Junkyard Gem: 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk
Peter the German immigrant Studebaker sold his first American-made car in 1740, and his descendants assembled a wagon-building empire Studebakers powered by horses all over the country. Studebaker started the car business in 1902, with Studebaker Palace built by South Bend, prospered through the Second World War and not long after, then ran into trouble as the Detroit Big Three squeezed smaller manufacturers with each passing year. By 1956, Studebaker fell into crisis, the money problem was not solved by merging with Packard… And those are the five models in it new Hawk series was introduced. Today’s Junkyard Find is an example of Silver Hawk first yearfound in a self-service yard in Denver a few months back.
For 1956, Studebaker suggested The mighty Packard-engined golden hawk and three smaller birds: Sky Hawk, Power Hawk and Flight Hawk. Next year, Golden hawk– now with a supercharged Studebaker V8 – remains and the remaining three have been replaced by a new two-door Silver Hawk.
The caudal fin was very large in 1957 in the US, and the Silver Hawk had very serious ones. Sure, this body isn’t nearly as slippery on Salt Flats as its predecessor, but most car buyers aren’t looking for top speed in the real world. In 1957 the Silver Hawk was available as a beveled coupe or a true hardtop; this is old fashioned.
The cheapest Silver Hawk might have a 185-inch (3.0-liter) inline-six, but most have a V8. Two displacements of Studebaker V8 available in 1957: 259 (4.2 litres) and 289 (4.7 litres), with 289 causing confusion with counter clerks at first Ford 289s came out in 1963. All build tags have been removed from this car and I don’t record any block casting numbers, so it could be displacement (either 224 or 233 was previously given). convert).
These motors have small valves and it is difficult to get real power out of them without forced induction. In 1957, the Silver Hawk’s 259 made 180 hp while the 289 had 225 horses.
The list price of the ’57 Silver Hawk coupe with the 289 V8 engine is $2,263, or about $24,290 in 2022. You can get it a new Mercury Monterey two-door sedan with a V8 for $2,576 that year, though probably $2,695 MGA coupe may have tempted a Silver Hawk shopper.
How did such a rare and beautiful machine come to be in a place like this? Well, those beautiful Silver Hawks are worth it respectable money but not crazy these days, and this is distant nice word.
It lies outdoors for decades, and the elements are not good for the interior and the body.
How long? The yellow newspapers in the trunk date back to the fall of 1986, when I was 5 years old Audi 5000s sold for 5 thousand.
The kids went to hell in 1986, fashion wise, according to the Denver Post.
Housing is cheap, though! However, some luxury neighborhoods in 2022 were quite rudimentary at the time.
You can only create CONELRAD indicator nuclear attack-warning on the factory AM radio.
Studebaker tried to continue until 1966when the final Cars made in Canada rolling in Hamilton, Ontario. The last Studebakers made in the United States were 1964 models, although many different businessmen building Avantis since that time.
Looks like someone with some Studebakers foundry has finally cleared the field or driveway, and the lackluster cars have finally arrived here as part sponsors. Silver Hawk is the most complete, so that’s the one I recorded. we saw Mercury Monterey in 1955 on the far left, back in July.
Craftsmanship makes all the difference in the low-cost sector!