1958 Packard Hawk

Offer Price: $74,250 US

Specifications: 210bhp, 289 cu. in. overhead valve supercharged V8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120.5"

The Packard Hawk is a direct descendant of Raymond Loewy’s iconic 1953 Studebaker Starliner. Transformed into the Hawk in 1956 with a face and tail-lift, it became Studebaker’s prestige 2+2, produced in several models and power trains. After the 1957 assimilation of Packard into the Studebaker line, a Packard Hawk was readied for 1958 with a unique fiberglass nose and McCullough-supercharged 289 cubic inch V8 engine, making it the fastest Packard ever.

This 1958 Packard Hawk has a production date of November 22, 1957, making it number 226 of only 588 produced. It was originally sold in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was purchased in 1989 by Chris Rinker of Vista, California, from the grandson of the original owner. The car had then covered 111,000 miles; today the mileage is believed to be 121,405. The original family maintained the car for 32 years, and the second owner enjoyed it for another 16 years. It has benefited from an older but complete frame-off restoration by a Packard shop in Oceanside, California. With only three owners since new, it has been maintained in impeccable condition.

The car is finished in the factory-correct Parade Red with black top and trunk accent. It is equipped with power steering, brakes and windows, clock, compass and 160mph speedometer. It has an AM/FM radio with front and rear speakers, dual rear-mounted antennas, front fender gold and chrome ornaments, dual exhausts with chrome tips, factory-tinted windows, chrome wire wheels with gold knock off spinners, and Coker wide whitewall tires. The interior has correct genuine hand-buffed tan leather seats, matching vinyl trim, black carpeting, and Packard-Studebaker logo floor mats.

In 1994, the Hawk was voted People's Choice at the Deer Park Concours d'Elegance; in 1995 it received an AACA National First Prize. It has been badged twice at the Packards International Meet and was shown at the 1999 Packard Centennial. Additionally, it has been a featured cover car in Turning Wheels, the Studebaker Driver’s Club magazine, Cars and Parts and Packards International Magazine. It has also appeared on the national television show, Motorweek. All magazine articles are included in the sale, as well as the original owner’s manual and warranty, salesman's data book, an original shop manual and color charts.