Key facts

Studebaker Golden Hawk, 1956 MY 56J information summary

What body style?
fixed-head coupé with 4/5 seats
How long?
5180 mm
How heavy?
1524 kg
What size engine?
5.8 litre, 5768 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
279 PS / 275 bhp / 205 kW @ 4600 rpm
How much torque?
515 Nm / 380 / 52.5 kgm @ 2800 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 9.6 s
How fast?
209 km/h, 130 mph


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1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk technical specifications


The Golden Hawk is a rear wheel drive coupé road car with a front placed engine, manufactured by Studebaker.
The Studebaker Golden Hawk is one of the 56J model family from Studebaker.
Its 5.8 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, overhead valve, 8 cylinder unit that has an output of 275 bhp (279 PS/205 kW) of power at 4600 rpm, and maximum torque of 515 N·m (380 lb·ft/52.5 kgm) at 2800 rpm.
A 3 speed manual with overdrive gearbox transmits the power to the driven wheels.
The Studebaker Golden Hawk weighs a quoted 1524 kg at the kerb.
Maximum claimed speed is 209 km/h, which equates to 130 mph.
1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk data
Studebaker Golden Hawk, 1956 MY 56J data
Body type4/5 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 3060 120.5
Track/tread (front) 1440 56.7
Track/tread (rear) 1440 56.7
Length 5180 203.9
Width 1790 70.5
Height 1430 56.3
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.69
Kerb weight 1524 kg 3360 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 68 litres 15 UK Gal 18 US Gal
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Packard
Engine code Skypower 352
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 5.8 litre
5768 cc
(351.985 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 101.6 × 88.9 mm
4 × 3.5 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.14
overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 279 PS (275 bhp) (205 kW)
at 4600 rpm
Specific output 47.7 bhp/litre
0.78 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 515 Nm (380 ft·lb) (52.5 kgm)
at 2800 rpm
Specific torque 89.29 Nm/litre
1.08 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9.5:1
Fuel system 1 Carter carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1122 kPa (162.7 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 721 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 7.4 s
Acceleration 0-60mph 9.6 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 209 km/h (130 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 182.95 PS/g
134.56 kW/g
180.45 bhp/ton
0.08 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 7.43 kg/kW
12.41 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front 7.10 x 15
Tyres rear 7.10 x 15
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 3 speed manual with overdrive
Top gear ratio 0.74
Final drive ratio 3.92
general ID24992
Production total
Model code
Model family 56J
RAC rating 51.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk added before December 1995.
Last modified 2016-01-16.

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