Automotive History: The First Gran Turismo Hawk?

1961 Studebaker Ad-01

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Some things we just know. But sometimes, the things that everyone knows are not necessarily true.

For example, everybody knows that the first Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk was the 1962 version which was the result of Brooks Stevens’ fabulous efforts to restyle an old car on a lean budget.  You can read about this great car here and here.

But then I came across this ad. Look carefully and note the fins and roof pillars. This is no G.T. Hawk. Yet that is what Studebaker was calling this car, and in 1961. Did the ’62 model get its name from the imagination of some anonymous ad copy writer as he tried to inject a little life and magic into the tired old ’61 Hawk? Perhaps so.