Tuesday, March 6, 2012

1964 Studebaker GT Hawk

I wrote about one of these back in June, 2010. You can find the post here.

As I mentioned in that post, this car has a European look to it. The grille was borrowed from Mercedes-Benz, whose cars were being distributed in North America by Studebaker at the time. From certain angles it looks like a distant relative of a Facel-Vega. All-in-all the GT Hawk was a very cool, modern looking car built on an ancient platform.

We've all seen ads that say, "This car belongs in a museum!" This car actually was in a museum (1989 - 2000). It is one of 1,772 built in 1964. The GT Hawk was discontinued when Studebaker closed its South Bend Indiana plant. All subsequent Studebakers were built in Canada.

The two owners since its museum days have maintained it very well. It has 129,000 miles on it, but had its engine rebuilt at 95,000 miles. It has had its air conditioning system rebuilt and a recent brake overhaul.

As I mentioned in the earlier post, it was a series of poor management decisions in the 1950s that led to Studebaker's ultimate demise in 1966. It was once a prosperous forward thinking company. This car shows that even without any development money, Studebaker was still able to build classy looking cars right up until the end. (Imagine what they could have done if they had some cash!)

Located in Atlanta, GA, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to Elizabeth for sending me the link to this car!

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