Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 186
Year : 1963
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : automatic
Registration No. : WTN313A
Chassis No. : 63V36427
Engine No. : TBA
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


After a masterful facelift by designer Brook Stevens, the new GT
Hawks were received with great acclaim when they were
introduced in 1962. In 1963, Studebaker made minor changes to the
bodywork and trim to the GT Hawk but for the 63V-K6 model, they
made the 240hp Avanti Jet Thrust R1 and the 289hp supercharged Jet
Thrust R2 engines mated to the Power Shift automatic gearbox as an
option. Other options taken from the Avanti were disc brakes, heavy
duty suspension and 160mph speedometer. When Andy Granatelli took a
fleet of Studebakers to Bonneville in 1962 and 1963, they broke
over 337 national speed records with R series cars; in October
1963, Paula Murphy drove a prototype 1964 R3 GT Hawk to a top speed
of 154mph.  A total of 4,634 Hawks were built for the 1963
model year with the last one assembled in South Bend, Indiana on
20th December 1963 with the rarest and most sought-after
being the 1963 supercharged models. 

This 1963 Studebaker Grand Turismo Hawk left the factory fitted
with the standard 289ci V8 engine. The car was prepared by the
Thomas Brothers of Studebaker West in San Francisco. Finished in
red with a black bucket seat interior, the car now has a 289ci, R2
performance V8 engine fitted with a genuine Avanti R2 side mounted
supercharger with a rare R3 pressure airbox and factory header
manifolds mated to a Power Shift Avanti automatic gearbox. This
Hawk GT has also power assisted steering, disc brakes, magnesium
wheels, rear traction rods and a rear sway bar. The car is supplied
with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which
expires in April 2017. The vendor owns a couple of American muscle
cars and tells us that this Hawk is properly prepared and eats his
highly modified 1964 Corvette for breakfast. This is a rare
opportunity to purchase one of the fastest American muscle cars
ever produced and will beat any original muscle car of the period -
without exception!
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170