Factory Supercharged: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2

The Avanti delivered a lot of things during its production life, but the one thing that it couldn’t achieve was to dig Studebaker out of the financial black hole that would eventually consume the company. Today, the Avanti has… more»

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Supercharged Manual: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R-2

The Avanti was Studebaker’s answer to the Ford Thunderbird and intended as a halo car for the ailing independent auto manufacturer. Created under the direction of famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, fewer than 6000 were made from April 1962… more»

Supercharged Project: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2

This 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 is a case of appearing far worse than it actually is, as despite its roughshod looks and evidence of vandalism, the car is actually quite solid underneath and comes with numerous spare parts needed… more»

Parked For 48 Years! 1964 Studebaker Avanti

It is a fact that the RMS Titanic sank because by the time the iceberg was spotted, the evasive maneuvers attempted by the crew were too little, too late. The same is true of Studebaker as a manufacturer. The… more»

Stored 40 Years: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1

By the early 1960s, Studebaker-Packard’s finances had weakened again, and they needed a Hail Mary or two in order to stay afloat. Conceived on a cocktail napkin in 1961 and put into production just 15 months later, the Avanti… more»

Backyard Find: 1979 Avanti II Coupe

Every car enthusiast I know would be completely OK with a backyard that looked like the one this 1979 Avanti II is parked in. The seller is in Florida and has numerous vehicles under cover in what looks like… more»

Hidden for 30 Years: 1982 Avanti II

The Avanti underwent numerous transformations as it evolved under different ownership groups, but with its general appearance rarely changing too much, it has always enjoyed a following regardless of what was happening in the background at headquarters. This 1982… more»

Driver Quality: 1983 Studebaker Avanti

The Avanti remains an underappreciated classic in my book, especially as it relates to the kind of car you can buy for short money and maintain on a relatively tight budget if need be. The running gear is dirt-cheap… more»

R2 Supercharger! 1963 Studebaker Avanti

If you ask most any Studebaker aficionado what car their Holy Grail is, chances are that person would say the limited run Avanti with the supercharged engine. Only 4,643 Avanti’s were built for 1963-64 with 40 percent of those… more»

Fiberglass Project: 1978 Avanti II

The Avanti was the iconic car created by Studebaker for 1963-64 that came along too late to save the company. But even after the firm folded, the car lived on through five ownership situations that produced the Avanti II… more»

Rough R1: 1963 Studebaker Avanti

One of the more dangerous project acquisitions is the rare car that has issues that might otherwise cause you to pass if it weren’t a desirable model. In this case, it’s a genuine 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1 that needs… more»

R2 Supercharger! 1963 Studebaker Avanti

If the Avanti was Studebaker’s Holy Grail, then the Avanti’s own masterpiece was the supercharged 289 V8 that went into just 40% of the cars that were produced. The first Avanti rolled off the assembly line in mid-1962 and… more»

Supercharged 1964 Studebaker Avanti R2!

The Avanti was in production a mere 18 months, too little and too late to save Studebaker from the Grim Reaper. It was marketed as “America’s only four-passenger high-performance personal car.” The supercharged version of the Avanti was the… more»

23k Original Miles: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1

At one time or another, most major vehicle manufacturers will introduce a “halo” model designed to entice buyers into their showrooms. For Studebaker, that car was the Avanti, but it wasn’t enough to save the company from financial collapse…. more»

Running Project: 1980 Avanti II

This listing has some nostalgia value for me because an Avanti was the first car I tested as an automotive writer. I didn’t yet know that the manufacturers would lend cars, so I borrowed it from a local dealer…. more»

R1 Survivor: 1963 Studebaker Avanti

Everyone has one or more cars on their “wish I had one list.” In my case, the original Studebaker Avanti would top mine. It was a spectacular, innovative automobile that came along too late to save Studebaker. It was… more»