During the war, Studebaker produced trucks and radial engines for aircraft. After the war, they rushed back into automobile production, with Raymond Loewy’s famous styling. The most famous Lowey 1953 coupes and hardtops were totally unique to the american scene. The year of 1954 Studebaker merged with Packard.
1956 introduced the new Hawk series. The 1956 Hawks were a natural development from the 1953-55 coupe and hardtop (C & K bodies) models. The relative success of the Speedster convinced Studebaker-Packard that marketing a sporty line to compete with the Corvette and Thunderbird was a wise decision. Although the 1956 Corvette and Thunderbird were two place cars, the new five passenger Hawks were often compared to them, especially the Golden Hawk.
The new Hawk design came under the direction of Robert Bourke. It was Bobs last design effort for Studebaker. He developed the bold grille, the hood scoop and expanded the Speedster style instrument panel to include a metal turned facing across the full width of the dash panel.
1956 Studebaker Sky hawk. One of 3,600 ever built. This example is finished in a two tone black and cream exterior with a cream and white interior. The engine is a 289 ci V-8 with a column shift automatic transmission. This model came equipped with Pwr. Steering, Pwr. brakes, Dual Exhaust and White Wall Tires. A timeless classic with a great investment value. A real enthusiasts car.