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At Bonham’s Preserving the Automobile auction in Philadelphia last week, a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk went for a lip smacking $99,000.

It grabbed headlines away from two heritage locomotives, and even a 1936 Wanderer W25 roadster.

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1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk. Photos courtesy Bonhams.

Studebaker may have had the sharks circling the company, but they were able to create the Golden Hawk in 1956 that was a trend-setter.  It was svelte, athletic, powerful and still breathed Raymond Lowey styling.  It looked international.   A top of the line personal luxury coupe. .. it promised performance to stand up to the Chrysler 300B.

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For 1957, a 289-cu. in. V-8 produced 275 horsepower, courtesy of a McCulloch variable speed supercharger.

The restoration of the model at auction duplicated the original Arctic White over Tiara Gold Metallic livery and its McCulloch supercharged V-8 was tuned up, but not rebuilt. The car’s original front drum brakes were replaced with modern disc brakes in a nod to drivability (and, perhaps, safety), and “Kelsey-Hayes style” wire wheels were shod with wide white tires to complete the period look.

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Golden Hawks have been sailing in $26,000 waters, so the $99,000 for this one caused the cognescenti to raise their wine glass.

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Rest of the auction seemed to stir things up as well.  Locomotives at the auction were 1835 Brathwaite and Ericson locomotive, ($220,000) and a Baltimore & Ohio “1831 York” locomotive ($121,000).  The 1936 Wanderer 25 commanded $319,000 and a 1908 Rainier Model D seven passenger touring, conjured $253,000 from its new owners.

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