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  • 1957 Silver Hawk: What color was the carpet?

    A fellow member of the Greater Virginia Chapter has been restoring a '57 Silver Hawk for the past several years. It is now painted (original black) and he is ready to have the interior done. He isn't interested in waiting a long time for the Studebaker specialists to get to it, so he is going with a local upholstery shop, with the intent to keep it as original as possible. The interior is red and white. The question is: What is the correct color for the carpets, red or black?

    -Dwight FitzSimons, Editor, Greater Virginia Chapter

  • #2
    I guess what ever Color looks good to him, it won't make any difference since the lower (only) trim level '56 and '57 Hawk Coupes had Rubber Mats.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      I think a red and black short loop tweed carpet would look good.
      I like stock, but don't like the idea that the rubber can trap moisture.

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      • #4
        Say, there's an idea I like! Carpets made of the salt-and-pepper, red-and-black carpet material used in '63 Avantis would look great with the black exterior and red/white interior. I don't know if Lin wants to put that much money into it, though. He's going to have a local uph. shop make the carpets along with re-doing the rest of the interior.

        StudeRich, did the '57 Silver Hawk come with carpets front and rear with the upper trim level?
        -Dwight

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        • #5
          No, that is why I said "ONLY" Trim Level, there was only the ONE lowly level until the 1959 Silver Hawk!
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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          • #6
            Thanks, I'll pass that info on to Lin, the owner. In a sense black carpets would better represent the original (black) rubber mats.
            -Dwight

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