Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk – One Hawk Down, For The Time Being

Photos from the Cohort by Hyperpack.

I, like most, ache when I see a wounded animal. And from that realm, birds are the creatures for which I feel more. And while at first there doesn’t seem to be much wrong with this old Hawk, this bird certainly suffers from some ailment. After all, it’s clear it’s been sitting at the same place, immobile, for quite a while.

I mean, it’s even leaning into that wall, as if trying to hide from view. But ailing as it was, it didn’t have the strength to seek better shelter. Or so it seems.

So, what have we got here? Just one more ’62 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk. A model that has appeared at CC on several occasions, and that one would swear it sold in larger numbers than it did if looking at its many entries in our archives. Funny how that works.

That these have been covered several times means these creatures have a certain allure. And I’ll admit I’m not immune to their appeal. So one more look to a surviving, though ailing, one is certainly welcomed.

These images belong to another upload by Hyperpack, a contributor that’s posted rather interesting auto content at the Cohort in recent times. As I recall, many of his uploads come from a family collection; though some are just found around Pennsylvania. No idea what the back story of this particular Hawk is.

Whatever its story might be, this Hawk is both derelict and rather complete. A mix highly favored here at CC. And it’s always risky to make assessments from a few photos, but at least from these images, rust doesn’t seem terminal to my eyes.

One can only dream this Hawk will take flight sooner or later if properly taken care of.

See what I mean? This interior doesn’t only look rather complete but exudes those early ’60s snazzy vibes. And though I can’t quite see James Bond driving a Studebaker, I can certainly see Felix Leiter doing so (he preferred Thunderbirds, though).

We know idleness ain’t kind to anybody in the long run, and cars -and hawks- certainly don’t benefit from it either. From this view, the blemishes of rust and time are only too evident.

Turismo Turismo? Nope, it’s “Twin-Traction”. Studebaker-Packard’s term for their limited slip-differential technology.

Let’s see if Hyperpack appears in the comments section (it will show up as Slant Six) to give us the backstory on this Studebaker. Otherwise, here’s one last view of this forlorn and ailing Gran Turismo Hawk. I can only hope it will find a new sheltering place, so that it can heal and can take flight again sometime in the future.


Related CC reading:

Vintage Car Life Road Test: 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk – Does It Live Up To Its Name?

Curbside Classic: 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk – Irrational Exuberance  by JP Cavanaugh

Curbside Classic: 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk – A Beautiful Death   by PN

Automotive History: The Studebaker V8 Engine – Punching Below Its Weight