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Last Updated:
July 3rd, 2017
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This fine example of the last Studebaker GT Hawk produced is owned by Jay Crites.   According to the Monroney Sticker which Jay still has (see photo below), this car's base price was $3,095.  It was equipped with the optional White Sport Roof, automatic floor shift, power steering, tinted windshield, white sidewall tires, push button radio, seat belts, and undercoating.  All this added another $508 to the price.   It looks like the car was manufactured in early October of 1963 and delivered to Miami Florida.


Figure One: The Monroney Sticker for Jay's Car

There were only 1,767 GT Hawks made for the 1964 model year, with the last one coming off the South Bend line on December 20th, 1963. (All South Bend production ended in December of 1963).

The most significant change from the 1963 models was the elimination of the deck lid overlay, which on all prior GT’s had been used to cover up the horizontal grooves found in the deck lids of all the regular Hawk (1956 to 1961). The new deck lid had no recessed area. New badges for the deck lid, grill and sides were used, and the hood now sported the new “Circle S” ornament. The tail light housings were chromed and a simpler nonvoting side grill with clear parking lights lenses and amber bulbs were used. A new Hawk emblem in the center of the grill replaced the former tri-color badge.

Interior changes were slight with modification to the interior door panels and some minor changes to the dash area.

The new special Avanti 304.5 cu. in. R3 and R4 engines were offered as options, but none were ever equipped on any production models. Studebaker ran speed trials at Bonneville in October of 63, reaching a top speed of 154 mph with a 335 hp proto type R3 GT Hawk, clearly the fastest Hawk ever created.

The 1964 GT Hawk without any options was priced at $2958, $137 less then the 1963 models. New accessories for 1964 included special wire wheel covers and an AM-FM transistor radio.

Information contained here comes from “Studebaker, The Complete Story” by William A Cannon and Fred K. Fox.



This final edition 1941 Plymouth pickup (PT125) customized, is owned by Don and Betty Smith.   Don has just completed a partial restoration where he disassembled most of the truck to remove any rusted out parts and then repaired, repainted, and reassembled the truck.  Good job.

The 1941 Plymouth PT125 was slightly restyled with the addition of some chrome trim on the grille and fender-mounted headlamps.  Some 6,073 pickups were manufactured that year.

Most people would claim that Plymouth never manufactured trucks, but history would confirm that they did.  Plymouth put its stamp on light haulers, first offering pickups in the pre-war years from 1937 until 1941, and then selling a two-door sport utility called the TrailDuster from 1974-'81.  There was also the Plymouth Arrow compact pickup from 1979-'82 and a one-year-only, front-drive mini-truck, the Scamp.

The reasons for Plymouth entering the light duty truck market were simple.   Every Plymouth dealer in both the US and Canada also sold either Dodge, DeSoto, or Chrysler.   Those Plymouth dealers partnered with either Desoto or Chrysler had nothing in the commerical line to offer. The simple solution, for little investment would be to clone the Dodge pickup and sell it under the Plymouth brand.

Side Bar: In 1928, Chrysler created Fargo Motor Corporation to build commercial vehicles.   Often times the light duty trucks would use Plymouth parts.   Some think that the Fargo, which was sold by all Chrysler dealerships (Dodge would not be purchased until later in 1928), were Plymouth trucks, but they were not.   Fargo Motor Corporation ended in 1930, most likely as a result of the great depression of 1929.   The Fargo name lived on in Canada, for Plymouth dealerships selling commercial vehicles (which were really Dodges) until 1972, adding further to the confusion.


Gasser Wars magazine did the linked story below in one of their issues this summer. They have given us permission to share the article with you as long as we give them credit.  The article was written by Phil Morris.  It is an article about Gordy Buetsch's dragsters and his life long love of the sport.   Click on the link below "Gasser Wars" and enjoy the article in a seperate window. Enjoy!!!!!!!!

The next link will take you to the Gasser Wars Magazine

The club meets the first Monday of every month, unless that date is a holiday, then the meeting is on the next Monday.
Date of Next Meeting:
Meeting Dates for 2016
January 2nd, 2017
February 6th, 2017
March 6th, 2017
April 3rd, 2017
May 1st, 2017
June 5th, 2017
July 3rd, 2017
August 7th, 2017
September 11th, 2017
October 2nd, 2017
November 6th, 2017
December 5th, 2016

Location:  Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles Street, Rockford IL

Time:  Dinner at  5:30 P.M. Meeting starts at 7:00 P.M


54th International Meet, August 2018, Tacoma, WA.  Details will be available at a later date.


8/24/2017 (Thursday) - 8/26/2017 (Saturday)
Location: Brookfield Wisconsin
Sponsoring Chapter: Wisconsin Region
Wisconsin Region will host the Upper Mississippi Valley Zone Meet 2017
Contact: Rick Rechek, 920-905-5401, email:


The Sheraton Brookfield has established a reservation system and it is active.

Guest's can call 262-364-1100, press 2 and ask for the “Upper Mississippi Valley Meet Room Block” or use the link below to make online reservations.…

You can also call in and ask for group UH21AB, that will take you to the room block as well.

The room rate is $99.00 per night

375 South Moorland Road, Brookfield, WI 53005


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