February 19, 2022
Day 7 as we travel back to 1956 for a week…
The Independents were still in business in 1956… well, maybe not all of them, but this 1956 Studebaker Sky Hawk was being produced by the newly formed Studebaker-Packard Corporation in South Bend, Indiana. This would be the final year for Packards which were actually Packards and not face-lifted Studebakers. The Sky Hawk was a two-door hardtop which sat in the middle of the Hawk lineup with a 289cid-V8 under its long hood. Thriftier buyers could opt for the six-cylinder Flight Hawk or the 259cid V8-equipped Power Hawk two-door sedans; or they could spend a little more on the top-of-the-line Golden Hawk hardtop with its 352cid V8. Studebaker called the Sky Hawk “…the newest, most distinguished hardtop convertible of the year.” This one was seen in downtown Buffalo back in 2018 at the start of that year’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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