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    I just bought 1956 Hawk, how can I find out the history of the car?
    It is a Flight or Power Hawk, I think.

    Thanks for your info

  • #2
    Welcome to the Forum!

    The body plate on the firewall (under hood passenger side) will identify your precise model and trim level. Post it here and you'll find out quick.

    With the Serial Number you can obtain a copy of the original Production Order from the Studebaker National Museum.
    http://www.studebakermuseum.org/cart...ory.asp?cid=55

    As to the history?

    Personal research.

    I do hope you have, or will be joining the SDC.
    https://secure.cornerstonereg.com/sdc/newmember.asp

    More resources here than you can shake a stick at, and an outstanding monthly magazine TURNING WHEELS, with links to parts, tech and history.

    Whereabouts are you located? Your Forum profile doesn't even list a state![V]
    Local SDC Chapter members are eager to assist.



    Brad Johnson
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
    "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

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    • #3
      I joined yesterday, I'm at nashville tn

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      • #4
        Here's a link to your local Chapters.

        http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/lc_TN.asp

        Post the numbers from your body plate and, as often mentioned in the past, WE LOVE PICTURES!

        Brad Johnson
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
        "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

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        • #5
          the plate is 56B-C3 1297

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by pbfinc

            the plate is 56B-C3 1297
            The 56B identifies the car as a 1956 Commander series. The C makes it a Hawk coupe. Therefore, the car is a 1956 Power Hawk coupe. The 3 is the trim level.
            There were 7095 of these built.

            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer
            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by pbfinc

              the plate is 56B-C3 1297
              It is a 1956 Power Hawk, it should have a Commander 259 V-8 Engine, a Flight Hawk would be a 6 Cyl. a 56G-C3

              You have the 1297th Power Hawk BODY, [u]not car</u>, built in '56 at the South Bend, IN Plant.

              If it has survived the years well, this is a GREAT model! Congrats! [^]

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

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              • #8
                56B according to the parts book I have is a Commander series car, V8 powered 259 cubic inch coupe which should make it a Power Hawk. The C3 indicates a deluxe interior verses the fancier regal interior which would be a C5. I found this site also that should give you more information http://www.1956goldenhawk.com/diffhawk.htm

                60 Lark convertible
                61 Champ
                62 Daytona convertible
                63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
                63 Avanti (2)
                66 Daytona Sport Sedan
                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

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                • #9
                  Thanks to all of you for the info. It had a 350 chevy engine and a 9" rear end, I'm trying to track the history of the car. It was registered in NC in 2001. I will also try to put pictue on here. My Uncle had a Studebaker Dealership in Burkesville, Ky back in the 50's and i always liked this cars.

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                  • #10
                    Tell us more about your uncle too. We love to hear how long he sold Studes, his dealership name, ect.. & any stories you can relate. Is he still around? You can put his dealership name and search for any mention of his place with the search function at the top of the heading here.

                    60 Lark convertible
                    61 Champ
                    62 Daytona convertible
                    63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
                    63 Avanti (2)
                    66 Daytona Sport Sedan
                    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

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                    • #11
                      quote:Originally posted by Warren Webb

                      The C3 indicates a deluxe interior verses the fancier regal interior which would be a C5.
                      Warren buddy, you might want to make a mental note that there were NO '56, 57 or '58 Flight/Power or Silver Hawk "C" Coupes built in C5 Regal trim! [:0]

                      Only '53 to '55 Coupes (C5) and '59-'61 Hawks (C6) came in the Regal, upper level of trim, and the latter had no choice like the early "C" coupes did.

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

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                      • #12
                        The Dealership was Stalcup Studebaker in Burkesville, Ky he bought it in 1951 moved it to Waterview, Ky, changed the name to Bryant-Fudge Studebaker, stay open for only for 4-5years. I will have some pictures coming soon.
                        quote:Originally posted by Warren Webb

                        Tell us more about your uncle too. We love to hear how long he sold Studes, his dealership name, ect.. & any stories you can relate. Is he still around? You can put his dealership name and search for any mention of his place with the search function at the top of the heading here.

                        60 Lark convertible
                        61 Champ
                        62 Daytona convertible
                        63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
                        63 Avanti (2)
                        66 Daytona Sport Sedan

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                        • #13
                          Is it safe to assume that the bf in your "pbfinc" is for Bryant and Fudge?

                          Gary L.
                          Wappinger, NY

                          SDC member since 1968
                          Studebaker enthusiast much longer
                          Gary L.
                          Wappinger, NY

                          SDC member since 1968
                          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                          • #14
                            no, thats another company
                            quote:Originally posted by studegary

                            Is it safe to assume that the bf in your "pbfinc" is for Bryant and Fudge?

                            Gary L.
                            Wappinger, NY

                            SDC member since 1968
                            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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