood, 56J fins, and the c-pillar looks like a C-K only narrowed way down. Even the detail on the doors looks very Studebaker although you could argue that it came from the Gaylord (which was designed when the C-K was still new and fresh, so...)

                              nate

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