1958 Packard Series 58L news, pictures, specifications, and information
Engine Num: L2122
The Packard Series 58L were introduced early in 1958. They were available as a sedan, Hardtop Coupe, Station wagon, and the Packard Hawk Hardtop Sport Coupe. The base engine was a overhead valve V8 engine that displaced 289 cubic-inches and produced 225 horsepower. The Packard Hawk had a supercharged V8 that boosted power to 275 BHP.
All models except the Hawk had dual headlamps. In the back were tailfins, in keeping with the styles of the time.
Production was low, with 1200 Sedans, 675 Hardtop Coupes, and a mere 159 examples of the station wagon created. 588 buyers selected the Hawk Hardtop Sport Coupe.
This particular Packard is among the last Packards built. It was produced on July 23rd of 1958 and the line was halted on July 25. By this time these cars were Packards in name only - the 1957 and 1958 cars were essentially re-badged Studebakers as the two companies had merged.
The 1958 Station Wagon 'combined station wagon capacity with limousine luxury and riding ease,' claimed Packard. In actuality, this Studebaker-based Packard was smaller and lighter than a standard Ford or Chevrolet, with a 116-inch wheelbase and 206-inch overall length. Standard equipment included a 225 horsepower 289 cubic-inch V8 engine, 'Flight-o-Matic' automatic transmission and power brakes.
This 1958 Packard is a nine-passenger wagon and one of just 159 built. It was rescued from a field many years ago and fully restored to its present condition.
|Hardtop Sport Coupe|
Chassis Num: 58LS-1537
|Sold for $50,600 at 2010 RM Auctions.|
Sold for $88,000 at 2013 RM Auctions.
The Hawk is a direct descendant of the legendary industrial designer Raymond Loewy's iconic Studebaker Starliner of 1953. In 1956, it was redesigned with frontal and rear styling features and became Studebaker's prestige car. They were produced in several models and equipped with a number of powertrains.
The Hawk was fitted with a 'Continental' tire impression on the rear deck lid, a leather-trimmed interior, a non-functional hood scoop, front fender marker lights and full instrumentation including a supercharger boost gauge, a tachometer and a vacuum gauge.
This example has been given a complete, body-off restoration that was completed in 2008 to factory-correct specifications. It is finished in red and white two-tone exterior with a Saddle interior. This car has the optional power brakes and power steering. Just 30 miles have been covered since the restoration work was completed.
In 2010, this Hawk Sport Coupe was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $55,000 - $75,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $50,600 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
However, the Packard name continued for two more years, as cars were built in South Bend, Indiana by Studebaker, which had merged with Packard in 1954.
The 1958 Packard Hawk was powered by a 289 cubic-inch, overhead valve V-8 that produced 275 horsepower, thanks to a McCulloch VS 57S supercharger that cut-in at 3,000 RPM.
This low mileage, mostly unrestored Packard is one of only 588 Packard Hawks built in 1958 - the only year produced. It was sold new in California and spent most of its life there.
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