I had a '56 Golden Hawk. It had the 352 cu.in. Packard with the Ultramatic ( a total POS). 275 hp. The only car with more power that year was a Chrysler 300. Another guy in town had one with a 3 speed OD. They were T-85 Borg Warners and tough as hell. Handling was just about like any other mid 50's car. I did have mine nearly swap ends 2 or 3 times one night on Rt.66 but it never did come all the way around. I hooked up with a dude's '57 J2 Oldsmobile one night and he hung in pretty good but the Hawk was faster but not by much.. One of the Packards had 374 cu.in. and 2-4 bbl carbs.