1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk by Yat-Ming

1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk by Yat-Ming

1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk by Yat-Ming

This 1/18 blue Studebaker Golden Hawk is produced by Yat-Ming, a prestigious Chinese manufacturer of diecast model cars and accessories. The Studebaker Golden Hawk is a two-door pillarless hardtop coupe type car produced by the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana between 1956 and 1958. The ill-fated Studebaker produced some truly amazing cars which were unfortunately not so appreciated in their day as they are now. The Golden Hawk was produced in the sunset years of Studebaker and had a turbulent history seeing it through several rebadgings, redesigning, and finally, discontinuation.
The last Studebaker until the Avanti to have styling influenced by industrial designer Raymond Loewy’s studio, the Golden Hawk took the basic shape of the 1953–55 Champion/Commander Starliner hardtop coupe but added a large, almost vertical eggcrate grille and raised hoodline in place of the earlier car’s swooping, pointed nose. At the rear, a raised, squared-off trunklid replaced the earlier sloped lid, and vertical fiberglass tailfins were added to the rear quarters. The Golden Hawk was two inches shorter than the standard Hawk at 53.6 inches.
For 1958, the Golden Hawk switched to 14-inch wheels instead of 15-inch wheels, making the car ride a little lower. The 15-inch wheels, however, were available as an option. Other styling changes included a new, round Hawk medallion mounted in the lower center of the grille, and the available contrasting-color paint was now applied to both the roof and tailfins. One unique feature was a vacuum gauge on the instrument panel.[5] Padded dash boards were standard.
Several minor engineering changes were made for ’58, including revisions to the suspension and driveshaft that finally allowed designers to create a three-passenger rear seat. Earlier models had seating for only two passengers in the rear because the high driveshaft “hump” necessitated dividing the seat; a fixed arm rest (later made removable because of customer requests) was placed between the rear passengers in earlier models.
In January 2011, Barrett-Jackson auctions sold a 1957 Studebaker Hawk for a final hammer price of $99,000.
This is a classic car which was not given enough credit, but now Yat-Ming have brought it back to public attention.
Yat-Ming produces muscle cars, European sedans and North American trucks and specializes in realistic, high-quality cars for serious adult collectors. If you’re looking for a faithful replica of a rare or niche car, this is the firm to go to.

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