Saturday, April 12, 2014
San Francisco Street Sighting - 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk
'57 Golden Hawk, '58 Packard Hawk and Fifties Guy's own '53 Studebaker Commander as well as a '54 Commander from over in Fisherman's Wharf. All are fundamentally the same car, with the Hawks receiving a more formal squared-off hood and trunk with a big eggcrate grille and fiberglass tail fins. (The one-year-only Packard variant got a fake spare tire hump and a catfish-mouth fiberglass nose.) Four different Hawk models were available for 1956: the Flight Hawk, Power Hawk, Sky Hawk and range-topping Golden Hawk. The '56 Golden Hawk was powered by a 352 cubic inch Packard V8 producing 275 horsepower -- kind of a big deal in those days. The end result was a relatively light, sloppy-handling but very fast proto-muscle car.