The Studebaker Golden Hawk was the top version of the Hawk series. Designed by Raymond Loewy and based on the earlier Champion and Commander models. The Golden Hawk received the powerful 352ci. Packard engine, producing 275 bhp, and it was one of the fastest American cars on the market in 1956. Many people consider the Golden Hawk as a precursor for the muscle cars, as it combined a big engine in a relatively light sportscoupé body. Two-tone paintwork and upholstery were available, and an automatic transmission and power steering were optional equipment as well. The example we are offering for sale is just back from its first Mille Miglia participation. It was one of the eyecatchers on the starting grid, as it is a huge impressive car with a nice V8 growl. The original colour combination of Tangerine and white (both in- and outside) doesn't make it a shrinking violet either... The car performed the 1000 miles faultlessly, and while many competitors were stranded on the hard shoulder, the big Studebaker continued its way to Brescia in utter comfort. The car was completely restored by an American Studebaker specialist, and was especially bought to participate in the Mille Miglia. It
In the early 1960s, Studebaker, at more than 100 years old was the longest surviving nameplate in the automotive industry. The Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company had been formed in 1852 as a wagon and coach builder, gaining a reputation for affordable, reliable products. They went on to become one of the precious few American coach makers to successfully transition to automobile production at the turn of the century. An early partnership with E-M-F had Studebaker selling E-M-F automobiles in their dealer network. But quality issues led to Studebaker taking over that firm’s automobile line and the rest, as they say, is history. Through the years, Studebaker remained staunchly independent in the face of competition from GM, Ford and Chrysler. They produced many a great car, and particularly in the post-war era, were not afraid to take some daring stylistic risks. Yet as the 1940s rolled into the 1950s, Studebaker began to struggle financially and their product line became more and more staid and dated and they lacked the funding to fully develop new products at the same pace as GM and Ford. In the early 60s, new company president Sherwood Egbert saw the runaway success of the Ford Thunderbird and Chevrolet Corvette and realized he needed a “personal car” of his own; a sporty Grand Touring coupe with four full seats and healthy performance. Just 37 days into his tenure as the top man at Studebaker, Egbert sketched out a concept whilst on a flight from Chicago, handed it to his team and demanded quick action. Given just 40 days to work up a design, chief stylist on the project Raymond Loewy and his team (comprised of Tom Kellogg, Bob Andrews, and John Ebstein) worked 16 hours a day from a rented Palm Springs ranch home, and penned a sleek and ultra-modern body to sit atop a somewhat antiquated Lark Daytona platform, reworked by engineer Eugene Hardig to resemble a sporting car. Given the complexity and subtlety of the Avanti’s curves, fiberglass was chosen as the most cost effective material to build the bodywork. Early production woes with the body supplier meant delays and buyers grew impatient. Although production of the Avanti lasted only two years, with fewer than 5,000 examples built, it has rightly earned its place as a stylistic icon; one of the greatest designs of the era, and a significant piece of both Studebaker and American automotive history. This handsome 1963 Avanti R2 (63R-1049) comes to us via the collection of a noted Avanti enthusiast and it has been restored to a very high standard. It is presented in original specification, restored to the build sheet with an original, numbers-matching supercharged 289 cubic inch V8 and four-speed manual gearbox. Very few Avantis are restored to such a level, making this one of the best of the breed and one of the finest we’ve had the pleasure to offer. It is exceptionally well-documented with a full complement of original paperwork that includes, rather remarkably, the original factory assembly notes and quality-control check lists and build sheets. The car was found in the 1990s in need of restoration by noted champion of the Avanti, Jim Bunting. Mr. Bunting had 1049 restored to exacting standards by Jim Sinclair of Pennsylvania, a respected expert craftsman. The car then passed to a fellow enthusiast who carefully maintained the car, using it sparingly. In 2016 it was freshened by Grand Prix Concours using NOS trim and assorted parts, bringing the car to a factory-fresh standard. The fiberglass body is finished in Avanti White (63S91) as original with deep gloss and fine detailing. Panels are straight, with crisp definition and very consistent gaps. Chrome trim is notably sparse on an Avanti, but the bumpers, headlamp trims and window trims are excellent and properly fitted. It rides on correct original wheels with proper Avanti wheel covers and whitewall tires. The interior is trimmed in wonderfully lurid orange upholstery with black and orange carpets and a fawn dash as per original, making a dramatic statement against the white body. As with the exterior, the interior is fully detailed to original specification and exceptionally well-presented. Seat upholstery, two-tone orange/white door cards and black/orange loop carpets are in the correct original patterns and materials and the quality of the fitment and restoration work is outstanding. The four-speed shift lever in the console defines this as the most sporting and desirable Avanti, and the dash retains the original comprehensive array of instruments, the original radio and switchgear. The engine bay is dominated by the big R2-specification Paxton supercharger and chrome air cleaner assembly. The addition of the supercharger to the Avanti was convenient for Studebaker, as the company had recently acquired Paxton, and with them, boss Andy Granatelli, who applied his wealth of experience in forced induction to the 289 cubic inch Hawk engine. Again, the detailing on this example is factory correct and beautifully executed. The engine is finished in correct colors, and topped with original chrome valve covers. Ancillaries such as the alternator, brake booster and radiator are presented in correct colors and finishes. The engine shows little use since the restoration was completed and is exceptionally clean and tidy. Disc brakes and a well-sorted chassis make for very respectable handling, and with 290 horsepower and 360 ft lbs of torque, this four-speed Avanti is certainly no slouch. It is a fabulous car to drive, even in modern traffic. Studebaker was on the back foot when they introduced the Avanti, and in many ways their fate had already been sealed. In spite of its compromises as a last-ditch effort to save the struggling independent manufacturer, the Avanti was no less a brilliant piece of design and a worthy competitor in the burgeoning Personal Car marketplace. Raymond Loewy’s masterful team designed a car that is truly timeless, and thanks to this car’s remarkable restoration and highly desirable specification, it is a true collectible worthy of virtually any collection.
