Sorry, anti-vaxxers, but the vaccines work. Yesterday, Israel–which has fully vaccinated 81% of its over-16 population–lifted its mask mandates. Vaccine hesitancy is nothing more than a manifestation of ignorance. I’ll show this tweet from @DocBastard again:
-You do not know The Truth.
-You have not discovered things Doctors Don’t Tell You.
-You have not done research.
-You are not better than everyone else.
-You are not holistic.
-You are not special.
-You are not “woke.”
What you are is wrong.
I wanted to write about an amazing Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk restomod being offered at the upcoming Mecum auction in Indianapolis. Of course, Mecum does not allow online pictures of current or recent lots to be captured, at least not in any way that I can figure out.
I searched for an analogue for the car, but could not find one that looked as good as the one in the Mecum photos and in Black over Red. Here is the link to the auction listing. Here is a picture of the best comp I could find although not in the proper colors:
Yep, that’s my model. Yep, right now I have GT Hawk on the brain. Can you say OCD?! In all seriousness, from the description the Mecum lot reads like the “perfect” car for me at this moment, but will probably hammer for way more than I would have considered spending, even if our three-car garage weren’t already full. As far as I can tell, the car is being sold with a reserve.
OK, this is a picture of my car:
What do you think of these C7 ZR1 wheels as a replacement?
OK, now I’m just looking for things to do to my car. Still, I really like these wheels more than the current ones and they would fit my Z06. Besides, by the time I’m done with mods later this year my car’s engine will have more HP and torque than a stock ZR1. Any thoughts you have would be appreciated.
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6 thoughts on “Monday Musings 66”
The only two quibbles I have with the auction Hawk are the interior color (not a fan of bordello red) and the ubiquitous SBC. Yes I know the SBC is probably one of the best “bang for the buck” deals around, I just would rather see something different in there. Other than that, it looks like a lot of time, and money, was spent on the restoration. My guess would be around $100K spent and a reserve of around $60K. Might be a higher reserve, but I doubt by much. Mecum wants cars that WILL sell, not just look good on stage.
Those wheels would look good on your Corvette. And they are one of the easiest appearance mods you can make. Also easily reversed if they don’t live up to expectations.
Thanks, DDM. Yes, it’s quite a red in the interior although as I get older I like reds more and more. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the black exterior as I think it somehow hides the lines of the car. It is, however, as close to an ideal GT Hawk as I’ve seen.
The engine choice is fine with me and would be my pick if I were restomodding one of these. As I have written many (and many) times, I am a big fan of modern drivetrains, suspensions, brakes, etc. even in an older car, if possible. Appreciate the thoughts on the wheels; they are not cheap, though. Would you believe more than a grand apiece? Of course, you can’t take it with you and we have no kids.
I’d go with the ZR1 rims. I can see they’re both basically a 5-spoke design but I prefer the simpler look of the ZR1.
Thanks again, Mark. Actually, I have a hard time characterizing my current wheels. I also prefer simpler, cleaner design in general.
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I like the simpler look of those ZR1 rims. Amazing how a simple wheel change can enhance the look of a vehicle.
Thanks, JS. I have to decide if I want to splurge for the wheels IN ADDITION to the second round of engine mods.
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