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The R3 was introduced in 1964 to add more to the already sporty Avanti The R3 and R4 Avantis employed many performance Paxton products as the R3s supercharger) because the Avanti had the attention of Paxton president Granatelli and he wanted to make the even greater. The Avanti R3 337 national stock car records, but high performance car arrived too

When company president Egbert retired, as he was ill with Byers Burlingame replaced him and all operations to Canada. This unceremoniously dropped the magnificent and Avanti lines, and only R3 Avantis were ordered by time, making them indeed.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb

Studebaker came into in the very early 1800’s they specialized in making for the Union Army during the War. The company later over to producing automobiles and by the had built a reputation for making a good car at a reasonable price. As the came to a close, the Great coupled with stiff made business difficult for the Studebaker Company.

An acquisition in of the Pierce-Arrow Company nearly them to bankruptcy. Though the vehicles were some of the in the industry, they had not done to stay competitive. They supports of the six-cylinder engine the rest of the competition had outfitted vehicles with larger and twelve-cylinder vehicles.

By the time began using the larger their competition again their marketing plans and ‘down-market’, producing lines of cars in order to stimulate

During the late 1930s the was again able to turn a and their business began to After World War II they the first American company to new and dramatic designs while competition continued to create vehicles. By the close of the 1950s, the Company was once again with staggering sales.

In an attempt to redirect their Raymond Loewy, a renowned designer, was hired to create a car. With the help of other designers, Loewy creating a new vehicle that surly resurrect the troubled Locked in a private cottage for two the team was able to create a model accompanied by detailed which they presented to

Studebaker quickly began the car but since money was scarce, the performed many cost-cutting such as modifying a Studebaker convertible chassis and using as the basis for the vehicle. By 1962 the car was and dubbed the Avanti, Italian for It was an instant love-or-hate design.

this was to be a performance car, employed the services of Andy and Joe to modify the engine. In forty-days the was completed and the result was a power-plant could propel the Avanti to a top of 171.10 miles per hour, it achieved on a clocked-run at the Nevada Further fine tuning of the chassis, and body gave the the name ‘R3′.

Though it had the title of ‘fastest production car in it failed to generate sales. The of the vehicle was too much for buyers to In total, only nine of the Avant R3 were ever

The company was forced to close its on December 9th, 1963 and ceased. Production of the Studebaker continued for two more years in

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2012

The marquis had been in the business for 100 years before the Avanti was In the mid-1950s the company lacked the of scale of the bigger U.S. like General Motors and compete with their They managed to tread by producing compact economy models that sold well for the times until when their volume by more than half.

Being described as one of the most milestones from the postwar the dapper Avanti was among the enterprising 1960s American Influenced by popular Italian cars of the time, including new E-Type, it featured incredibly American styling.

Just days after becoming of Studebaker in early 1961, Sherwood Egbert was doodling a during a jet plane ride would inspire the Avanti. designer Brooks Stevens did the he could do with dated cars and engine but Egbert a truly spectacular new car to grab the and aid the ailing automaker.

Stevens was updated higher-volume cars so enlisted the creative Raymond a well-known industrial designer a substantial auto design Loewy was in fact responsible for one of the eye-catching American car of the 1950’s; the Studebaker coupe. With a rough idea of what was wanting

the car would be designed by hand-picked team of Tom Kellogg, Job and veteran Bob Andrews. Andrews and had been longtime Loewy and Kellogg was a recent graduate the Art Center College of Design in California. His gifted team was to a rented desert bungalow Palm Springs, California to immerse themselves without any from Studebaker executives. For the talented team worked days on the design of the car.

The theme was clearly described to his with phrases like silhouette’ and ‘Coke-shape’ from He knew that Egbert flying so he designed an aircraft-style and even personally designed the openings, which mimicked the trajectory of the Russian Sputnik satellite.

On March 19, 1961 a clay model was give to Egbert by the group. The Studebaker president in love with it instantly. board approval the construction just five short after the team had began on it.

Never before had any big American ever progressed so quickly.

The end would be an impressive fiberglass design mounted onto a Studebaker Lark Daytona convertible chassis with an 289 Hawk engine. Construction was set to at Molded Fibreglass Body Co. at Ohio, which was the same that built fiberglass for the Chevy Corvette back in

Featuring a coke-bottle ‘waist’, the was truly something to behold. It had front fenders that back to the curved rear end and in a dynamic tail. The roof was and an extra-large window was found in the along with a built-in bar.

