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  • Golden Hawk 400 ideas. Clone? Engineering?

    Howdy all,

    My dream car is a '57 Golden Hawk, 400 or not. A friend of mine owns a '57 Golden Hawk, with a 400 interior. Yes, identical to the one in Chris Dresbachs photo's. Only problem is this: Its serial # is too low to be a production 400, OR a show car! He believes it too be a factory install, and not a clone.

    So, I've looked into the serial #'s of 400s, its not on the list. He said he looked into the P.O, and it doesn't say anything like that. I want to look at it myself, but haven't yet. Maybe 2 views would see something the others didn't.

    My idea's at the moment are this: Its a clone; good possibility, but I'm going to keep on searching before I condemn. How about the possibilities of a engineering diviation? Then they liked what they saw, and put it into a production model? Or, maybe it was a less known interior option, before they turned it into the 400 model. Just like some R series cars that came out before the package models.

    What do you guys think? Any other idea's?

    Either way, I think the car should be saved, and hope to get a chance to purchase in the future. Even if I got a '57 G.H, it would be a 400 clone when I was done with it anyways, LOL![8D]

    Dylan Wills
    [IMG][/IMG]
    '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
    Dylan Wills
    Everett, Wa.


    1961 Lark 4 door wagon
    1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
    1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
    1914 Ford Model T

  • #2
    Oh, and the car has a WHITE leather interior, not the tan like the Packard hawks, or so I was informed that was there color.

    Dylan Wills
    [IMG][/IMG]
    '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
    Dylan Wills
    Everett, Wa.


    1961 Lark 4 door wagon
    1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
    1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
    1914 Ford Model T

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by silverhawk

      Oh, and the car has a WHITE leather interior, not the tan like the Packard hawks, or so I was informed that was there color.

      Dylan Wills
      [IMG][/IMG]
      '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
      Yesm they are all entirely white.[8D]

      Chris Dresbach. South Bend, In.

      1940 Champion two door.
      Parts of the 1952 Model N prototype.
      1963 Prototype moon cart built by Studebaker.
      Chris Dresbach

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      • #4
        I was refering more to the packard hawks having tan interiors, LOL! Thank for the clarification though!
        quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

        quote:Originally posted by silverhawk

        Oh, and the car has a WHITE leather interior, not the tan like the Packard hawks, or so I was informed that was there color.

        Dylan Wills
        [IMG][/IMG]
        '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
        Yesm they are all entirely white.[8D]

        Chris Dresbach. South Bend, In.

        1940 Champion two door.
        Parts of the 1952 Model N prototype.
        1963 Prototype moon cart built by Studebaker.
        Dylan Wills
        [IMG][/IMG]
        '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
        Dylan Wills
        Everett, Wa.


        1961 Lark 4 door wagon
        1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
        1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
        1914 Ford Model T

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        • #5
          Also White side grill air inlet pans and white dash pad.

          If his Production Order does not call out Leather Interior, it can't be a deviation/prototype.

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

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          • #6
            FWIW, here's the interior of an authentic 400 in the SNM.

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            • #7
              That's the same car I photographed.

              Chris Dresbach. South Bend, In.

              1940 Champion two door.
              Parts of the 1952 Model N prototype.
              1963 Prototype moon cart built by Studebaker.
              Chris Dresbach

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              • #8
                Is there any dash that is more manly than round gages mounted in machine turned stainless? I love that!

                Doug
                Venice, Florida
                1950 Champion
                9G F1

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                • #9
                  Maybe some guy who restored the car way back in the past made one 1957 GH out of two.
                  The 400 contributed with the interior.

                  Michael

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                  • #10
                    Post the production order here and get the opinions.

                    Don Wilson
                    53 Commander Hardtop
                    64 Champ 1/2 ton
                    Centralia, WA
                    Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

                    40 Champion 4 door*
                    50 Champion 2 door*
                    53 Commander K Auto*
                    53 Commander K overdrive*
                    55 President Speedster
                    62 GT 4Speed*
                    63 Avanti R1*
                    64 Champ 1/2 ton

                    * Formerly owned

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                    • #11
                      I sure thought the 400's came with electric windows????? Maybe not....Keep on Studebakering

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                      • #12
                        Dylan, my 400 series Hawk was sold several years back and parted out here in Alabama. I still have my body tag:57H-K7
                        The doors were sold, but interior still in it - - -perhaps he got mine?? 2761
                        It was black with the white leather, power windows, that fabulous looking hoodscoop, (which I put on my SkyHawk), supercharger, etc. Wish I had known then what I had, it was VERY restorable. Neat cars, and I only have a couple of very poor pics of it- - oh well. Life goes on, John

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                        • #13
                          Ok, I'll try and get the P.O, and let you guys know what I find myself. I don't know when that will happen though, just to warn you guys.

                          The car has the white side grills, and the correct dash. I'll post some pictures of the car soon.

                          It being restored once apon a time with a 400 donor is a possibility, seeing how it has so many of the 400 parts. Thanks for the idea!

                          Dylan Wills
                          [IMG][/IMG]
                          '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
                          Dylan Wills
                          Everett, Wa.


                          1961 Lark 4 door wagon
                          1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
                          1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
                          1914 Ford Model T

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                          • #14
                            Here's a few pics





                            Dylan Wills
                            [IMG][/IMG]
                            '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
                            Dylan Wills
                            Everett, Wa.


                            1961 Lark 4 door wagon
                            1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
                            1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
                            1914 Ford Model T

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                            • #15
                              Save that car[]
                              It awaits the open road
                              Good Roads
                              Brian

                              Brian Woods
                              woodysrods@shaw.ca
                              1946 M Series (Shop Truck)
                              Brian Woods
                              woodysrods@shaw.ca
                              1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

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