The Pick of the Day is a classic that would seem to be an ideal vehicle for a newcomer to the collector car hobby. It is priced at less than $25,000, reportedly is ready to be driven, is a vehicle styled by one of the most famous of American industrial designers, and would qualify its new owner to join an active national car club.
“The 1962 Studebaker Hawk GT must be counted as one of the greatest under-the-gun automotive styling achievements of all time,” the advertisement notes. “By 1962, Studebaker’s corporate meltdown was reaching critical mass. In the midst of much uncertainty, Brooks Stevens Design was handed the unenviable task of restyling the Hawk on a shoestring budget. He created such an elegant design, as the 1962 Gran Turismo Hawk was nothing short of miraculous.
“The ’62 Studebaker Hawks had their wings clipped in back, a rounded rectangular rear fender line replaced the former canted fins. A sharp Thunderbird-style roof replaced Raymond Loewy’s softly curved roofline. Side brightwork gave way to understated ribbed rocker-panel guards and side trim running the length of the beltline atop the fenders.”
The Hawk GT on offer is black with lots of aluminum trim inside and out. The car is just as spectacular looking inside with its red vinyl seating surfaces.
The car is powered by a 289cid V8 (with golden yellow valve covers and orange oil filler cap) linked to a 3-speed Flight-O-Matic transmission. Power drum brakes stop the car, which has independent coil-spring suspension up front and leaf springs at the rear. It wears Studebaker’s “TT” badge, indicating “Twin Traction,” the automaker’s name for posi-traction.
The dealer notes that the muffler needs to be replaced — “it has a sizable hole in it (a photo is included in the ad). All else is really good!” — but the seller also reports that it has given the car a test drive.
“A quick starter for this classic, smooth idling, and with a flip of the column automatic shifter we were off to the test track. Here it accelerated from a standstill respectfully and got up to speed quickly with no complaints. Handling was good, and brakes were nice and quick to react. A good cruiser and head turner for sure. Noted is the horn and heater blower are inoperable.”
Replace this car’s muffler and you might even consider a post-pandemic road trip including a drive to South Bend, Indiana, to visit the National Studebaker Museum.