Stingy Saturday

Courtesy of 56packardman two candidates for “Frugal Friday” even though they don’t seem to be, technically, for sale.



The top car is a 1958 Packard Hawk, of which only 588 were made. Obviously, it was based on the Studebaker Hawk; by this time Packards were badge-engineered Studebakers. Actually, 1958 was the last model year that any car wore a Packard badge. The bottom car is a 1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, of which only 1,767 were made and that includes almost 300 that were produced for export. 1964 was the last model year for GT Hawk production, which ceased when Studebaker closed its main plant in South Bend, Indiana in December, 1963. Yes, that means no 1964 Gran Turismo Hawk was actually produced in calendar year 1964.

I constantly search for GT Hawks for sale and can find examples that seem decent listed for around $15,000. On the other hand, Packard Hawks in decent condition are almost never listed for under $50,000. While it’s not set in stone I like to find cars for no more than $20,000-$25,000 given that level is comfortably below the current average “transaction price” for a new vehicle in the US, about $40,000.

My thanks to 56packardman for bringing these cars to my attention.







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2 thoughts on “Stingy Saturday

  1. You are correct that neither of these Hawks are for sale. I snapped the photos at a Studebaker Drivers Club event at the former McClellan Field northwest of Sacramento. (McClellan is where the B-25 bombers used in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April, 1942 were prepped.) The owner of the Packard Hawk is also restoring a ’56 Studebaker Golden Hawk. The Golden Hawks of ’56 were powered by the 352 cubic inch Packard V-8.


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