>The bolted on fins are another matter, of course: The least expensive way to provide the variants
>of those would be to make them as separate parts
that would certainly make logical sense since they were separate parts in 1:1 anyway. its kind of funny (to me anyhow) that they would do a total "JC Whitney catalog" thing like that on a production car.
but those were certainly awesome cars in the looks and performance departments though I think they were all a bit heavy for their time?
I would buy one of all variants myself.
Studebaker Hawks really weren't all that heavy--they ranged from about 3100lbs for a '57 Silver Hawk, up to just over 3400lbs for the 1956 Golden Hawk. Much of that extra weight of the Golden Hawk was due to the rather heavy (even when compared to say, a 50's Chrysler Hemi even!) Packard V8, which apparently was designed and produced without much thought given to its weight, considering that it was designed for a full-sized luxury Packard.
What really hampered the '57 Golden Hawk was the handling. With the extra 200-250lbs of that Packard 352cid V8 (used in the '56 Golden Hawk as the only engine option) positioned as far forward in relation to the centerline of the front wheels, that car had a nasty tendency to "plow" into a corner (push in racing terminology) and then suddenly spin out. Studebaker Packard discontinued the Packard V8 (first introduced at Packard in 1955) and sold the tooling and rights to AMC, leaving Studebaker with their original small block V8, which started out at 239cid, ultimately to be poked out to 289 cubic inches. While that engine was comparatively heavy, compared to say, a small block Chevy and certainly to the 221/260/289/302 Ford V8 of the 60's, it didn't affect the '57 through 64 Hawks all that much, given that the basic Hawk design is almost exactly that of the 1953 Studebaker Commander coupes and hardtop.
I have 65 Plymouth tooling mock-ups here now - they'll go back to the factory on Monday.. Tooling ought to start in the next week or two!
Definitely a drooling-instigating model coming up!