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  • The dreaded "have you seen this car?" post

    well, i finally got some slides of my dad's 56 Sky Hawk.
    289 with auto trans.
    he sold it to a young man who attended Cal State Los Angeles around 1965.
    my folks were living in Alhambra at the time.
    this pic was taken in 1963 south of Victorville, CA.

    so, any info on it would be great. CA plates read JYC 500.

    this was the last of 4 studebakers my family owned.
    we also had 2 53 champs.

    thanks for letting me post up!

    <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

  • #2
    i'll try this image link.



    • #3
      That was a very desirable and rare car, it looked great with the Optional Wire Wheel Covers! []

      It would help a lot if you could come up with the [u]Serial Number</u> from an old Calif. Registration Card, Insurance Card, Policy or Statement etc. a copy of the title or anything in any family records that shows it.

      The license plate and number are likely long gone, but the car may NOT be! It could be registered in another State, and belong to a SDC Member.

      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner


      • #4
        What's up with the side grille inserts? I've never seen 'em on a 56. jimmijim
        sigpicAnything worth doing deserves your best shot. Do it right the first time. When you're done you will know it. { I'm just the guy who thinks he knows everything, my buddy is the guy who knows everything.} cheers jimmijim*****SDC***** member


        • #5
          Since the pic was taken in 1963, it would be pretty easy to go to the Dealer and buy the matching egg crate side grille inserts for a '58-'61 Hawk to give it a more complete look, and it looks much better than the '59-61's did, without those ugly Parking Lights stuck in the side grilles.

          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner


          • #6
            thanks for the reminder on VIN info. that'll be a hard find. i'll do my best to get more info.
            i've already contacted the Sky Hawk registry for possible info.
            i'll see if i can get more info on the side grilles too. i remember my dad telling me the orig. hubs weren't that great and he picked up the wires.
            here's couple more pics.


            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by davis

              CA plates read JYC 500.
              It appears that this number may be open/clear on the CA DMV website. It doubtful this car is registered under this number in CA.

              Tom - Mulberry, FL

              1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2125.60)

              1964 Studebaker Commander 170-1V, 3-speed w/OD (Cost to Date: $623.67)

              Tom - Bradenton, FL

              1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
              1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD


              • #8
                I had a Sky Hawk back in the late 70's that fits your car's description. I sold it to my tire guy's son here in Hawthorne, CA. I can can do some investigating as to the whereabouts of the car. Bud


                • #9
                  you can get YOM plate info from DMV online?
                  i called them over a year ago regarding orig. plates and didn't know about online services like that.
                  i ended up getting transfered to sacramento.


                  • #10
                    davis, they allow you search for new plate registrations on the DMV site of all kinds. You can type in a combination to see if it's currently being used for availability.


                    • #11
                      Well, my dad called me this evening regarding my email to him about these pics and info.
                      here's more info.
                      He purchased it used from Larry Wright Studebaker Agency in Pasadena, CA on Colorado Blvd. in either late 1962 or early 63. it already had the black and yellow plates. the agency went out of business in about 1965.
                      Purchased for the price of $600.
                      the car had: 289, auto trans, power brakes, power steering, tach, radio, dual exhaust, white headliner and two tone white and gray seat upholstery. No A/C.
                      he had repaired the kick panels as they were pretty trashed. probably fabbed up from cardboard.
                      it was the factory black on black and sometime in 63 he got rearended in LA. the trunklid was replaced and instead of the key lock and turn mechanism, i guess standard for Hawks, it was replaced with just a key lock.
                      he wasnt happy about that replacement. but the car was repainted black again.
                      the skinny whitwall on the one pic was due to the fact that wide whites were harder to find and the rears were still good.

                      No VIN info.

                      His major complaints were that when it rained hard, the car leaked, mostly in trunk and the checking trans fluid was a bear having to pull back carpet and pulling a small dipstick.
                      yes, he's kicking himself for selling it. but, at that time, servicing and parts were difficult and he didnt have anywhere to work on it. he wasnt a mechanic.

                      still kinda cool to hear all this info.


                      • #12
                        forgot to add, he sold it in january-feb. of 1967. not 65 like i had thought.


                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by davis

                          forgot to add, he sold it in january-feb. of 1967. not 65 like i had thought.

                          Nice car! After a '64 GT, that's probably tied with a '63 GT as my next-favorite Hawk. Ironically, my brother-in-law has a solid black SkyHawk in his garage in NW PA, but it needs most everything and has sat there for probably thirty years. It was sold new in Meadville, PA though.

                          Good luck on your search! Here's the right place to start.

                          Bill Pressler
                          Kent, OH
                          '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
                          '64 Daytona Hardtop
                          Bill Pressler
                          Kent, OH
                          (formerly Greenville, PA)
                          Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                          Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                          1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                          1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                          All are in Australia now


                          • #14
                            davis, For info on YOM plates call 1-800-777-0133. About 3 years ago I needed information on a car I had and the woman at the local DMV told me to go to Sacramento to the archives. Drove 400+ miles and when I got there It was a big hassle finding where the archives are at. It took more than 3 hrs. waiting, holding a number to be called. Only to find out the archives are 11 miles away from the Downtown DMV office. The archives are under ground, you have to take an elevator down after going through an interview as to why you need this info. When I get down there they tell me that there was a fire in the Micro-flich section in 1985 and a lot of the old records were destroyed. So fill out a paper and if we think you need that info and we have it we will send it to you in the mail.


                            • #15
                              thanks for the YOM info. i also have a CHP connection i need to try.
                              i'll see if i can get the name of the man who purchased this car from my father.
                              i havent heard a response from Sky Hawk Registry organizer yet either.

                              thanks guys!