Studebaker

Parked 30 Years: 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk

Just last week I finally visited the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana, which has long been on my list. This collection houses a good selection of Studebakers from more than 100 years of production, from the first… more»

3-For-1: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1

By the time Studebaker launched the Avanti, the company was somewhat financially embarrassed. Okay, they were broke. Sadly, the Avanti was a case of too little too late for a manufacturer that had been operating for more than a… more»

Project In Progress: 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk

With cars like the Avanti and the Gran Turismo Hawk, it’s safe to say that Studebaker went down swinging! By 1963, the sun was setting on independent Studebaker leaving, besides themselves, only American Motors and Kaiser-Jeep to do battle… more»

Bullet-Nose Barn Find: 1951 Studebaker Champion

Studebaker’s first new cars after World War II came out in 1947 and received a makeover again in 1950-51. Due to their styling, those latter cars would become known as the “bullet-nose” editions. That makes them some of the… more»

40,000-mile Survivor! 1951 Studebaker Champion

Originally introduced for the 1939 model year, the Studebaker Champion was an exercise in the “lighter is better” school of thought. Coupled with the low base price it proved to be a sales success for the ailing company, and… more»

Estate Find: 1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner

The 1953-58 Studebakers benefitted from distinct styling provided by the famed Raymond Loewy Studio. They were both sleek and low in appearance, thus different than most of the boxy-looking cars that the major car manufacturers were building. The 1954… more»

Factory Supercharged: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2

The Avanti delivered a lot of things during its production life, but the one thing that it couldn’t achieve was to dig Studebaker out of the financial black hole that would eventually consume the company. Today, the Avanti has… more»

Supercharged Manual: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R-2

The Avanti was Studebaker’s answer to the Ford Thunderbird and intended as a halo car for the ailing independent auto manufacturer. Created under the direction of famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, fewer than 6000 were made from April 1962… more»

Supercharged Project: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2

This 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 is a case of appearing far worse than it actually is, as despite its roughshod looks and evidence of vandalism, the car is actually quite solid underneath and comes with numerous spare parts needed… more»

Parked For 48 Years! 1964 Studebaker Avanti

It is a fact that the RMS Titanic sank because by the time the iceberg was spotted, the evasive maneuvers attempted by the crew were too little, too late. The same is true of Studebaker as a manufacturer. The… more»

Stored 40 Years: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1

By the early 1960s, Studebaker-Packard’s finances had weakened again, and they needed a Hail Mary or two in order to stay afloat. Conceived on a cocktail napkin in 1961 and put into production just 15 months later, the Avanti… more»

Buried In The Barn: 1940 Studebaker President

The President was Studebaker’s top-of-the line car between 1926-42 and again from 1955-58. It was their version of the Cadillac, but like most Studebaker products, it didn’t sell in similar numbers. This 1940 edition has been camped out in… more»

Backyard Find: 1979 Avanti II Coupe

Every car enthusiast I know would be completely OK with a backyard that looked like the one this 1979 Avanti II is parked in. The seller is in Florida and has numerous vehicles under cover in what looks like… more»

Cheap? 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk

The Gran Turismo Hawk (or GT Hawk) was the final evolution of the Hawk series that began in 1956. The GT Hawk, which would run for three years (1962-64) had styling that was inspired by European cars of the… more»

One Year Wonder: 1956 Studebaker Power Hawk

Studebaker built a series of “family sports cars” between 1956-64 that carried some form of the name Hawk. This involved no less than eight models which were offered as 2-door, 4-seat coupes, with or without door posts. The Power… more»

R2 Supercharger! 1963 Studebaker Avanti

If you ask most any Studebaker aficionado what car their Holy Grail is, chances are that person would say the limited run Avanti with the supercharged engine. Only 4,643 Avanti’s were built for 1963-64 with 40 percent of those… more»