On Monday we presented this week’s shifter and asked you to identify the make and model of the vehicle from whence it came. We upped this week’s prize ante to celebrate the 100th Name That Shifter contest, and upped the typical NTS difficulty level accordingly. Our strategy worked—all but one of you was unable to identify the shifter’s origin. The only commenter to identify this week’s shifter the 1962 Studebaker Hawk Gran Turismo’s four-speed unit was D-Pillar, who wins a special price pack consisting of a Save the Manuals button, sticker, and Car and Driver T-shirt, as well as our review copy of the new Forza Horizon video game!
The Hawk pictured here is from Studebaker’s 1962 press materials, but we did test one in our April 1961 issue. The four-seat coupe’s styling was decidedly dated-looking for the early 1960s; but that’s because its basic body style was first introduced in 1953, nearly a decade earlier. Nevertheless, the Hawk was somewhat sporty, especially with its floor-shifted four-speed transmission and 225-hp V-8 engine.Read full story »