Classic Car Overview
West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this mostly all original and stock 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 Supercharged 289/289HP 4BBL V8 2 door Coupe with 9:1 compression ratio in its original Avanti White factory color paint and boasting its extraordinarily rare and desirable factory 4 speed manual transmission and original matching #s engine and virtually fully loaded with factory options including:Power steering,Power Disc Brakes,Tinted glass with sun band,Hill holder,HD springs front & rear,Electric windows,Twin traction,Radio & Antenna,Rear speaker,All vinyl front bucket seats,Full deep pile carpeting,Padded instrument panel,Rear seat center armrest,Exterior bright trim including windows & rocker panel moldings, and original 289 V8 Supercharged R2 Super Jet Thrust engine!Reportedly one of less than 500 in total factory 4 spd Supercharged R2s ever built between the 1963-64 production years! The R2 would set several land speed records for factory stock vehicles, eventually breaking 29 speed records between 1963-64, to become the Worlds fastest production car. These records remained on the books for many years. Top speed was almost 169 miles per hour.Other facts about this particular car:Studebaker National Museum Copy of original build sheetMatching #s engine # RS 1103Serial # 63R 1203Supercharger4 speed floor shifterThis particular example was originally purchased on 9/13/1962 at L.S Kerr Motors Inc of Cleveland Heights, OH to its original owner and it is a simply superb example in all respects in mostly all original condition with original factory color Avanti White paint and Red interior and with believed to be 78,071 original miles on its original matching #s engine and with no history of any accidents or damage, recently purchased from its long time southern California who has restored the car mechanically and cosmetically only as required over the years and with no expense spared and only using original restored or NOS parts. The most often overlooked true performance car of the 1960s is the original 1963-64 Studebaker Avanti. This is an odd phenomenon, seeing as the Avanti was more expensive than a Corvette when new, built in limited numbers and was one of the fastest and most innovative cars of the time. Andy Granatelli helped break 29 speed records at Bonneville with factory Paxton-supercharged Avantis, which he proved could run 170 MPH in stock form, and 200 MPH when more heavily modified.Rodger Ward, winner of the 1962 Indianapolis 500, received a Studebaker Avanti as part of his prize package thus becoming the first private owner of an Avanti. A Studebaker Lark convertible was the Indianapolis pace car that year and the Avanti was named the honorary pace car.This particular example came virtually fully factory equipped and remains to this day as follows:Original matching $s 289/289HP R2 engine ($398)Original Paxton centrifugal superchargerOriginal Borg Warner T10 4-speed manual transmissionOriginal 3.73:1 Twin-Traction rear endPower steering ($77)Power windowsPower disc brakesAM radio with rear speaker ($65)Heater & Defroster ($80)Electric Clock ($15)Tinted glass ($32)Excellent original body with perfect hog troughsOne repaint in its correct Avanti White colorOriginal and highly striking Red interiorOriginal steel wheels and hubcaps 1 of 1,883 total supercharged R2 models produced in 1963 and 19641 of fewer than 500 total factory 4-Speed R2 AvantisThe 1963 Avanti was the first American production car to have factory disc brakesThe Avanti was promoted as Americas Most Advanced Car and was more expensive than a Corvette when newSupercharged Avantis set 29 speed records at Bonneville when newThis R2 is all that was promised from South Bend in 1963 and more, beyond it having all of the right bits, its long time southern California life in bone-dry climates proved very forgiving so those famous hog troughs which today look as good as the day they were installed in South Bend, IN.This R2s matching-numbers supercharged 289/290 HP R2 engine runs like a bear, and that rare T-10 4-speed competently sends all that boosted power to its Twin-Traction rear end with 3.73:1 gears. Combined with power steering and the aforementioned power disc brakes, it is really a fantastic car to enjoy with the added bonus of that Paxton blower soundtrack.The 1963-64 Studebaker Avanti was amongst the most daring of 1960s American cars, a modern masterpiece which still seems contemporary today! Built with modern safety features such as a built in roll bar, padded interior and door latches that became structural body members when closed! A supercharged 289 V8 made the car the fastest cars built in its day with a top speed of over 168mph - a staggeringly fast speed for a production street car! Some 29 Bonneville speed records were set by a supercharged Avanti. This was also the first major fiberglass body four passenger car and also the first such car to use caliper style disc brakes and anti-sway bars front and rear. With only 3,834 Avanti models built in 1963 and even less, 809 in 1964, of which only 1,883 in total were the Supercharged R2 models, most of which were ordered with the automatic transmission with reportedly less than 500 of which were R2 Supercharged models factory ordered with the 4 speed manual transmission! This car was to prove an instant collectible and has since reached certified Milestone Status. Distinctive features abound such as a grille-less front end, asymmetrically placed hood bulge, shaped windows with large glass areas, a short rounded tail end, aircraft-like cockpit instrumentation and controls, slim section bucket seats and a padded roll bar.To Studebakers delight and not surprisingly, the public loved the car as it was both upscale and well equipped, although it sported a base price of $4,445 compared to the Corvette Sting Rays $4,252. In the end, the main problem for the original Avanti, was the fact that the public knew that its parent company, Studebaker, was fast going out of business and therefore were reluctant to purchase their cars. Upon seeing it close its South Bend plant on December 20th 1963 and with the last 1964 Avanti having barely come off the production line, its fate was sealed. Studebaker moved production of its other models to Canada in 1965 and only Chevy engines were offered in 1965-66. The renown Studebaker Motor Company which had been incorporated in 1968 and founded in 1852 as a wagon producer, sadly folded in March 1966.In later years, being too good to let die, the Avanti model continued with Chevy Corvette V8s after two South Bend Studebaker dealers, Nate Altman and Leo Norman bought all the rights to the model, formed the Avanti Motor Company and continued to hand-build the cars in an old Studebaker plant with the cars being known as Avanti IIs. After Altmans death in the mid 1970s the Altman estate sold the operation to another entrepreneur in 1982, who continued the passion of building the car and so it was for years to come, until finally the recession of 1991 doomed the car to history.This particular model is the most desirable R2 Supercharged 289 V8 with 289HP with this particular example very rare in many ways, especially with the now extraordinarily desirable and collectible and rarely ordered factory Borg Warner T10 4 speed manual transmission; it has power steering (a $77 factory option!), power brakes, power windows, Twin Traction rear end, Heavy duty springs, an electric clock, windshield wipers, AM Pushbutton radio, wheel covers, side mirrors and a heater and defroster.This is a rare mostly all stock example, in its original Avanti White color and seriously striking Red interior, owned for many years by reportedly one long time southern California owner and which had been sitting covered in a climate controlled garage for many years. Its life in bone-dry climates proved very forgiving so those famous hog troughs which look as good as the day they were installed in South Bend. The original matching #s supercharged R2 engine itself is extremely strong and powerful and the 4 speed manual transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears, a simply lovely car to drive with virtually any conceivable preventive maintenance issue obviously having already been attended to for turn-key peace of mind driving for many years to come.This is a rare opportunity to own a very rare and internationally desirable 1963 legendary Studebaker Avanti R2 with its original Paxton Supercharged engine matched to the highly desirable 4 speed manual transmission in the perfect classic Avanti color combination and condition for the most serious of collections!