Lowered price from €59.950 -> €45.000 Studebaker's star was going down when designer Raymond Loewy introduced the sensational Avanti. The Avanti was something else both in design as in construction.The lines of the car stood out because of its square shape. The body was completely constructed from fiberglass and the passengers were protected by an iron in case of a roll. Customers had the choice of two variants of the Studebaker V8 engine, the normally aspirated R1 and the R2 fitted with a Paxton Supercharger. The Avanti was the first American car to feature disc brakes all round. The success of the Avanti could not prevent Studebaker from going down and production ceased in 1965. The Avanti however did not go down with Studebaker as production was picked up by enthusiasts and a variant is still in production. Specifications Bodywork. Length/width/height/wheelbase – cm (in) : 488/178/137/276 (192.4/70.4/54/109); weight : 1428 kg (3148 lb). Engine. V8 4940 (301,5ci), 16 valves, 1 x 4 carb, manual 4-speed gearbox, rear-wheel drive. Maximum power : 360 bhp 4500 rpm. Top speed : 275 km/h (171 mph). >>>>> Oldtimerfarm is going to renovate! Due to renovations we are currently publishing
The Studebaker Champion is a mid-size which was produced (3 generations) in South Bend, Indiana, from the beginning of the 1939 model year until 1958. Third generation. In 1947, Studebaker completely redesigned the Champion and the Commander, making them the first new cars after WW II. The styling included new rear window, flat front fenders, as well as convenience features like back light illumination for gauges and automatic courtesy lights. The Champion made up 65.08% of the total sales for the automaker in 1947. The 169.9 cu in (2.8 L) I6 engine produced 80 hp (60 kW; 81 PS) in 1947. In 1950, output was increased to 85 hp (63 kW; 86 PS). Also, new styling (new grill, sheet metal, and rear end) was introduced, as well as an automatic transmission. One of the new styling features on the cars was the wraparound, "greenhouse" rear window that was on 2-door cars from 1947–1951, at first just an option, in 1950 it was given its own trim line, the Starlight coupe. The "spinner grill" was introduced in 1950, similar to that of a Ford DeLuxe, but was dropped again for the 1952 model year. Specifications >>>>> Oldtimerfarm is going to renovate! Due to renovations we are currently publish
This is an incredibly rare, right drive Studebaker Champion that has spent most of its life in South Africa, coming to the UK for the first time in 1989. The model is a very interesting design by Raymond Loewy who was famous for designing the original Coca Cola bottle. The car is styled with sculptured steel, was very innovative and dynamic for its day and featured flat floor entry (accommodate hat wearers), ladies peddles (easy to use with heels) and ultra light steering. Further interesting features included hill holding brakes, easy shift gears and rare flight style instruments with futuristic coloured display speedometer. We are told this is the only example known in Europe and is an ideal collector’s piece that can also be driven and used regularly with confidence. This very well presented car retains most of its original interior. We believe just the front seat base has ever been replaced and therefore shows the Studebaker has never led a hard life. The dashboard is fabulous, the upholstery has aged very well and the car is spacious and very comfortable. It is clear from the strong structure the car has been dry for most of its life. The underside is rock solid, the bodywork
259 ci 185 hp V-8, automatic transmission, power steering, power front disc brakes. This extremely solid Southwestern car has undergone a recent body off restoration with great attention to detail. The panel gaps and fit of doors is superb. Appears to be all original factory installed sheet metal The glass smooth 2 stage paint in the classic 50s Black and White compliment the design genius of Raymond Loewy, the man behind this car's legendary speedster profile. Every piece of chrome has been replated or polished to perfection. The interior has also been completely redone in the original style with correct materials. Discreetly installed Pioneer custom AM-FM CD player sound system with factory AM radio in the sparkling original dash. This car is truly stunning from every angle with no disappointments. Priced near restoration cost. $36,900.00
(SOLD) Factory produced as an R2 supercharged car, this 1963 Avanti from the Verde Collection is one of a handful sold with the dealer-installed R3 package rated at 335 HP. Ron and Fran acquired this Studebaker from the estate of the original owner before fully restoring the car. The first American production car to feature power-assisted front disc brakes, it also offers a 3-speed automatic transmission, power windows, an attractive leather bucket seat interior and factory chrome wheel covers.