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History Don Pruett's 1956 Studebaker Hawk

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,248

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    Don Pruett's 1956 Studebaker Hawk


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  2. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,188

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    Bitchin story from a time when "fun with cars" was what this hobby was about....
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  3. Good stuff!
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  4. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 975


    Really neat for Don to share those with you and us. Please tell him thank you!
    I wonder if he regrets not running at the Winter Nationals?
    I know I've chosen not to do something based on what seemed like the smart/sensible thing to do at the time.
    It's those decisions that always haunt you with, what if?
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  5. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 207

    from devore, Ca

    Great story, wish he would have gone to the Winter Nationals though!!!!
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  6. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
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    Love those Studebakers. Love the story.
  7. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,085


    Great Story, he got far closer to the Winter Nationals than most of us:) It appeared to be a Power Hawk and I have Power Hawk quarters on my 53 coupe (they came with the car to replace the rotted ones). From my perspective it was nice to see a Studebaker any time (even though I didn't have much interest in the brand until I bought mine three years ago:)
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    Great looking car! Great story too!
  9. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,561


    Gotta love those stories. I had a couple of Studebakers along the way (including one with that great little 259 motor) & I still have a fondness for them. I recently sold a 160 mph (Stewart-Warner) speedo to another HAMBer, which was from a largely unknown 1955 Studebaker Speedster. They only made 2,215 of them in 1955, for a hefty $3,400 price tag. I did a little research on them & here are a few pics. I saw one at a local show a few years ago & it was spectacular, with the tu-tone green & yellow paint scheme. Check out the diamond tufted interior (leather, methinks) & engine turned dash, with the 160 mph speedo an 8K (electric) tach.

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  10. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,272

    Jalopy Joker

    Great that you reached out to you, and that you made it available to us - Studebakers have a special place in racing history - especially at Bonneville
  11. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,530


    Great story and a nifty car. My education for the day is seeing that that model of 56 came without the tail fins that the Golden Hawk and later coupes had.
    I sold a later model coupe body to a Fellow Hamber for a friend of mine a few months ago.
  12. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,531


    We rarely regret what we did. It's what we didn't do that haunts us.
  13. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
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    I think those fins just unbolt from the later cars.
  14. Scrapin’Metal
    Joined: Mar 19, 2018
    Posts: 57


    Great to read stories about how you could grab a car off the Back lot and take it racing. Add in some time and have some fun.
    Working on a 54 Commander now. I could see how these could be a great stripped down race car. 737AA396-0CE1-467E-8946-E0613BBA2F77.jpeg 25E1D90E-689E-4292-976B-CF1932B3B0C4.jpeg
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  15. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,583

    from Quincy, IL

    In ‘56 only the Golden Hawks had any sort of fin. And that was a short height vertical fin that bolted on. The Sky Hawk, which I have, and the Power and Flight Hawks had no fins. The Golden and Sky Hawks were pillarless hardtop, the Power and Flight Hawks were post coupes.

    For ‘57 the Sky Hawk name was dropped and the Golden Hawk and Silver Hawks (which, again, were pillarless hardtops) and the lower line post coupes all got the better known flared/canted fins, also bolt on.

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