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Ever want a GT Hawk C Body Coupe?

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  • Ever want a GT Hawk C Body Coupe?

    Here is an interesting Car, it's a '53, '59, 62,'63 GT Hawk "C" Body Coupe!

    If this is what you always wanted but Studebaker never built it, here you go!

    I know nothing about it except what we see in this eBay Ad, but I like it!

    All I would change is to add the missing Cowl Belt Line Mouldings.
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

  • #2
    I remember seeing one done kinda like this one some years ago (a black one) but really has nothing in common with a GT,except a couple front end peices.
    Joseph R. Zeiger


    • #3
      Originally posted by 63t-cab View Post
      I remember seeing one done kinda like this one some years ago (a black one) but really has nothing in common with a GT,except a couple front end peices.
      True, but that '63 Grille, '59 Fenders, Doors, Hood and Side Grilles, Dash; and '62 GT Power Train give it a definate "Hawk Look" at least from the front which is the main place you look to ID a Car.

      But you are right, a '53 is a '53 is a '53, especially unless it has a '62 frame.
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner


      • #4
        I miss the sculpt on the doors. I would also question use of the '53 tail light lenses. '54 and later offer more safety. All in all, I would be real inclined to park it in my garage.
        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        '33 Rockne 10,
        '51 Commander Starlight,
        '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
        '56 Sky Hawk


        • #5

          That is a really sharp car, I especially like the 4 on the floor.

          When I first saw it listed, I noticed then (and he still claims it now), that the doors are off a `63 Hawk. I wonder if the skins are off a `63 because the `63 had a frameless window, not the full frame his has. If he really wanted to re-create Bob Bourke's original scheme, he would have needed to go with reshaping the entire door.

          If I recall correctly from an interview with Mr. Bourke, the idea was for an even longer door that would have its window reach all the way back to occupy the space that the rear wing window occupies. The bottom of the door would have ended where does now, but instead of rising straight up would have angled back to align with the back line of the wing window Engineering and Accounting squashed it due to cost of reinforcing the structure and hinges for the long door, also ingress and egress if the car is too close to another in a parking lot.




          • #6
            I don't think this is the car's first "go-round" on eBay or as a discussion on this forum. Also, I think this car has survived in this region for quite some time and keeps reappearing. I don't know what shape it is in mechanically, but in is eye pleasing.
            John Clary
            Greer, SC

            SDC member since 1975


            • #7
              "I got one piece at a time, and it didn't cost me a dime..."
              62 GT


              • #8
                you are correct, Mr. C !

                i recall seeing the ad several times in the past few months. in the last ad it did not meet its reserve at $8,800 earlier this month.

                i kinda like it, but wouldn't do a "one piece at a time" vehicle quite the same.

                i know nothing about her or the owner's skills. perhaps some of the central and western NC members can shed more light...
                Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

                '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

                '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.


                • #9
                  I never read the ad copy the other times it's been on ebay. "no cutting or welding" but it says the doors are GT Hawk. Not-they're 57 or later c-body.[Just nit pickin']. Nice car,maybe,but really just a 53 with some mis-matched parts.


                  • #10
                    Very nice car, all around, but as previously mentioned, it's been through eBay already and been thoroughly discussed here. Most of the previous comment has been favorable. I'd drive it and enjoy it.
                    jack vines


                    • #11
                      Johnny Cash worked for Studebaker? Does it have a Cadillac engine in it?
                      In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.


                      • #12
                        I like the "improvements", all except the front sheet metal, front bumper, doors, rear bumper and dash.


                        • #13
                          Nice looking car using all Studebaker components but if I was interested in buying it I would question why the brake pedal is so low in relation to the clutch pedal.
                          59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
                          60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
                          61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
                          62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
                          62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
                          62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
                          63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
                          63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
                          64 Zip Van
                          66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
                          66 Cruiser V-8 auto


                          • #14
                            On ebay a month ago.....


                            • #15
                              Well, this is one way to deal with rust, just remove old parts and bolt on whatever fits.