Hmmm.....a while back Ed you asked this question: The Studebaker Avanti used in the Murphy-Carroll-Neiland cross-country Sears tire test was a late 1963 model...........true?
My response was as follows: Oh boy, this gets into the whole "what is the point at which the '63s stopped and the '64s began" discussion, doesn't it? The Allstate cross-country car was a square headlight car (see video below), plus it was built after the summer 'break' (early July to early August) in production. To me, that is two reasons to call it an early '64 Avanti, so I'll say false. Cool YouTube video of the start of the Allstate cross country run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYz3Q4fyu3U
Your response was: And false is CORRECT!...............( It looks to me the Avanti in question is clearly a 1964 model). Thanks for posting the excellent video!
So, being built after the summer break, and being a square headlight car...............why isn't Gary's answer correct?
Perhaps you are looking for "#3 1963 Transition Model "since the Sears/Allstate car (R4938) was built during the time that both 'round' and 'square' headlight Avantis were coming off the line? Or that R4928 was built during the period that both 1963 option numbers/paint code cars and 1964 option numbers/paint code cars were coming off the line together? I don't have a copy of R4938's Production Order to determine whether it has the '63 or the '64 option numbers/paint codes........that would be the determining factor in my mind.
However, knowing you Ed (not being disparaging here, but a compliment ) you have probably uncovered some information that points to this car being something other than a 1964 model, so I'm waiting to see that. Until then, I tend to agree with Gary that it's a 1964 model. Wish I had a copy of R4938's Production Order tho..........