1958 Packard Hawk

One of the greatest American car manufacturers before the Seconds World War, Packard completely misjudged the US market after the war. They thought that they could go back to their old models, but the public wanted more. It took the company years to adapt their production to the tastes of the day; to give you an idea, Packard was unable to offer a V8 until 1955! In an effort to update their look, Packard bought Studebaker, and produced the 1958 Packard Hawk based on a Studebaker body. I think that it’s one of the finest-looking car of the 1950s, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to sway customers back to Packard. Only 588 of them were ever built.

1958 Packard Hawk
1958 Packard Hawk

The Packard Hawk was powered by a supercharged, 275-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 that coupled with a three speed automatic transmission, could push the coupe to a top speed of 125 miles per hour. Acceleration to 60 mph was an impressive 8 seconds. The Packard Hawk was a modern car by any definition, with European-inspired leather upholstery, all-wheel drum brakes, an independent front suspension and modern and understated instrument panel, white on black.

In terms of styling, the 1958 Packard Hawk was a cut above the rest, with its stylish and restrained tail fins, (fake) hood scoop and aggressive bumper and front end; none of that, however, was enough to save company from going belly-up, sad to say.

2 thoughts on “1958 Packard Hawk”

  1. While I agree with most of your article (I own a P.H. so I am biased), you are mistaken; the P.H. is not equipped with disc brakes. They weren’t even offered as an option because S-P wasn’t offering them on any of their cars in 1958. Since only 588 were built, you’d expect that not many have survived. You’d probably be surprised to know that more than half are still out there, which is kind of a testament to how much their owners loved these cars.

    1. Good morning Mike!

      Thank you very much for reading, and for your input! I have made the necessary changes to my little write-up about the Hawk, and I’m thrilled to learn that so many have survived. I wasn’t kidding when I said it was one of my favorites: it’s got the essence – the spirit – of the 50s look without the excess. It’s gorgeous.

      Thank you again for reading!

      Best regards,

      Alex

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