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    St. Louis, Mo.
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    Avanti and Studebaker

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    63 R1 Avanti 1250 & 63 R2 Avanti 1122

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  1. You're probably correct, StudeGary.... bleachers were probably sourced locally. They would take some time to move and set up.
  2. Hagerty's price is in the ballpark, $16,000 for #4, Fair condition, although it could probably sell somewhere in the low $20k range. #4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. "Fair" is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle. It sounds like your Avanti is a running, driving car with few if any mechanical issues. I'd say that $16k to $25k would be a very good, fair price.
  3. FALSE!! Operation Airlift brought two cars, both EX-serial numbered prototypes (EX-R5652, a white car with orange interior and EX-R5653, gold with red interior) were either introduced in one or two cites each day, May 1 through May 24. May 1, 1962 in Boston; May 2, New York; May 3; Philadelphia in the morning, and Wash. DC in the afternoon; May 4, Pittsburgh; May 7, Detroit in the morning, and Cleveland in the afternoon; May 8, Dayton, Ohio; May 9, Chicago in the morning, and Minneapolis in the afternoon; May 10, Omaha; May 11, Kansas City in the morning, and St. Louis in the afternoon; May 14, Memphis in the morning, and Atlanta in the afternoon; May 15, Miami; May 16, Tampa in the morning, and New Orleans in the afternoon; May 17, Fort Worth, Texas; May 18, Houston; May 22, Los Angeles in the morning, and San Francisco in the afternoon; May 24, Portland, Oregon, in the morning, and Seattle in the afternoon.
  4. In today's mail from Old Cars Weekly:
  5. The Avanti convertibles from 1987 to 1991 are unique and not the same as any other car. The factory originally tried to adapt a Chevy Cavalier convertible top, but discovered that this would not work. Avanti Motors, at the time had the top material and mechanisms made by Dura Convertible Systems, a business unit of Collins & Aikman, Inc. In 2007, Collins & Aikman, and all of its holdings were liquidated in bankruptcy. Dura Convertible Systems was closed as an operating business, and its assets sold off at auction. Now, as to Dura's Avanti activities, they were never "regular" business for Avanti. The Avanti engineer that designed the system administered everything about Avanti as an advanced engineering project with Dura, and had prototype suppliers make or assemble all things. The patterns wound up in the hands of Lewis Vinyl Trim in Adrian, Mi. The owner does custom trim work on convertible tops, seats, carpets, door panels, etc. At one point, Avanti was supplied by Robbins Auto Tops in Oxnard, CA [ https://www.robbinsautotopco.com ], a large highly reputable after market convertible top supplier, with an '88 pattern. They don't list Avanti on their website, but may still have the pattern, as they seldom destroy a pattern, which may help you with the top material and pads, but not necessarily with the frame and bows. Anyway, I hope that helps a little. There is also a company in Florida that can make the top material for you, I'll have to look up the name later. But you still need the top and bows. If I may ask, what happened to the frame and bows? Lew
  6. lschuc

    Air Pressure

    You should really replace your tires. 12 years is much too long to use tires. With steel belted radial tires, all tire manufacturers recommend replacing tires at least after 6 years, although some say it is safe to wait 8-10 years at most. The reason is that rubber degrades and can separate from the steel or rayon internal belts. Many automakers tell owners to replace tires six years after their production date, regardless of tread life. Tire manufacturers such as Continental and Michelin say a tire can last up to 10 years provided you get annual tire inspections after the fifth year. Cracks in a tire's rubber begin to develop over time, appearing on the surface and/or inside the tire as well. This cracking can eventually cause the steel belts in the tread to separate from the rest of the tire. Improper maintenance and heat accelerate the process. Since you say that your tires have been on your Avanti for at least 12 years, most likely the date code on the tire's sidewall will indicate that your tires are at least several years older. Over or under inflation can cause rubber degradation or separation from the belts on the inside of the tire, and that is most likely what caused the bubble to appear on your tire. Please remove your wheels and get your tires replace as soon as possible. They all me look like they have a lot of tread life left, but underneath the tread, they are an accident waiting to happen. If the tire comes apart on the highway at speed, that can lead to body damage and / or an accident that can injure or kill someone in your car or another car. Please do not drive on your old tires!! See: https://m.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=138 Or: https://www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance/how-old-and-dangerous-are-your-tires.html
  7. lschuc

    Air Pressure

    If the bubble is on the sidewall, It sounds like the tire has a broken belt and needs to be replaced. If left on the car, it could result in a blowout.
  8. Contact George at Olympus Avanti. I saw these window switches at his South Bend swap meet tables last weekend. His contact information is in his full page ad in the last several issues of Avanti Magazine.
  9. The AOAI memorabilia committee has what is probably the only tractor feed computer printout of virtually all the parts used for the 1990 Avanti four-door cars. Let me know here what you're looking for and when we usually meet once a week, I can look up the part number.
  10. But my '63 black Avanti is an R1 and was built much earlier than the one supposedly sent to England. Mine was the 250th Avanti produced and the 15th black car with black and fawn interior.
  11. It was not the first black Avanti. My black '63 R1 is 63R-1250, and was the 15th black car.... but the first black car with a black & fawn interior. I've heard not long ago that Ian Fleming's car may be somewhere in Spain, but no confirmation yet. Lew
  12. Wow... where did you find this information? As far as I have heard, no one knew the car's serial number or engine number.
  13. if so, it is not even listed on my theavanticom site: http://www.theavanti.com/fleming.html
  14. Ian Fleming's Avanti?? I didn't realize that this was the serial number!
  15. Gary, it is more work than even I imagined!!
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