1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk
PAMPERED 1963 Studebaker GRAN TURISMO HAWK
OVER 100 IMAGES!!!
LOCATED IN BUFORD, GA...approx. 40 miles from ATLANTA
HIGHLIGHTS...
Exceptionally well-maintained rather than “restored”…RARE The last iteration of the famed Hawk series One of the elite classic cars recognized by the Milestone Car Society Many R1 performance features: 10.25 to 1 Pistons, hotter cam (a bit more than R1) and Floor-Shift Automatic Fine road stance – new Front & Rear springs NOS 3.54 to 1 Rear-end REBUILT 4BBL Carb NEW Oil pan gasket NEW Front & Rear Main Seals, Timing Cover Gasket NEW Tires Quartzed Clock NEW Starter Solenoid REBUILT Transmission HISTORIC BACKGROUND : The basic body was designed originally by Raymond Loewy, was introduced in 1953 as the Studebaker Starliner, and was many years ahead of its time. It was so advanced – and such a good design – that Brooks Stevens was able to skillfully facelift it to fit right in with the very latest in auto-fashion as the Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk (1962-1964). Stevens cleverly “borrowed” the Thunderbird’s roofline, Mercedes’ grill, and the current Lincoln Continental’s expensive and elegant stainless cap molding. When equipped with the R3 and R4 engines, the Hawk proved itself at the Bonneville Salt Flats with flying-mile top speeds of up to 157.2 mph. The result was arguably the most handsome Studebaker Hawk made. Overall, a fitting way for the final iteration of the Hawk to go out.
MILESTONE CAR SOCIETY STATUS …along with the Avanti, the Gran Turismo Hawk of 1962-1964 is recognized by the Milestone Car Society. This is an elite distinction shared only by “the best”, including such cars as the Jaguar XK-E, Continental Mark II, and others of this stature.
#63V37117 VIN DECODING: 63 (1963 Model Year) V (289 cid V8 Engine) 37117 (Production Serial Number).
#63V-K6/3895 BODY TAG (On Cowl Near Passenger Side Hood Hinge) DECODING: 63 (1963 Model Year) V (289 cid V8) K6 (Gran Turismo Hawk Coupe)
OPERATIONAL REPORT… Owned by an avid Studebaker enthusiast who – above all – wants cars that drive nice, this one is a dream for both boulevard rides and cruise night. The power steering makes driving and parking a pleasure, and the rebuilt automatic shifts very nice. You’ll notice the extra power provided by the R1 inspired 10.5 to 1 “flat top” pistons/compression ratio too. The brakes – though manual – stop the car with confidence. They are the best manual drum brakes I have witnessed from this era.
The car has obviously been loved by every owner since new. You sense this in the little things…like windows that roll nice and smooth both up and down. The clock has been “quartzed”…so you have the great classic look and modern clock technology at work for you. ALL of the beautiful gauges work, as well as the horn, wipers, and all exterior lights. The radio however, is not working.
ZIEBART & PAINT NOTES – In the images, you will see Ziebart plugs on each of the doors. Ziebart was a highly successful rust-proofing system which began in 1959 and it is a big “plus” that this GT Hawk was given this treatment – most likely when new by a very diligent owner. This may explain the uncommon solidness of the car’s body and under-carriage.
The Rose Mist Poly is one of the most beautiful colors available for Studebakers of this era. Both Thunderbird and Lincoln also had a near identical color. Many years ago, the car was re-painted. Years later, the hood, top and trunk had faded - but the sides were still shiny – so only the hood, top, and trunk were again re-painted. But now, many year later after that, the sides are now a bit faded. They might respond well to careful polishing or clear-coating for a more uniform overall appearance.
EXCELLENT INVESTMENT – With the best of the 1950s cars hitting their peak many years ago, the best of the 1960s classics are just now “coming into their own”. Considering this car’s Milestone Car Society status, famed Loewy/Stevens design history, and its low production volume…this Gran Turismo Hawk is poised for “re-discovery” with excellent appreciation potential.
NADA VALUATION reflects growing interest in the Gran Turismo, and currently has the car valued at $25,600 for the better examples.
THE FIRST 12 PICTURES will give you a general overview of this handsome GT Hawk, but if you are seriously interested...we suggest that you look at ALL 100+ images because we want you to see EVERYTHING. Simply scroll down to see the pictures.
Over 3,000 TRANSACTIONS WITH HAPPY PEOPLE! As of the date of this listing, we've had over 3,000 transactions (both Buying and Selling) on without a single complaint. One of the keys to our success is to show larger and more images than almost any other listing...so you can clearly see what you are getting. We also give a very detailed description of the car...not just a couple sentences like many listings.
ODOMETER NOTE ...the odometer currently reads 90,397. Due to the design limitations of odometers of this era, accurate mileage since new cannot be known with certainty.
PAYMENT DETAILS… Payment is due within 3-business days of auction's end via Bank to Bank wire transfer.
INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS are welcome, but MUST adhere to the SAME Payment Terms detailed above and also make all arrangements for the pick-up.
ABOUT ME… I am an avid Classic Car enthusiast. After retiring from 30 years of Sales & Marketing in a Global 100 company, I began buying and selling Classic Cars and Collectibles as a collector and for friends and clients. This classic belongs to a friend and fellow classic car enthusiast.
Please Note: as of this date, we have had over 3,000 transactions with 100% Positive Feedback...this includes the sale of many Classic Cars to Buyers all over the world, including Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Australia, Russia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENT & CONDITION OF SALE REMARKS: Bill of Sale, Georgia Title, and Vehicle Registration documents will be provided to the Buyer.
This Vehicle is sold strictly as-shown and on a final as-is basis without any warranties expressed or implied due to age. Even the very best and most valuable classics will require additional maintenance and service - often without warning. Therefore, please expect to continue - as the new owner and caretaker of this classic - to perform additional maintenance and repairs. We hope that you are able to enjoy the car without the need for an immediate repair - but understand that this indeed could be found necessary. As seasoned collectors know, every time you start (or attempt to start) a classic car is a new experience...it could be a wonderful ride, or a new repair to undertake. That is the nature of the hobby, and this car (or any classic car) should not be purchased if you are not prepared for this reality. We have presented the car accurately to the best of our ability, but oversights are possible. Therefore - before the auction's end - bidders are welcome to examine the vehicle in person. All sales are final.
Because this car is only lightly driven locally - and is untested for long trips - we recommend that it be transported to its new locale.
Finally, we remind you to be sure to review ALL the images and ALL the captions for this classic because - in addition to this description - they relate important information too!

QUESTIONS?. ..after reviewing ALL the images and reading the entire description, please call Jim Murphy if you have any questions: 706-429-7924
FINAL NOTE...IMPERFECTIONS – The car is very nice, most certainly one of the nicest of this year/make/model extant. But because there is no such thing as a perfect car, please expect some imperfections. Because we endeavor to place the camera everywhere that you can look, you will notice most imperfections yourself. However, in the last set of images, we show several close-ups of imperfections of the type you should expect.
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Seller notes:
Used
“Exceptionally pampered since new and highly original.”
Year: 1963 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 63V37117
Mileage: 90397 Transmission: Automatic
Make: Studebaker Body Type: Coupe
Model: Gran Turismo Hawk Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Trim: Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk Vehicle Title: Clear
Engine: 289 cid V8 Power Options: Power Steering
Drive Type: RWD Fuel Type: Gasoline
For Sale By: Private Seller Exterior Color: Rose Mist Poly

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