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50 cars in 50 days, celebrating 50 years of Old Cars: Day Twenty-Three

Old Cars wants to celebrate our 50-year anniversary by bringing you "50 cars in 50 days." Today we offer up a 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk.
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Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!

 DAY TWENTY-THREE: 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk

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Bill Ladroga, a retired metallurgist who served as a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic charge for many years, fulfilled one of his childhood dreams when he purchased a splendid, and rare, 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk.

Any Golden Hawk is pretty much a show-stopper these days, and Ladroga’s Studebaker is certainly that. In fact, it’s been to plenty of judged shows, and Ladroga has the shiny hardware to prove it. 

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“Oh, I’ve had all kinds of trophies with it and also took a national first in 1997 in the Studebaker national meet in South Bend, Indiana,” he said. “It’s pretty much all authentic, except for the radial tires.”

The Golden Hawk was a special version of the popular Hawk lineup and was only built from 1956-58. A creation of the famed Robert Borque and Raymond Loewy studios, the cars were based on the original 1953 Starliners. Only 4,071 of the Golden Hawks were built for that first model year, with all but 61 coming from the South Bend, Ind., plant.

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