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Studebaker-Packard Hawk series

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The Studebaker-Packard Hawk series were cars produced by the merged Studebaker-Packard corporation between 1956 and 1964. All but one Packard were badged Studebaker. Described by the company as "family sports cars", they were all two-door, four to six seat coupes with the original aerodynamic styling by famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy's studio, much of the work being done by chief stylist Robert E. Bourke. Subsequent modifications were the work of other stylists, Studebaker's finances no longer affording the services of Loewy Studios after that point.

Timeline of the Hawk models
Model195619571958195919601961196219631964
Flight HawkX        
Power HawkX        
Sky HawkX        
Golden HawkXXX      
Silver Hawk XXX     
Packard Hawk  X      
Hawk    XX   
Gran Turismo Hawk      XXX

1956 saw a four-model Hawk range launched, of which the lower three shared engines with Studebaker's three model levels; the Flight Hawk had the Champion's economical straight-6; the Power Hawk used Studebaker's small-block 259 in³ (4.7 L) V8 from the Commander; the Sky Hawk shared the larger 289 in³ V8 and luxury trim with the Studebaker President. The Studebaker Golden Hawk, however, stood alone at the top of the range, fitted with Packard's powerful big-block 352 cubic inch (5.8 L) V8. The Golden Hawk especially was a very high performance car for the time, with the second highest power-to-weight ratio of any American production car sold that year.

In 1957, the Packard factory was closed, although Studebaker-built Packards were still sold. Packard's V8 was now unavailable, so the Golden Hawk was fitted with Studebaker's largest 289 in³ V8, turbocharged to produce the same power output. The range was simplified; the Sky Hawk was discontinued as too close to the Golden Hawk, while the two lowest models were replaced with a single Silver Hawk model, available with either the straight-6 or 259 cubic inch (4.2 L) V8. 1958 saw a restyled and rebadged Golden Hawk sold as the Packard Hawk.

Drastic measures to save Studebaker from ruin in 1959 saw the Golden Hawk, all Packards, and the rest of Studebaker's car range gone; the Silver Hawk was the only holdover left alongside the new Studebaker Lark range. It was a make-or-break year, but Studebaker's big gamble paid off; the small Lark was the car the market wanted. The Silver Hawk served as a useful showroom draw, and it was continued; since it was the only Hawk model left, it was renamed simply the Studebaker Hawk and continued under that name through the end of 1961.

For the 1962 model year, a restyled Hawk was launched, the Gran Turismo Hawk. Its styling was well received, but sales were not so good, and production was ended with the rest of Studebaker's US production in 1964.


Studebaker-Packard Hawk series
Studebaker:Golden Hawk - Sky Hawk - Power Hawk - Flight Hawk - Silver Hawk - Hawk - GT Hawk
Packard:Hawk
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