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    1959 Golden Hawk TT ? I've been offered a Golden Hawk by a guy who insists it's a '59 TT one of only 5 ever made.After spending hours looking into it I can only work out that they made the Golden Hawk between '56 / '58 with 5234 ever made, no mention anywhere of there being a special TT version.It's got the fins, supercharger, power bulge with louvers {no air scoop at front}. On the boot It's got the Golden Hawk badge bottom right and a TT badge bottom left.It's painted in an ivory white with red inlays on the fins if that makes any odds. Can anyone help in the identification of this car, 'cause i've fallen in love with it.

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    Get us the tag number off the firewall and we can tell you exactly what it is. Golden's were only made in 56, 57 and 58. In 1959, they were Silver Hawks, and were pillared coupes (not hardtop). I think in 1960 they just became Hawks. The TT just means it has Twin Traction (posi-trac). TTs were an option for most years of Studebaker production since the mid to late 50s.

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    • #3
      The twin-traction option was introduced in 1957 if memory serves correctly. Now it might be a golden hawk "400" which would be a rare car, one of 5, I don't know about that, and I don't recall if any "400s" were made in '58 or not. Leather upholstery would be the most obvious sign of a "400."

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      • #4
        Golden Hawks were only made 1956-1958 and were all K bodies (hardtops). The Golden Hawk 400 model was only made in 1957. No K body (hardtop) Hawks were made in 1959. Only C body (coupe) Silver Hawks were made in 1959. The TT emblem does not denote a model. It simply means that it has Twin Traction, a limited slip differential. Studebaker introduced TT on pickups in 1956 and cars in 1957. My guess at this point is that it is either a 1957 or 1958 Golden Hawk that wasn't originally sold until 1959 and was titled as a 1959 because of this. If you provide the information off the body tag, on the engine side of the firewall, we will tell you what the car is. There were more Golden Hawks made than you indicate. There were; 4071 for 1956, 4356 for 1957 and 878 for 1958.

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        • #5
          If indeed it is a Golden Hawk "400," here's some more info. The Golden Hawk 400 came out in 1957. Only 51 were produced, so it is inded a rare model. The only exterior difference was that on two-tone models the accent color was not only on the fin, but also on the front-side grill lower panel. Interiors were done in either white or tan leather and were the same as used on the 1958 Packard Hawk.

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by 57slvrhwk6

            If indeed it is a Golden Hawk "400," here's some more info. The Golden Hawk 400 came out in 1957. Only 51 were produced, so it is inded a rare model. The only exterior difference was that on two-tone models the accent color was not only on the fin, but also on the front-side grill lower panel. Interiors were done in either white or tan leather and were the same as used on the 1958 Packard Hawk.
            Didn't they also have the padded "arm rests" on the outside of the door, just below the windows? I don't know, never saw one, but think I read that somewhere.


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            • #7
              Just the Packard Hawk had the arm rests, but the interior were similar.

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by JDP

                Just the Packard Hawk had the arm rests, but the interior were similar.
                Guess I read wrong. [^]


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                • #9
                  I thought that someone told me that the 400 had the 56J style arm rest built into the door panel, but I may be mistaken - I haven't ever seen one for real.

                  nate

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                  • #10
                    True, but I thought Dave was talking about the padded rest outside the door.

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                    • #11
                      The Studebaker Nat'l Museum has a 57 Golden Hawk 400. I don't know if it's authentic or not. It's all white with a white interior. Both upper and lower dash have padding, and the arm rests are different from regular production, they're faired in with the door panel. It does not have any padding on top of the door outside of the window. I was under the impression that this interior is the same as the 58 Packard Hawk.

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                      • #12
                        '57 Golden Hawk 400 here is the factory announcement letter(if shaws instructions work)well i give up

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