For Sale: 1956 Studebaker Flight Hawk
The Flight Hawk was a product of a Raymond Loewy design. Loewy is frequently credited as the “Father of Industrial Design.” Based on the Champion two-door coupe which had been introduced for the 1953 model year. Like the other 1956 Hawks, the Flight Hawk received a new hood, grille, deck lid and instrument panel. Flight Hawks otherwise had the minimum amount of exterior chrome. Things like oil filter, backup lamps, radio, clock, windshield washers, outside mirrors, heater and full hubcaps were all ordered from the factory or optioned through the dealer.
Unlike the other Hawks, however, which were all powered strictly by V-8 engines, the Flight Hawk came with the Champion’s 185.6-cubic-inch (3.0-liter) inline six-cylinder engine, rated at 101 horsepower (75 kW). Teamed with this engine is a standard three-speed manual transmission.
Coupe, Model 56G-C3, 4,389 total, broken down by manufacturing plant:
2,508 (South Bend plant)
557 (Los Angeles plant)
584 (Hamilton, Ont. plant)
740 (Exported to other countries)
Hardtop, Model 56G-K7, 560 total, broken down by manufacturing plant:
9 (South Bend plant)
52 (Hamilton, Ont. plant)
499 (Exported to other countries)
Of the four available Hawks for 1956, the Golden Hawk, Sky Hawk, Power Hawk and Flight Hawk, the Flight Hawk was the second-most popular. The Power Hawk, with 7,095 produced for all markets, led in sales by a fairly wide margin.
Studebaker decided to simplify the Hawk line for 1957. This decision spelled the end for the Flight, Power and Sky Hawks, which were combined into the new Silver Hawk series. As of the end of 2012 the best count as to the remaining 56G-C3 and 56G-K7 Flight Hawks is approximately 60 but only 38 restored in original condition and running.
This rare little car is in a nice driver condition. It does have a few minor paint imperfections but looks very good for a driver. Overall it is just a very nice driver that would make a great addition to a collection or just to drive and show off at local car shows. This car is nice and solid and is ready to be enjoyed!
SALE PRICE $11,500 + T.T.L.
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