The Studebaker Golden Hawk was the original performance car for the South Bend, Indiana, automaker, the most muscular version of the regular hardtop that was developed from the sleek 1953 Starliner coupe created by the great industrial designer Raymond Loewy.
This Pick of the Day is a terrific-looking 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk powered by Studebaker’s then-new 289 V8 (not to be confused with Ford’s later 289) enhanced with a Jet Stream McCullough supercharger that made the engine good for 275 horsepower, which was highly competitive in its day.
“The Golden Hawk set a new standard for automakers including Chevrolet’s Corvette and Chrysler’s NASCAR-inspired 300 Series,” the St. Louis, Missouri, classic car dealer says in the listing on ClassicCars.com.
The stock appearance of the Golden Hawk, including original paint color, trim and hubcaps, makes this sporty Studebaker very appealing, even if purists shudder at the adulteration of Loewy’s clean landmark design. The elaborate tailfins, which are made of fiberglass, look pretty cool in retrospect as today’s collectors and hobbyists better appreciate the styling excesses of the late 1950s.
This is a low-mileage car with just over 50,000 miles showing on its odometer, the seller says, with a body that is “exceptionally straight, with no signs of accident history above or below.”
Among the extensive collection of pictures are some that show a very clean undercarriage and engine compartment.
“The car is finished in Tiara Gold Metallic and Arctic White two-tone exterior with matching gold-and-white two-tone interior vinyl upholstery,” the seller says. “Under the hood is the original Sweepstakes 289ci V8 (stamped PS3366 – 1957 Golden Hawk supercharged) and date-coded McCulloch supercharger (stamped VS575101406) mated to a three-speed automatic transmission and transferring power to the ground via a 4.27:1 Twin-Traction rear end.”
The car was cosmetically restored a while back, the listing says, but still looks fresh with some patina.
“The paint and chrome were likely done some time ago but still appear as very good,” according to the seller. “Similarly, the interior is also in great shape, with no rips or tears in the beautiful white-and-gold vinyl, which we believe to have also been done with the paint.”
The dealer is asking $49,500, which is a pretty strong number for anything less than a pristine example, according to the price guides, though this one certainly should light up the interest of any Studebaker enthusiast.