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Studebaker Golden Hawk (1956)


Studebaker Golden Hawk (1956)

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

Top speed:109 mph (174 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):9.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:352 ci (5,768 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:275 bhp (205 kW) @ 4,600 rpm
Max torque:300 lb ft (406 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:3,360 lb (1,527 kg)
Economy:15 mpg (5.31 km/I)
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