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1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Coupe - Factory Supercharged - 1 of 4 - One Owner

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This one-owner, original California "Black Plate" car was completely rotisserie-restored over two years and it is one of just four built with factory Hiree-speed/overdrive and Midnight Black paint. Ordered for racing with six delete options and retaining the original 289 high-performance solid-lifter motor with McCuHoch supercharger and Twin-Traction rear end, this extremely rare example is accompanied by a factory build sheet. It has travelled just 59,000 original miles from new, with only a few since completion

Serial #6103090

  • Original 289 high-performance solfcl-IHter motor

  • Original VS 57 Variable Speed McCuHoch Supercharger

  • Original Twin-Traction rear end

  • 4,356 Total Production

  • 44 Built with Factory 3-speed/Overdrive

  • 4 built with Midnight Black Paint and Factory 3-speed Overdrive

  • Factory Build Sheet

  • California "Black Plate" Car

  • One Owner, 59,000 Original Miles

  • Ordered for racing:

  • Total accessory and option delete

  • Radk) Delete

  • Clock Delete

  • ' Heater Delete

  • Power steering Delete

  • Power Brake Delete

  • Seat Belt Delete

  • Only accessory ordered was AC2858-Backup Lights

  • 2-year M\e restoration, 5 miles since completion

Encouraged by the fast-growing popularity of stock car racing with the formation of NASCAR in 1949, virtually every American auto manufacturer joined the fray during the first all-out horsepower race of the 1950s. Even feisty independent Studebaker participated with a factory-backed effort including top drivers and went on to achieve a string of high-profile victories. With the lessons learned on the track, Studebaker’s products improved, and showroom sales directly benefited, conclusively proving the truth of the old adage “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.”

While racing took a back seat for a time following its ill-fated merger with Packard in October 1954, Studebaker continued to refine its cars with an upscale, performance-oriented flavor. Styling was tweaked for 1956 with a raised trunk lid and square, egg-crate grille influenced by that of the contemporary Mercedes-Benz 300. The top-performing Studebaker was the new two-door Golden Hawk hardtop, powered by Packard’s 275-horsepower 352 V-8. For 1957, styling was mildly updated with the concave tailfins now made of steel. The 352 V-8 was replaced by Studebaker’s 289 V-8, also developing 275 horsepower with the addition of a McCulloch variable-speed centrifugal supercharger. Handling was improved vastly with the 289 weighing about 100 pounds less than the prior year’s 352. Both automatic and three-speed manual transmissions were available.

Depending on the factory options selected, buyers could create a Golden Hawk for luxury or one easily capable of running with the fastest cars available for 1957. Out of 4,356 Golden Hawks (including the 400 sub-model) built for 1957, just 44 of them were equipped with the three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, and only four manual-transmission cars were finished in Midnight Black when new. This example is one of them. In addition to the aforementioned manual transmission, this Stellar Golden Hawk was factory-equipped with the 289 high-performance solid-lifter engine, VS 57 variable-speed McCulloch supercharger, and Twin-Traction limited-slip rear end. It was ordered for racing with six delete options specified as well, eliminating the clock, heater, power brakes and steering, radio, and seat belts. The only accessory item ordered was a pair of AC 2858 backup-warning lights.

A one-owner, original California “Black Plate” car with just 59,000 original miles over the past 56 years, the Golden Hawk is simply exceptional in presentation today. It clearly benefits from a top-quality and very well sorted restoration using a rotisserie that was executed over a two-year period to impeccable standards. Just five miles were covered ever since. While built to perform, the Golden Hawk was obviously a premium-level automobile and it is beautiful with its tasteful brightwork, stylish interior, gold outer tail fins, full wheel covers, whitewall tires, and dual chrome exhaust tips. In addition to correct and complete emblems and accessories, the engine and underhood area stands as an example for all other restorations to follow with exceptional levels of detailing and quality, as does the fully finished, complete, and highly detailed trunk compartment. Accompanied by the factory-original build sheet, this extremely rare and beautifully restored Studebaker Golden Hawk is a true investment-quality 1950s American classic with undeniable presence and panache matching its supercharged performance