The 1959-1961 Studebaker Silver Hawk and Hawk were the simplified successors to the Golden Hawk. This came about as a result of Studebaker's continued low 1957-1958 sales.

After 1959, when only a V-8 engine was offered, the cars were listed simply as Hawk. The Hawk featured Studebaker's 289 cid engine, in two stages of tune and without the previous supercharger.

Styling for the 1959-1961 Studebaker Silver Hawk and Hawk became cleaner, and an optional four-speed gearbox was made available for 1961. Note that Hawks in these years were all fixed-pillar coupes, not the pillarless hardtop style.

Pluses of the 1959-1961 Studebaker Silver Hawk and Hawk:

  • Good-looking
  • Lively performance
  • More reasonably priced than earlier "blown" models

Minuses of the 1959-1961 Studebaker Silver Hawk and Hawk:

  • Studebaker's usual rust and oil leak problems
  • Lack of a hardtop

Production of the 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk and Hawk:

  • V-8: 5,371
  • Six-cylinder: 2,417

Production of the 1960 Studebaker Silver Hawk and Hawk:
4,280 (figure does not include some 1960 Hawk six-cylinder export models)

Production of the 1961 Studebaker Silver Hawk and Hawk:
3,663 (figure does not include some 1961 Hawk six-cylinder export models)

Specifications of the 1959-1961 Studebaker Silver Hawk and Hawk:
Wheelbase, inches: 120.5
Length, inches:
204.0
Weight, pounds: 2,795-3,207
Price, new:
$2,360-$2,650

Engines for the 1959-1961 Studebaker Silver Hawk and Hawk:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
sv I-6 169.6 cid
90 1959
ohv V-8259.2 cid
180/1951959
ohv V-8289 cid
210/2251960-1961

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