The Golden Hawk, like its Studebaker sister models the Sky Hawk and Flight Hawk, was based on the original 1953 Starlight body, and so retained its single-piece rear window as opposed to the '52 model's four-piece panoramic item. The '56 Golden Hawk could be identified by its small upright glass-fibre fins on the top of the rear fenders and, being a top model, it shared the glitzy President Classic's wide grooved horizontal aluminium trim mouldings above the rocker panels. It was the most powerful of all Studebakers this year by some margin, so featured power brakes and 7-inch (178mm) wide tyres to make full use of the V8's torque. The car came as a two-door hardtop coupe only to emphasis its sporting nature, but came only with the Twin Drive automatic gearbox from Packard, who'd been in control since '53. In 1957 the Golden Hawk was supercharged and made over 300bhp (223kW).
Studebaker Golden Hawk (1956) Specifications
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