Monday, July 3, 2017
San Francisco Street Sighting - 1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk R1
For those of you unfamiliar with Independents' Week, it's a time when I focus on featuring cars built by American automakers not affiliated with the Big Three of Ford, GM or Chrysler. First up this week is a 1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk R1.
1956 Golden Hawk as Studebaker's halo personal luxury-sports car. Hawks came with a V8 engine and featured a surprising level of luxury for a budget brand. The GT Hawk in particular was always a rare vehicle. It was produced only from 1962 to '64 and sales never exceeded 10,000 a year. For 1964 only 1,484 of these cars were sold. The Craigslist ad revealed that this is one of only 169 built with the R1 option, the high-performance 289 V8 from the Avanti sports coupe. The R1 package included a 160 mph speedometer, a tachometer and floor shifted automatic transmission. It's a low mileage, all original car that even wears inspection stickers from 1972 and original Strato Blue paint. I'm not sure what happened to the hood or right front fender since, according to the owner, the car has been garaged its entire life. The interior is in great shape apart from the driver side seat bolster splitting open.
To all my readers, have a safe and happy Fourth of July. See you in a couple days as we continue Independents' Week on California Streets!
Photographed October 2016