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Cheap Project? 1962 Studebaker GT Hawk

The Gran Turismo (aka GT Hawk) was the final iteration of the Hawk Series that saw many variants from the mid-1950s. Built between 1962 and 1964, the GT Hawk was a personal luxury auto that had styling similar to that of the Ford Thunderbird and Mercedes-Benz. This 1962 edition has been in the same family since 1965 and retired from active duty in 1971. Located in McMinnville, Oregon, this project Studebaker is ready for a cosmetic and (probable) mechanical restoration. It’s available here on Facebook Marketplace for $2,495. Bravo, T.J., for another great tip!

Studebaker switched gears with the Hawk in 1962 and transformed it into a “grand touring coupe”, resulting in an attractive vehicle for the sales-starved company. Over 15,700 copies were assembled before Studebaker decided to cease building cars in the U.S. The GT Hawk and Avanti were two of the casualties that didn’t continue life in Studebaker’s Hamilton, Ontario plant (until 1966 when operations ceased altogether). Half of the GT Hawk’s sales were consummated in its first year (1962) when the seller’s edition left the South Bend, Indiana plant.

As the story goes, this was “Mom’s” car for the past 59 years. She put 87,000 miles on it before it was parked in covered storage in the early 1970s. We don’t know if it was running at the time or if any attempts have been made recently to get it going again. It has Studebaker’s 289 cubic inch V8 engine under the hood, complete with a 4-barrel carburetor and a 3-speed automatic transmission. The car has dual heaters, which we’re told was a rare option back in the day.

The body looks decent from the few photos provided and we suspect the light blue paint is original. The carpeting has been removed, showing clean floorboards except for a bit of surface rust. From the looks of things, this could be a decent candidate for a restoration. It could be a cool car once again and when was the last time you saw one of these on the road?


  1. Avatar photo Todd J. Member

    The last GT Hawk I saw is presently stashed in a shed here in Colorado, the owner swears he’s going to get around to “fixin’ it up.” I can’t remember when I last saw one on the road. The featured car looks like it has a lot of promise, and the price is right!

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    • Avatar photo Kevin Stanchek

      I’m in Orlando Florida I cannot get this listing to come up on Facebook market place in Oregon If you could text me the listing I would greatly appreciate it. Trying to get the owner s. Info so I could buy it

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  2. Avatar photo bone

    Its amazing that the sales of Studebaker were steadily declining throughout the mid 50s and into the 60s and yet there are so many of these cars still around

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    • Avatar photo stillrunners Member

      Kinda like an Edsel…..

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      • Avatar photo bone

        exactly !

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  3. Avatar photo Terry

    That’s about as solid and complete a Stude as I have seen in many years. Shouldn’t last long.

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  4. Avatar photo stillrunners Member

    Yep – floors don’t look to bad….might be the buy of the week if your wanting something you don’t see at CnC.

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    • Avatar photo Saxby S. Chaplin 111

      Yessir,Some ospho or Muriatic acid would clean that light rust right up and may i say, Thats a really decent price for a solid ride like her!!! Some of those Hawk,s were very fast lil cars!!! Should go really quick!!

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  5. Avatar photo Bama

    Why are the nice ones always on the other side of the country to me? If that were within a couple of hundred miles from here I’d be hooking up the trailer for a road trip! While I prefer the 53-54 Lowey coupes, the last few years of the Hawk are a close second, and this one looks to not break the bank to get into it. Only way it would be better would be a 4 speed GT. If the underneath is as clean as the floors, someone will be getting a deal.

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    • Avatar photo scottymac

      That’s funny – two of my cars came from Alabama! ’66 Ford Galaxie 7 Litre, and ’73 Buick Riviera.

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  6. Avatar photo CrazyDave

    Gone already. Someone got a deal.

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  7. Avatar photo PaddyG

    Well, that went fast.

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    • Avatar photo James A Boutin

      I had a 59 lark v1. My first car. It was so neat. Paid 75 bucks.

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  8. Avatar photo Anthony Gaby

    Wow, keep seeing more ’62 Studebaker Hawks up for sale..These cars were strong runners..where the engines outlived the body…Working mans car..Im in Elkhart In. Just outside of South Bend..I have a ’62 Lark . Parts availability is by far better than other makes out there..as more and more hoards of parts are found in abandoned dealerships and such throughout ..not only the states but the world…I still remember the ’54 Lowey coupe I had in 1988 that I had purchased for $675…drove it home .Lost to ex…

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