We can only imagine how impressed a couple would feel being driven from their wedding in this beautiful 1956 Studebaker
Flight Hawk. Talk about unique in this day and age. The Hawk car designs are what most people remember and admire about Studebaker and
in 1956 you had the choice of four: Flight Hawk, Sky Hawk, Power Hawk, and the Golden Hawk. The buyers had many options
regardless of the model.
The cars were easily identified with the name Studebaker but at this time, it was really Studebaker-Packard who
operated the business. Packard had purchased the Studebaker operations in 1954 believing that union with Studebaker coupled
with a union of Nash and Hudson could eventually lead to the merger of all four brands which would make it the 4th largest
auto builder in North America. The Studebaker-Packard company wanted to combine the two brands under one body shell but had
not had time. In the bankers' eyes, the company had two factories, two management operations, and too much duplication so
borrowing money was not easy.
The Packard division was losing money and the company decided to close their operations. It continued until 1958 but
the last Packard car was actually built in 1956. Studebakers would continue to be manufactured for a few more years.