1956 Studebaker Golden Hawks


Two Rose and White 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawks Car Picture

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The European look would stay with Studebaker for a few more years but Studebaker-Packard would adjust it primarily by raising the hood and giving the trunk a bigger more squarish appearance. The larger engine compartment meant the 352 cubic inch Packard V8 Packard engine could be used in this Studebaker car. Technically, the engine used on a lighter body made the car front heavy and perhaps harder to control at times but that was never a worry to most drivers.

The wheel base for the Golden Hawk was set at 120.5 inches with an overall length of 203.9 inches. The Packard engine yielded 275 horsepower at 4600 rpm with hydraulic valve lifters and a four barrel carb. The car weighed in at 3360 pounds.

Some felt the car was a forerunner to the later "muscle cars" of the 60's and 70's. It could do 0-60 in a reported 7.8 seconds.





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