The stance and styling of the Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk had strong European influence even though it was created by great American designers, based on the original 1953 Starlight Coupe styled by Raymond Loewy, which led to the Golden Hawk of 1956 and a 1962 update by the legendary Brooks Stevens.
But still, look no further than the distinctive grille on its nose to see the effect of its marketing partnership with Mercedes-Benz. Stevens’ codename for the sporty GT was Hawk Monaco.
The Pick of the Day is a 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk powered by a 289cid engine and 4-speed manual transmission, and looking particularly sweet on a set of American Racing Torq Thrust D alloy wheels and redline tires.
Built from 1962-64, the GT Hawk was the result of an updating by Stevens to reflect styling trends of the day even as it continued to set itself apart from the pack with a totally unique look. The coupe was sleek and compact, and it presaged the era of Mustangs, Camaros and personal luxury cars.
Being ahead of your time is not always such a good thing in the automotive arena, and the GT Hawk was an outlier, both then and now. But no one could dispute the elegance of its design or its grand touring intentions.
This GT Hawk is equipped with dual exhaust, power steering, an upgraded aluminum radiator and air conditioning that works, according to the Clearwater, Florida, dealer advertising the Studebaker on ClassicCars.com.
Finished in Pearl White, “this sporty Studebaker always gets attention wherever you go!” the dealer touts.
Details about the car’s history are sparse in the ad, although the car is visually stunning and in very clean condition, inside, outside and under the hood. The odometer shows more than 81,000 miles, and it’s fairly obvious that the car has been at least cosmetically restored. The bucket-seat interior looks sharp.
While the dealer does not mention the engine specs, it appears to be the 225-horsepower 4-barrel-carb version of the Studebaker V8. The 4-speed is a major plus for driving fun and performance.
The asking price for this gleaming example of innovative design is $28,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day