February 6, 2023
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – You’ve got to give credit to designer Brook Stevens who penned this 1962 Studebaker Grand Turismo Hawk. Some might struggle to see that it was based on the 1953 Starlight body shell, seen in the photos below, a design which originated in the South Bend, Indiana satellite office of Raymond Lowey and Associates, a firm founded by famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy. Just imagine this GT Hawk without Stevens’ additions of the squared-off Thunderbird style roof, the Mercedes-like grille, and the upright trunklid with its newly added brightwork (the lid itself was a carryover from the 1961 Hawk – bottom photo), and suddenly it’s 1953 again!
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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