Flight Of The Hawk

Posted: 19th July 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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We’re going to take a slight detour today from our latest series “Toad Trucks” and take a look at a classic car that we found at the Antique Truck Show over the weekend.  It was such fabulous find we just had to create a special photoblog post to showcase it.  We’re back tomorrow with some cool new truck photos, so please do stay tuned for that.

I love, love, love old cars.  Always have, always will.  Some of them are pretty obscure and rare, and this further drives my love for them, if you’ll pardon the expression.

Studebaker Flight Hawk - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Studebaker Flight Hawk - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

As we left the Antique Truck Show this weekend, we encountered this gem in the parking lot.  The vibrant orange caught my eye from across the lot, and I was immediately drawn to check out this wonderful old Studebaker Flight Hawk.

Studebaker Flight Hawk - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Studebaker Flight Hawk - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

She might not have the shiniest paint here, and she’s definitely got the odd minor blemish here and there.  But if you look at the overall condition of the car, paying close attention to the chrome bumpers and accents, you will notice they are in absolutely remarkable condition.  I believe this is the original paint job.

Studebaker Flight Hawk - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Studebaker Flight Hawk - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

This would definitely be a restoration specialists dream car.  Notice the hub caps are in near perfect condition as is the chrome trim.  Usually in old cars that are rather neglected, this chrome is extremely pitted and/or rusty, or in some cases even missing entirely.  This car seems to have all its bits and pieces intact.

Studebaker Flight Hawk - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Studebaker Flight Hawk - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

They sure weren’t afraid to apply chrome during these times, and in my books, this is just wonderful.  The interior of this car is in really fantastic condition, further bolstering the impression that this car is a one or two owner car that was and continues to be loved very much.

I just love the body lines and styling cues employed during this period of car design.  There is something of interest to behold at every corner and the overall sense is of grace and beauty.  This generation car was born in a much simpler time when family values were the core of our communities, today’s cars largely lack this emotional appeal.  Not to say there aren’t beautiful cars today, there sure are; it’s just that something has been lost in translation.  I find myself drawn back time and time again to the old classics.  I suspect I always will.

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  1. avatar Dave DiCello says:

    What a cool set of shots here my friend, I love how you’ve captured it from so many different angles!

  2. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Very nicely presented Toad.This is a rare bird I believe the Flight Hawk was only in production for 1 Year 1956 ,nice find!

  3. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Oh what a great find! I thought you scored big with the show. Nothing like getting a Christmas bonus!!

  4. avatar jimdenham says:

    Toad, this was a car built when a car was a creation and not a tool regulated down to the last millimeter! They were built for looks, ride, or power, or all! Awesome find and great pics!

  5. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    Fantastic find Toad, and you’re right, they loved the chrome back in the day! If only you could take that for a spin on a nice day down by the beach 😉

  6. WOWSER Image Toad!! Bet that Studebaker has some awesome stories to tell…if only cars could talk!! Have a wonderful evening and day tomorrow!!

  7. avatar chris maskell says:

    Pure class my friend. They sure don’t make them like that anymore no wonder you love these old cars.

    • Thank you so kindly, Chris, it’s just something that I can’t seem to get over. They vehicles are so wonderful to look at and drive…. thanks a ton for your visit & comments here!

  8. Love your site! Just wanted to tell you that I like your posts and will be drop in agin for more. 🙂

  9. Very good indeed – really like the final two images, through the window is really nicely composed.