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Old 05-28-2011, 03:20 PM
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Old 05-28-2011, 07:11 PM
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I've always been confused as to whether the Packard Hawk and the Studebaker Hawk were the same car, meaning, did they do what Chevy and GMC does where the same car is a Chevy and a GMC just with different name (ex: Suburban = Yukon) or are the names interchangeable meaning you can call it either a Packard or a Studebaker and still be right?
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Not quite like GM, Cobrafan. Studebaker purchased Packard to create Studebaker-Packard in 1954. It really was a last gasp for Packard, and didn't help Studebaker as they had hoped. The Packard Hawk was basically Studebaker's '57 Golden Hawk with a fiberglass nose, and only 588 were built for 1958. It was sadly the end of the line for the last of America's most viable pre-WW2 luxury car makers, the so-called Three P's: Pierce-Arrow, Peerless, and Packard.

Studebaker revised their version of the Hawk series in 1962 with a facelift from Brooks Stevens, calling it Gran Turismo. The Avanti came out then, too. Despite several very good models in their lineup, by 1967 Studebaker was gone too, absorbed into American Motors. None
of these mergers did anything but prolong the inevitable.
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The Once and Future Coupe: The Loewy Coupes and the Studebaker Hawk
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Not quite like GM, Cobrafan. Studebaker purchased Packard to create Studebaker-Packard in 1954. It really was a last gasp for Packard, and didn't help Studebaker as they had hoped. The Packard Hawk was basically Studebaker's '57 Golden Hawk with a fiberglass nose, and only 588 were built for 1958. It was sadly the end of the line for the last of America's most viable pre-WW2 luxury car makers, the so-called Three P's: Pierce-Arrow, Peerless, and Packard.

Studebaker revised their version of the Hawk series in 1962 with a facelift from Brooks Stevens, calling it Gran Turismo. The Avanti came out then, too. Despite several very good models in their lineup, by 1967 Studebaker was gone too, absorbed into American Motors. None
of these mergers did anything but prolong the inevitable.
Ah thanks csl, i knew Packard died out in the '50's (grandpa owns a '53 Clipper and it's his favorite automaker ever, he gave me the whole story but never revealed how they phased out). That's really interesting about the fiberglass nose and i've never heard of the Gran Turismo before. I always thought the Avanti was the last ditch effort to save Studebaker
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