The Studebaker Hawk, introduced as a separate model line in 1956, was already becoming a classic by 1963. This “family sports car” was redesigned by Brooks Stevens for the 1962 model year into a pillarless coupe showing a Ford Thunderbird-like roofline. Subsequently the name was changed to “Gran Turismo” Hawk. For 1963 Stevens added the new squared grille, round parking lights, a woodgrain dash trim and pleated-vinyl seats.
The Hawk makeover was one of the best Stevens did in my opinion; it resulted in a well-balanced and up-to-date looking car with distinctive yet sporty features.
On the inside the GT Hawk was neat and complete. It featured “safety-padded” panels, bucket seats, sporty round dials in the curved dashboard and a between-seat console in front. The rear seat accommodated up to three passengers, so it really was a sports car that could fit a family.
Not only does the GT Hawk look good, it is powerful and capable too. This top of the line Super Hawk came equipped with the Jet-Thrust R2 supercharged engine from the Avanti. This 290 hp option pushed the GT Hawk to a straight line speed of over 225 kph! And it corners well too.
At Last…a real sports car that’s a family car, too!
This is one gorgeous Example of a great American Sports Car. This Outstanding Hawk GT Supercharged drives and handles extremely well, very luxurious and Sports Like ride. The exterior is a Dark Blue on a Beautiful black interior. The undercarriage is no exception to detail and is as solid as the rest of the vehicle. This vehicle had a frame off restoration 6 years ago. A great investment for any classic car enthusiast.