1956 Studebaker Flight Hawk


1956 Studebaker Flight Hawk Car Photo

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There are those who say the Studebaker Hawk series was the best designs the company ever had for its cars. They tend to be very impressive is modern day car shows. The problem is that it is based on the 1953 Studebaker and the public thought the style, sort of European in nature, had been overplayed and 1956 should have seen a complete revision of what were called Studebaker Hawks.

One has to admire the above Flight Hawk Hardtop car whose pictures were submitted by a viewer of this web site. Only 560 of these cars were built. Just 8 were located in USA, 52 in Canada and the others went all over the world. A lot of them have been sold in France and in Switzerland. It has exactly the same body of a Studebaker Sky Hawk, but has small plastic fins at the rear, and with the engine of a Flight Hawk. The engine is not a V-8 but a six cylinders Champion.

It is a dynamic two-tone color scheme with the Glenbrock green color standing out offset by snowcap white. Note the location of the fog lights and the smaller signal lights atop the fenders. The fog lights are French "Marchal 460 - virage et brouillard." Studebaker sold new in France for 1956 with their specials lights (yellow bulbs), antenna placed on the top of the car, and at the rear of the car are two special small red reflectors.

In its day, this car had a starting price around $1986.





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