For sale in our Saint Louis showroom is a rarely seen 1963 Studebaker Avanti with a 4 speed. This frame off restored Avanti is powered by a 350 CID V8 engine with aluminum valve covers and a chrome K&N air filter. A Muncie M22 4 speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter transfers the power to the rear end. The tires are in very good condition and as you can see in the video, it drives excellent. The body is painted a beautiful shade of green that has a very slight metallic flake. The paint is in very good condition, and the car shines up well. The gray interior features vinyl and cloth upholstery, and a wood grain steering wheel provides a nice touch to the overall appearance of the interior. BACKGROUND: The Avanti was a personal luxury coupe produced by The Studebaker Corporation June 1962 and December 1963. It originated as a doodle on a napkin in a jet plane west of Chicago by Sherwood Egbert just 37 days after he took over as President of Studebaker in February 1961. It was marketed as Americas only 4 passenger high-performance personal car. The Avanti broke nearly 30 records at the Booneville Salt Flats in Utah. Unfortunately the Studebaker factory in South Bend, IN shut down in December of 1963, and only 5800 Avantis were produced during the production run. The naming rights to Avanti were purchased, and the Avanti II was produced from some years. The odometer on this 1963 Avanti reads 40,911, the actual mileage is unknown, but approximately 9,000 miles have been enjoyed in the car since the restoration was complete. Options for this 1963 Studebaker Avanti include: AM/FM Radio with Cassette Player, Vinyl and Cloth Interior, Seat Belts, Power Windows, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Radial Tires, and Custom Steel Wheels. This is a great example of a Studebaker Avanti, and will have Studebaker followers at all the local show or cruise. To view this 1963 Studebaker Avanti in greater detail, including HD pictures and HD video visit www.GatewayClassicCars.com or our St. Louis showroom. For more information please call 618-271-3000 or email STL@GatewayClassicCars.com
Following the failure of its merger with Packard in 1958 Studebaker found itself in dire straits by the beginning of the 1960s. With the prestigious Packard name a thing of the past Studebaker was in desperate need of an image makeover. The economical but unexciting Lark provided the bulk of sales while the more stylish Gran Turismo Hawk certainly had sharp looks but due to the poor financial health of the Studebaker the Brooks Stevens-penned Hawk s underpinnings remained firmly rooted in the early 1950s. A new Halo Car was needed to boost the company image and in turn boost foot traffic in showrooms.Shortly after taking over the reins at Studebaker company president Sherwood Egbert came up with the idea for a new personal car to take on the likes of the Ford Thunderbird. On a flight to Chicago he hastily sketched his idea on a napkin which he promptly delivered to Raymond Lowey s design team; a wealth of talent consisting of Tom Kellogg John Ebstein and Bob Andrews. The team was given just 40 days to bring Egbert s concept to reality and working feverishly they proposed a two seat and four-seat GT car that would utilize a modified Lark platform and a 289 cubic inch V8 engine lifted from the Hawk. After just 8 days of work the team produced a two-sided clay mockup to present to company brass. Management settled on the four-seat concept and development of the newly named Avanti continued at a rapid pace.An industry-wide steel strike had caused a drastic increase in raw material prices and given the complex and subtle curvature of the new Avanti s revolutionary design it was decided that the Avanti would feature a fiberglass body built under contract by Molded Fiberglass Body of Ashtabula Ohio. The chassis was shared with the Lark convertible chosen for its superior torsional strength and further modified with Bendix disc brakes licensed by Dunlop. The beautifully styled body was a drastic departure from the Gran Turismo Hawk. Most notably the elegant grille-less front end was a stark contrast from the Hawk s ornate and fussy detailing.The Avanti was the first American car to feature bottom-breathing where radiator intakes are fed from below the front bumper. The Avanti was promoted as America s Most Advanced Car but with all of the fanfare surrounding it the Avanti was stricken with production delays and the financial state of the company became a serious concern. Egbert had predicted sales of 10000 units in the first year but only 1200 found buyers in the 1962 model year. Production increased for 1963 but total numbers still fell below 4600 units as Studebaker was suffering and would close its South Bend Indiana plant later that year. Production moved to Canada but the Avanti did not continue as a Studebaker. Despite its brief existence the Avanti has earned its place as a truly iconic design and one of the finest American GT cars of the era.This beautifully presented 1963 Avanti is a genuine factory built R2 4-speed finished in Avanti Gold (P-6333) over a two-tone tan interior. A highly attractive example it comes to us via a noted Avanti enthusiast and collector who has recently treated the car to a no-expense-spared mechanical overhaul and cosmetic freshening to ensure it drives and performs every bit as good as it looks. This car features the desirable R2 package which adds the supercharged 289 V8 and is paired with the preferred 4-speed manual gearbox to make the ultimate Gentleman s Express. The body is crisp and well detailed and the color flatters the shape quite nicely. Brightwork is in excellent condition featuring restored bumpers and numerous rare new-old-stock parts. Period correct 6.70-15 BF Goodrich tires are fitted to beautiful alloy wheels which are faithful recreations of the original Halibrand style 7011 magnesium wheels that were a special option in West Coast markets.The interior is trimmed with two-tone upholstery on the seats with correct light colored accents. It retains factory original instruments and switchgear including the aircraft-inspired overhead switches for lights and the heater fan. The Avanti was the first American car to feature seatbelts front and rear as optional equipment.Thousands of dollars were spent recently on a complete rebuild of the original engine. Concurrently the fuel system brakes and steering were thoroughly rebuilt with all of the work performed by a respected marque expert. The block is stamped with the RS 1 prefix which designates it as the correct R2-specification supercharged 289 cubic inch engine. The big orange Paxton supercharger dominates the engine bay which is all very well detailed and in keeping with the authentic feel of this car. The finishes on the blower chrome valve covers and engine ancillaries are excellent.Of the 1883 factory-built R2 Avantis it is believed that fewer than 750 of those featured the 4-speed manual transmission. Rare and exciting this fantastic Avanti benefits from extensive expert care and is ready for enjoyment on the road.
