3: Studebaker Golden Hawk
The Studebaker brand already had noticeable success with the R2 and the Golden Hawk is another well-known model. The ’56 Golden Hawk was released well before the R2 was even a thought and it did quite well. The 352 V8 was one of the most powerful V8 engines of the time, which made it a blast to drive.
Coupled with the beautiful styling of the car the Golden Hawk was a marvel of design. It’s interesting to see what the Studebaker brand was at the height of its popularity. Similar to how AMC was popular, the Studebaker brand was a well-known American institution. The Golden Hawk was a notable example of American ingenuity and performance.