The Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, affectionately known as the GT Hawk, marked the pinnacle of the Studebaker Hawk series that had its beginnings in the mid-1950s. Among its Hawk siblings, the GT Hawk stood out as the epitome of elegance, featuring a front grille reminiscent of Mercedes and a roofline akin to that of a Ford Thunderbird. Produced from 1962 to 1964, it enjoyed a brief existence before Studebaker ceased automobile production in the United States. Now, a striking example of this classic resides in Bulverde, Texas, enticing enthusiasts on eBay with a reserve yet to be met, currently standing at $10,500.
The GT Hawk’s lineage can be traced back to the 1956 Hawk, initially inspired by the ’55 Studebaker Speedster, a 2-door hardtop derived from the President model. Over the years, various Hawk models emerged, driven by either six or eight-cylinder engines and available in sedan or hardtop configurations. Seeking to elevate the model’s appeal, renowned designer Brook Stevens undertook a redesign in 1961, transforming it into the gracefully styled Gran Turismo, affectionately known as the GT Hawk. However, despite its refined aesthetics, production numbers remained modest, with fewer than 14,000 units rolling off the assembly line in under three years. Ultimately, the limited demand played a role in preventing production from migrating to Canada with the Lark.
The 1963 GT Hawk featured here was part of a collection in San Antonio, Texas, owned by an individual who eventually decided to part with their beloved cars due to the challenges of aging. This particular GT Hawk was the owner’s personal favorite and received a heart transplant in the form of a 350-cubic inch V8 engine, likely of GM origin. Although the exact reason for the engine swap remains unknown, it has undoubtedly injected some serious power into this classic. An automatic transmission complements the powerplant, though details regarding any transmission replacement aren’t provided. Recent maintenance work, including a fuel system overhaul, carburetor rebuild, and new rubber donuts, ensures that this vintage beauty runs smoothly.
The body of this GT Hawk appears solid, with its resplendent gold paint contributing to its captivating appearance. Inside, the interior and glass are in exceptional condition, reflecting the care bestowed upon this classic over the years. The odometer reads a mere 41,000 miles, leaving us to wonder about the rationale behind the engine swap. While a Studebaker 289 engine would have added to its historical authenticity, the installation of a Chevy (?) 350 powerplant certainly enhances its performance credentials.
The seller, faced with space constraints, reluctantly parts with this outstanding Studebaker. As it finds a new home, it carries with it the legacy of the GT Hawk, an elegant and powerful classic that continues to captivate the hearts of automotive enthusiasts and collectors alike.