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November 1, 1955 – Studebaker Hawk line is introduced

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Studebaker introduced the Hawk on this day in 1955 for the 1956 model year. Described as a “family sports car,” the line included the Golden Hawk, Sky Hawk, Power Hawk, and Flight Hawk, the lowest priced model. The Hawk cars, which succeeded the Studebaker Speedster, were all two door, four seat hardtops. In 1957 the line up consisted of only the Golden Hawk and the new Silver Hawk. The following year Packard released a one year only Hawk of its own.

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Above: 1956 Studebaker Hawk. By KarleHorn at German Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0. Top: 1961 Studebaker Hawk. By Liz West CC BY 2.0,

In the late 1950s, Studebaker, along with many automakers, suffered from declining sales. This hardship resulted in the drop of the Golden Hawk for 1959, leaving only the Silver Hawk. In 1960 the name was reduced to just Hawk, and it would remain that way until 1962 when the Gran Turismo Hawk debuted. The GT Hawk would be the end the line for the cars, with the last one leaving the assembly line in 1964.

1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk
1963 Gran Turismo Hawk. By JOHN LLOYD CC BY 2.0

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