By Vern Parker
Soon after Studebaker and Packard joined in an unlikely alliance in the mid-1950s the effort to survive began.
Talented designer Raymond Loewy did a lot with a little and for the 1956 model year created a masterpiece, the stylish Golden Hawk.
"Even in my teens I wanted one," Paul Delaney says. "However, the opportunity never presented itself," he laments.
Half a century passed but the long ago memory of that 1956 Golden Hawk lingered on but since only a total of 4,071 were built he knew the chances of finding one were almost nonexistent.
While thumbing through an antique car magazine in the summer of 2015 he was surprised to see a 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk for sale.