Monday, August 1, 2016

Gran Turismo Obscurato: 1963 Studebaker GT Hawk

Sky, Power, Flight, Silver,, those aren't abandoned Captain Planet characters, rather just a sliver of the various Hawks available throughout the 50's and 60's. Realizing that perhaps there was some money to be made on this whole flashiness thing, Studebaker kept the momentum started with the Speedster model and launched the Hawk for the noontime scotch and hat-with-panache crowd. Find this 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk insert link here for sale in Lyons, IL for $4,200 via craigslist.

Available with a myriad of engine choices, all except export models were 289 V8's of different power levels, leather interior, and a trunk that's large enough to fit a month's worth of luggage, the Gran Turismo Hawk was made for uniquely American grand touring. Think less winding country roads with vineyard stops, more running from the law.

The Hawk came equipped with either a 3 speed manual with electronic overdrive, 4-on-the-floor, or Ford FMX yawn-o-matic, rebranded as the Powershift. The ad doesn't specify but given the absence of the overdrive kickout ignition interrupter microswitch on the throttle linkage, I'm betting money on this being a four speed. Don't be fooled by the number; the 289 was truly a Studebaker V8. While they make good power and sound fantastic, the Stude V8 had Soviet levels of heft.

The interior of a GT Hawk is a place for the 1960's gentleman, or perhaps Archer. You'll find ashtrays for every single passenger and the glove box opens to two recessed highball glass holders, for all those things you can't and shouldn't really be doing in cars anymore. The headliner is a sight to behold, with stainless steel rafters holding up the perforated vinyl and the dash basically sits directly under the window frame, full of wood paneling, gilded badges, and Stewart Warner gauges. If you want to blow your  more observant passengers' minds with weird little details, this Hawk is your ride.

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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.


  1. That is a cool frekin' car for $4200!
    Take a week off work and wrench on it all day and I bet one would have a cool cruiser

    1. Buy it before I do Sean.... most of the rust is in the trunk ..although it would be a good idea to have some pictures of the car up on a lift to make sure there isn't more rust lurking underneath. The fact that it is a 4 speed makes it even better! Hmmm:

    2. Nice, upping the annie with the supercharger!
      I did a local search and Stus are selling for much more around these parts.
      Very neat car.

    3. Check the trunk, the outriggers that hold the body on to the frame, the vent holes, and the area around the antenna for filler. This thing is a super bargain if that stuff is solid. I sold mine about 8 years ago for $3,300 and kick myself weekly.

  2. I know I've seen that parking brake somewhere before....


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