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  • eBay Hawk - Prototype Hood?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1957-...%3A10%7C39%3A1

    Anyone care to comment on the "prototype hood" on this Silver Hawk?

    Chris Pile
    Editor: The Studebaker Special
    http://midwaystudebakers.tripod.com/
    The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

  • #2
    I really just don't know what to Say about it . It leaves me Speechless.

    Mabel 1949 Champion
    Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
    Gus 1958 Transtar
    The Prez 1955 President State
    Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
    Daisy 1954 Commander Regal Coupe
    Fresno,Ca
    Mabel 1949 Champion
    Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
    Gus 1958 Transtar
    The Prez 1955 President State
    Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
    Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
    Fresno,Ca

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    • #3
      I suppose the superman badge on the glove compartment is also a prototype.

      John Clary
      Greer, SC

      Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
      SDC member since 1975
      John Clary
      Greer, SC

      SDC member since 1975

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      • #4
        Beneath contempt .
        Bill H
        Daytona Beach
        SDC member since 1970
        Owner of The Skeeter Hawk .

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        • #5
          I like white Hawks but this has to many little things that spoil it. Not sure about the first two owners but the present one is as my grandfather use to say is reckless with the truth

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          • #6
            No, not still another "ALL Original" Stude.! If that statement was even 85% true it would not be too bad!

            Says: "but front seats need fabric replaced on bottom". Well the back seat is all re-upholstered as are door panels, all incorrectly as is the 259 Engine, not available on U.S. built Silver Hawks.

            Those hood scoops sure look like the personal '54 Commander that Bob Bourke built though, there could be something to that story, maybe it used to be his, rather than a Factory Prototype. [:0]

            StudeRich
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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            • #7
              I like Ansens and wide whites, but not at the same time.

              nate

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              • #8
                quote:I like Ansens and wide whites, but not at the same time.
                You got that right.
                Also, his terminology is off - calling the knock-offs "tribars".
                Wonder if he's really a car guy.

                Anyone have an idea who the celebrity the seller mentioned might be?

                Chris Pile
                Editor: The Studebaker Special
                http://midwaystudebakers.tripod.com/
                The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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                • #9
                  That oversize tach just destroys the look of the dash, imho.[xx(]

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                  • #10
                    I have learned to 'Never say never' when it comes to Stude stuff...
                    But...
                    His claim that it definitely was a prototype because it was made in South Bend is one that demands some verification of provenance.
                    I'd want to see the build sheet, or some other kind of proof before buying based on that claim.
                    (Besides... Other than being an interesting abberation, My opinion is that it detracts from the graceful hood line of a Hawk).
                    Jeff[8D]



                    quote:Originally posted by Chris Pile
                    Anyone care to comment on the "prototype hood" on this Silver Hawk?
                    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                    Jeff


                    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



                    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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                    • #11
                      Hey JClary, I thought that "S" badge stood for SSSSilverhawk........

                      How come no one has mentioned that the wheels/covers on the right side are different from the ones on the left side?

                      '50 Champion, 1 family owner

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                      • #12
                        Uhhh.. nice, shiney car.[B)]

                        I WILL SAY that at first glance (and subsequent ones), those two nubs on the hood harken back to the nose of the earliest Crutiss P-40 Warhawk pursuit planes. These early P-40s had a pair of machine guns mounted in the upper cowling area and there were two blisters that stuck up just behind the rear edge of the prop spinner to accomodate the tips of the barrels. So - Curtiss-Wright, WAR Hawk, Studebaker... it's a stretch, I know.
                        In this photo you can see the left gun snout and there's an intake scoop that's on the centerline of the cowl - hiding the second gun snout on the right side.



                        1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                        1963 Cruiser
                        1960 Larkvertible V8
                        1958 Provincial wagon
                        1953 Commander coupe
                        1957 President two door

                        No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                        • #13
                          If the factory tried that hood design, I think we know why it never made production. Those bumps remind me of an alligators snout sticking above the water. I wouldn't mind having that car, but it would get several changes to make me want to drive it. One change would be the wheels.


                          1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, both w/overdrive.Searcy,Arkansas
                          "I may be lazy, but I'm not shiftless."
                          "In the heart of Arkansas."
                          Searcy, Arkansas
                          1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                          1952 2R pickup

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                          • #14
                            well if you decide to buy the car I'll take those wheels off your hands (you can keep the tires though)

                            nate

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                            55 Commander Starlight
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                            • #15
                              quote:Originally posted by Chris Pile

                              quote:I like Ansens and wide whites, but not at the same time.
                              You got that right.
                              Also, his terminology is off - calling the knock-offs "tribars".
                              Wonder if he's really a car guy.

                              Anyone have an idea who the celebrity the seller mentioned might be?

                              Chris Pile
                              Editor: The Studebaker Special
                              http://midwaystudebakers.tripod.com/
                              Umm... Probably Elvis. Looks like he got all the key catch words in there. RARE PROTOTYPE!! ESTATE SALE!! CELEBRITY OWNER!! Wonder why he forgot to mention that it was a BARN FIND!! purchased at an ESTATE SALE!!

                              LH

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