This 1963 Studebaker Avanti is a beautifully designed, Raymond Loewy masterpiece that comes with tons of historical and original paperwork. The Avanti was Studebakers first (and unfortunately final) entry into the luxury sports car market. It was European styling that inspired famed Studebaker designer Raymond Loewy to design the Avanti with its signature body lines, elevated interior look, and unique exterior appearance. The Avanti was advertised using the tagline Avanti is Elegance which is apparent to anyone who sits in an Avanti. One of the most unique design features of the Avanti is its fiberglass body making it only the second fiberglass-bodied American car after the Corvette, with which it was designed to compete with. This particular Studebaker Avanti is especially well-documented, coming with the original window sticker, original California registration paperwork, original brochure, as well as tons of receipts some of which date back to the late 60s. According to the original Window Sticker, this Avanti was purchased new at Ray Tanner Motors in Phoenix, Arizona, and it was then first registered in California. Under the hood on this Studebaker is an Avanti R-1 289 Cubic Inch V8 engine paired with a single 4 barrel carburetor that together pushed out 240 horsepower when new. The 289 V8 is hooked up to a recently rebuilt Borg-Warner AS2-10 Powershift Automatic Transmission ensuring that just about anybody can take this classic car for a spin. Being that the Avanti was considered a luxury automobile back in 1963, many of them came loaded with options. With Power Steering, taking this Studebaker for a cruise is much more enjoyable and makes getting in and out of tight spaces much easier. Power Front Disc Brakes provide plenty of stopping power for all of that horsepower under the hood, and they were a new innovation for American car manufacturers of the day. Being that this Avanti was originally sold in Phoenix, AZ and spent most of its life in Southern California and Texas, air conditioning was a must have and this car still possesses an original air conditioning system. The exterior on this Avanti has been refinished in its original color, Avanti Grey. The wheels and tires have been upgraded to a more modern Rally-style rim with Hankook Radial Tires for an improved ride going down the road. The red and fawn interior has an elevated, European look. The front bucket seats and rear bench seat are upholstered in red vinyl in the Regal style trim. The dash, door panels, and steering wheel are all in wonderful shape as well and appear to be in their stock configuration. The stock instrument cluster has almost a cockpit look and is equipped with a 140 MPH speedometer, 6,000 RPM tachometer, clock, temperature gauge, amp gauge, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, and vacuum pressure gauge. The stock AM radio is also incorporated into the dash and the glovebox is equipped with a Vanity Tray and Mirror which was another unique Avanti feature back in 1963. An Aiwa AM/FM/CD entertainment system is also tucked neatly under the glove compartment. Whether youre looking to buy your very first classic car or youre a Studebaker collector, this 1963 Studebaker Avanti would be a mighty fine choice. Give us a call today!