Thursday, April 19, 2012

1962 Studebaker Hawk

Despite a tight budget, Brooks Stevens has succeeded in deeply (and tastefully) updating both the Lark and the Hawk. In the case of the latter, modifications include a squarer roofline, the removal of pillars to resurrect a hardtop coupe among the Hawk’s series, the removal of the dated fins, and the addition of chrome rocker panels and trim around the wheel arches. A four-speed manual gearbox with floor shifter is now available as an option. Under this new guise, the GT Hawk aspires at becoming a true personal luxury coupe.

Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk
● Introduction: 1952 for the original full-size Studebaker, 1955 for the Hawk. Construction: body on separate chassis. Engine: water-cooled V-8, 4.2-litre, 180 hp, mounted at the front. Optional engines: V-8, 4.2-litre, 195 hp; V-8, 4.7-litre, 210 hp; and V-8, 4.7-litre, 225 hp. Export: an inline six, 2.8-litre, 112 hp is also available. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a three-speed manual gearbox. Four-speed manual transmission (V-8 only) and three-speed automatic gearbox optional. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Servo optional. Length: 518 cm. Top speed: n/a. Range: two-door hardtop coupe.

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