Packard Hawk

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Packard

Packard Hawk

1958
Country:
USA
Engine:
V8
Capacity:
4737 cc
Power:
275 bhp
Transmission:
3 spd. auto
Top Speed:
125 mph / 200 km/h
Number Built:
588
Collectability:
5 star
Packard Hawk
Packard Hawk
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 5

Introduction



Prior to WW2 the Packard Automobile was considered to be one of the worlds finest motor cars, an American equivelant of England's Rolls Royce.

Slow to meet with the times following the war, and forced into the realisation that Cadillacs were far outselling their own vehicles, Packard finally introduced a V8 into its range in 1955.

Unable to compete with the "Big 3" US manufacturers, Packard purchased Studebaker, a move that would eventually cause the demise of the prestigous car manufacturer.

There was, however, one high point during the amalgamation - the Packard Hawk. This 2 door sports coupe, based on an existing Studebaker body, featured leather trim, full white-on-black instrumentation, wing vents and a dramatic (fake) bonet scoop.

But the best part of the car was under the hood - the 4.7 litre V8 coupled to a McCulloch belt driven supercharger that produced 275 bhp.

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Also see:


The History of Packard (USA Edition)
The History of Studebaker (USA Edition)
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