An air scoop was at the front a thin bumper and the hood had an hump. Passengers sat in four bucket seats, much ones found in an Alfa sports car. On the inside it did resemble an airplane cockpit aircraft-style controls and instruments even place above the

Since the design had been there wasn’t time or for wind-tunnel testing, but the Avanti itself to be amazingly aerodynamic. The team guessed at the car’s shape, but it paid off when the car hit nearly 200 mph. The body was of fiberglass, once again time and money were and left no roof for steel dies.

With a shortened Lark convertible frame and suspension with front and anti-sway bars the car was incredibly and also had bear radius to give exceptional handling.

Under the Avanti hood was an version of Studebakers aged but 289-cubic inch V8. Developing 240 in standard ‘R1′ form, ‘Jet Thrust’ engine dual exhausts, four-barrel a 3/4 –race high-lift camshaft and distributor. It supercharged ‘R2′ it developed impressive 290 horsepower.

supercharged ‘R3′ V8s engines produced that developed 335 An experimental ‘R4′ was a non-supercharged 280 hp V8 dual four-barrel carburetors. more impressive was a twin-supercharged, ‘R5′ V8 engine with ignition that produced 575

The personal luxury coupe was introduced at the New York International Show in April 26 of 1962. by Studebaker as ‘America’s Only 4 High-Performance Personal Car!’ it in production until December of The public was enthusiastic over the of the upscale Avanti, much to delight. Nicely equipped the and 1964 models had a base of $4,445.

Dubbed ‘America’s Advanced Automobile’ the Avanti was in red, gold, white, and black. Gray and maroon later offered. The Avanti was the expensive car in Studebaker’s lineup the Gran Turismo Hawk close second priced at

The Avanti was designed to compete the Buick Riviera, the Chevy Stingray and the Ford Thunderbird.

The of the 1962 Indianapolis 500, Ward won a Studebaker Avanti as of his prize package at the Annual Meeting. Ward became the private owner of an Avanti. same year a Studebaker convertible became the Indianapolis car and the Avant was dubbed the honorary car.


At a time when wasn’t the highest priority to automakers, Studebaker added that included door that became structural members when shut, interior and a built-in roll The Avanti became the first fiberglass body four-passenger car and the first to use caliper-style disc The Avanti featured front brakes that were Dunlop designed units under license by Bendix.

A Paxton supercharger was offered as an

One of the fastest cars during the some Avanti models with a supercharged V8 engine and had a top of 168 mph. A modified version reach 196 mph, which was for a 1960s production street

The plan was to sell 20,000 in 1962, but unfortunately only models were built. Fiberglass Co. which also Corvette fiberglass body messed up Avanti bodies and production for months. Unfortunately delays and cancelled orders quick to follow.

Though set up its own fiberglass production most ended up cancelling their and buying a Corvette or other sport car. Rumors at the same time that was on the edge of going out of business and in of 1963 they did close South Bend operation. The was barely closed before the 1964 Avanti left the

The Avanti title, plant and tooling were sold to Altman and Leo Newman, Studebaker in South Bend, Indiana. four decades after with Chevy V8 engines, Avanti replicas and new design would be produced through Newman and Altman bought the to the car and formed Avanti Motor and continued to create hand-built for years in the old plant dubbed II’.

Powered came a Corvette V8 and Gene Hardig; the Avanti head engineer was to take on his old role. Altman that the Avanti was ‘too to let it … and worked diligently for than a decade to keep it Nearly identical to the Studebaker the Avanti II however lost its front rake and featured the V8 engine.

It was of a much higher quality and the was able to select their own and other high-grade interior Altman died in the mid-1970s and his sold the operation.

In Canada 1966 various Larks and other models were For some 1964 models the 240- and 290-horsepower V8s were In 1963 a total of 3,835 were produced.

The following the numbers totaled at 809. One can tell the models apart by the headlights of ’63 and square of ’64.

Ian Fleming, James author ordered a black and shipped it overseas when he outside of the U.S.

Today an number of Avanti’s have the test of time. Thanks to the construction of the day and their no-rust body. A ’63 or ’64 R1 is at $10,800 in good condition and double that at $20,500 if in condition according to the Cars of Interest guide.

A R2 can go for $12,000 to




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