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  • Golden Hawk 400: What are the features?

    I'm sure someone here can list the special features and identifying characteristics of the Golden Hawk 400. (Has there been an article in Turning Wheels on this?)

    Steven Ayres, Prescott AZ

  • #2
    From the February 1991 Turning Wheels:



    Since that article was published, a positive count has been made of how many were produced: 51. BP
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      This is the only piece of "literature" that Studebaker issued for the "400," a post card measuring 61/4 X 8 1/2."
      Richard Quinn
      Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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        For some reason photo #1 did not get posted on my previous attempt.
        Richard Quinn
        Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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        • #5
          The possible 'engineering study' for the interior survives: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ghlight=husvar

          Craig
          Last edited by 8E45E; 09-17-2012, 07:03 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
            The possible 'engineering study' for the interior survives: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ghlight=husvar

            Craig
            I remember reading about that one. I still hope Dylan Wills can get that car someday.

            Hey Bob, didn't Ted Harbit have a 400 once?
            Chris Dresbach

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            • #7
              Perfect, thanks!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach View Post
                Hey Bob, didn't Ted Harbit have a 400 once?
                Yes, Chris; he did. Good memory.

                It was Midnight Black with white fins and side grille air intake floors. It was originally Virgil Snider's wife's "demo" at Snider Auto Service [Studebaker dealer] in Indianapolis. Ted traded it back to Snider toward a new 1962 Hawk he ordered with 4-speed.

                And, of course, there is more to the story: Ted had ordered a new 1957 Silver Hawk V8 with overdrive. He traded that Silver Hawk at Snider toward the Golden Hawk 400 when Mrs. Snider was done driving it. (Understand, he was only 23 years old at the time...a fresh new high school teacher driving a one-year-old 1957 Golden Hawk 400! Talk about uppity, eh? )

                Then, my cousin George D. Krem bought Ted's 1957 Silver Hawk as a used car from Snider without even realizing it was Ted Harbit's "old" car.

                Here is Ted's "old" 1957 Silver Hawk in the middle of this 1964 photograph. George right; me left:



                Unfortunately, neither Ted's 1957 Silver Hawk nor his 1957 Golden Hawk 400 are today accounted for. The 400's Serial Number is known, so if anyone posts that they have the car, it can be documented as Ted Harbit's 400. BP
                Last edited by BobPalma; 09-18-2012, 11:46 AM.
                We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                Ayn Rand:
                "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                • #9
                  Does a Golden Hawk 400 not have the 3 stainless darts per side within the side grille assemblies? If so, it is ok by me but just does not make a bit of sense to not have them. jimmijim
                  Last edited by jimmijim8; 09-18-2012, 03:51 AM.
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                  • #10
                    The article states that the door panels were all vinyl, which isn't quite true. The tops of the arm rests were leather. (if it's exactly the same interior as used in the Packard Hawk)
                    Bez Auto Alchemy
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jimmijim8 View Post
                      Does a Golden Hawk 400 not have the 3 stainless darts per side within the side grille assemblies? If so, it is ok by me but just does not make a bit of sense to not have them. jimmijim
                      All 1957 Golden Hawks have the three stainless-steel darts on the floor of the grill side air intakes; both "regular" Golden Hawks and 400s.

                      Take a close look at the photo in Dick Quinn's Post #4 above and you'll see them. I am looking at an original of that same advertisement here and the darts are in place. (That is an actual photograph of a 400, not an artist's rendering.) BP
                      We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                      Ayn Rand:
                      "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                      G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
                        .

                        And, of course, there is more to the story: Ted had ordered a new 1957 Silver Hawk V8 with overdrive. He traded that Silver Hawk at Snider toward the Golden Hawk 400 when Mrs. Snider was done driving it. [I](Understand, he was only 23 years old at the time...a fresh new high school teacher driving a one-year-old 1958 Golden Hawk 400! Talk about uppity, eh? )


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                        Now you are going to have people searching for that elusive 1958 Golden Hawk 400 <G>.
                        Gary L.
                        Wappinger, NY

                        SDC member since 1968
                        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by studegary View Post
                          Now you are going to have people searching for that elusive 1958 Golden Hawk 400 <G>.
                          Oops! The hazards of posting early in the morning before breakfast, and thinking of the year in question rather than the year of the car in question. Duly noted and corrected. BP
                          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                          Ayn Rand:
                          "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                          G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by studegary View Post
                            Now you are going to have people searching for that elusive 1958 Golden Hawk 400 <G>.
                            That ONE 1958 '400' is now in Holland, according to your September, 2007 Turning Wheels.

                            Craig

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
                              That ONE 1958 '400' is now in Holland, according to your September, 2007 Turning Wheels. Craig
                              Craig is only sorta kidding.

                              Check out Page 30 of the September 2007 Turning Wheels. There, you'll see where Studebaker's Vice President of Exports, R. A. Hutchinson, special-ordered for himself a 1958 Golden Hawk with so many 1957 Golden Hawk 400 features that it might be tongue-in-cheek called a 1958 Golden Hawk 400, although Studebaker did not market such a model. BP
                              We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                              Ayn Rand:
                              "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                              G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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