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.


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.


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.



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


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.