Q: Greg, I just found an article you did online on the Studebaker Golden Hawk from near 10 years ago. In that column I didn’t see anything about the straight-drive factory overdrive 3-speed manual that my grandfather had in his 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk. His car had a 352-cubic-inch Packard engine, and it would run over 100-mph in that overdrive gear easy.
My family also owned a 1959 Lark, but never a Packard. Also, can you give an update on that Packard and Studebaker merger I remember? Why did it fail? Thanks for all your car nostalgia columns.