It Was Meant to Be… 1960 Studebaker Hawk

Neil and Ruth Bell are the proud owners of this fantastic 1960 Studebaker Hawk.
When I asked Neil why he chose to purchase this car over another classic he said “This is the car I’ve always wanted since I was pumping gas as a kid”. Neil then stated that they picked it up at the Los Olivos Park “Orphans Car Show”. When they saw this Studebaker at the car show, they knew instantly that it was the one they wanted.

This Studebaker originally came stock with a V6, it was switched out for a 350 small block with an Edelbrock intake. As for the transmission, the Turbo 350 was swapped out for a 700R4. A traction bar and jet coated headers were added in order to improve the performance and handling.
Don’t let the classy look of this car fool you, it’s a muscle car.

The black exterior and burgundy interior really gives the Studebaker a sleek look. The American Racing wheels and a Lecarra steering wheel compliment the car well.  All of the suspension and steering components were replaced last year. Neil updated the rear end with 3:07 gears and someday would like to put 3:31 gears in along with a heavy duty sway bar kit.

It was obvious when talking to Neil that he was very passionate about classic cars and the entire culture that surrounds them. His favorite car show to attend is the River View car show located in Mesa, AZ just off the 202 and Dobson Rd. So if you’re ever down that way and see his Studebaker, stop by and say hello.


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