1958 Packard Hawk Ad
1958 Packard Hawk. 275 bhp, 289 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine with a McCulloch centrifugal supercharger, Borg-Warner Flight-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal length A-arms, coil springs, and anti-sway bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120.5 in.
Its rarity and status as the best-regarded of the ‘Packardbaker’ final-year cars have made the Packard Hawk quite collectible. Values are roughly double those of the equivalent Studebaker, although they are still low by comparison with Corvettes and Thunderbirds. Because a Studebaker drivetrain was used, mechanical parts are more readily available, although body and trim parts are more difficult-to-impossible to find. While it is a unique car, current restoration costs almost always exceed the selling price.
This 1958 Packard Hawk offered here has a known history since 1971 when it was sold to the current owners late mother in Alameda, CA. After her passing, it was sold to Art Astor (noted southern California collector with a 400+ car collection) restored by Custom Auto (Santa Ana, CA) in 1990 -91 and stayed in his collection until it was re-bought at auction in Fall 2007 by the owners brother when Art down-sized his collection. Its been residing with its current owner in New Hampshire for the past 3-1/2 years. Its been thoroughly and proudly enjoyed, however its time to move this car to the next steward. Only 588 made!!
The car looks fabulous on the underside and is very clean throughout. Runs and drives well and is a fabulous example of one of the few remaining Packard Hawks. Pictures will answer most questions, however give me a call on this one.
This is a good Hemming’s article on a 1958 Packard Hawk.