This exceptional 1963 Studebaker Avanti is a two owner car. It was purchased from the original owner in 1968. Designed by the famous Industrial Designer, Mr. Raymond Loewy. Its 1 of 4,643 Studebaker Avantis built from 1963 to 1964. The current owner used the car as a daily driver until the early 2000. At that time he made the decision to do a major rework, turning it into possibly the best custom Avanti in the US. Approx 3000 miles since the completed restoration and re-build. It has been featured in numerous magazines and TV Shows, including Spike TV with Tyrese and El Gardeo TV Argentina Motor Channel, and Blacktop Magazine featured it in the June 2014 Issue. It is a consistent First Place or Best of Show Winner in shows ranging from the Annual La Palma Studebaker Show, Huntington Beach Concours dElegance , and is consistently invited to the Rodeo Drive Concours and took a 2nd place in Radical Custom Class at the Grand National Roadster Show. This Avanti has had almost every part either replaced or rebuilt including a complete new wiring harness. Custom features include: A modified 289 R1 engine complete with Polished Sanden AC compressor charged with Freon 134 and a Paxton 10 lb. boost supercharger. The Engine breaths through a new Edelbrock Carburetor and exhausts through modified Corvette side pipes. A custom-made radiator with both an engine fan and a thermostatically controlled electric fan insures more than adequate cooling. The front suspension is rebuilt stock and the rear suspension is V-12 Jaguar widened 8. It stops using 4 wheel disc brakes which are activated by a new chrome dual master cylinder and a custom rebuilt brake booster. It rides on new radial tires fitted on new Dayton stainless steel wire wheels, which are removable via Jaguar winged knock offs, custom engraved with the Avanti Logo. The body has been modified with a hand formed Fiberglass airdam fitted with tunneled driving lights. The asymmetrical hood bulge has been modified into a functional air scoop which facilitates improved engine cooling. The door handles have been shaved and fitted with electric doors controlled by a hand held remote. The custom body is covered with Wild Strawberry paint accented by a 24k gold leaf stripe down the side. The paint on the asymmetrical hood scoop fades from the body color to a dark cherry and hand painted ghost flames are done in flip flop paint. The interior features Recaro seats wrapped in premium three tone leather with the rear seats formed to match the contours of the Recaros. A hand formed custom center console runs all the way to the back seats and has a computor charging port. The dash board has been recently replaced and is in perfect condition. The custom formed door panels are done in the same three tone leather with custom recessed door handles. The headliner is also custom in leather. For safety it has been fitted with three point shoulder harness seatbelts and a Halon Fire Extinguisher. Sounds are provided with a Kenwood AM/FM radio, which also controls a six disc CD player, and is augmented with a trunk mounted amp. The trunk is covered with the same wool carpet and contains a side storage for all the safety equipment. With its show-stopping good looks and hair raising growl, this exceptional Avanti is a must have to complete any collection. As an option, the 2008 Big Dog Mutt motorcycle,painted to match the Avanti, is offered as a package deal, at a reasonable additional price. Please call 323.536.9844 for details.For Sale By Owner And Located In Los Angeles WeBe Autos Specializes in Marketing and Advertising Muscle, Classic, Vintage and Specialty Cars. We offer Professional Photography, HD Movies, and Staging that Sells Cars. We have over 6,000 cars in stock at any time, if you are Looking for a Chevelle, Camaro, Nova, Corvette or a Mustang Chances Are we Have your Dream Car. Let us showcase and sell your specialty car. Please visit our website for more details. ?Keep in Touch, Michael Runnalls Specialty Car Marketing & Media WeBe Autos Ltd. Long Island, NY 11780 Michael@WeBeAutos.com www.WeBeAutos.com (O)631-339-0399 (C)516-729-2003 Skype: webeautos (F)631-389-2605 When you Love What You Do You Never have to Go To Work...
1963 Studebaker Avanti. 1963 Studebaker Avanti This American classic is in excellent condition! 100000 miles Turquoise exterior White interior 8 cylinder engine Automatic transmission RWD Lots of work done to vehicle New brakes New hoses New filters New front and rear brakes Engine work done Air works but needs a fan Leather seats in great condition. Currently located in Battle Ground WA. Financing Nationwide Shipping and Warranties available to qualified buyers. This vehicle is located in: Battle Ground, WA Stock Number: C167216L