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Hello All,

This is my first post and I'm truly an eager newby to the Studebaker world being a new owner of a rough but restorable R1 for a little over a week. I'll keep this brief...the barn-fresh Avanti that I just bought originally came with a 3 speed and after buying the build sheet from the museum Andy noticed that the total production of 3 speed Avantis was around 30 cars. Is there an Avanti registry that would show how many 3 speed cars have survived?

Curious.....

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Hello All,

This is my first post and I'm truly an eager newby to the Studebaker world being a new owner of a rough but restorable R1 for a little over a week. I'll keep this brief...the barn-fresh Avanti that I just bought originally came with a 3 speed and after buying the build sheet from the museum Andy noticed that the total production of 3 speed Avantis was around 30 cars. Is there an Avanti registry that would show how many 3 speed cars have survived?

Curious.....

I've owned Avanti's since 1976, and I never heard of a 3-speed manual transmission.

Live and learn ... ;)

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Mine was a 3 spd, but it isnt anymore. Quite frankly it was horrible to drive

so my guess is, of the 30 Avantis that came with 3 spds, only a few would

still have the 3 spd in it. The T-86 is a crappy trans, the gear spread is not

useful, and the non-syncro first gear makes life difficult. I just finished the

install of a TKO 5 speed manual trans and have NO regrets. Sure I thought

about how rare it must be, but I didnt want to drive it! It certainly would only

be worth money to someone that knew they came with 3 spds, and thats a

very few group of people. Even the experts were stumped when I showed

them the proof. Here is the detailed thread on SDC :

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_f...?TOPIC_ID=13734

I will be rewriting it for an article in Avanti Magazine if Lew wants.

Tom

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I own a completely original 26,000 mile `63 with a 3-speed. Mine is also a radio delete, with the only options being white wall tires & front seat belts. the window sticker was $4,557.83, the invoice $3,554.57, and the invoice shows the original owner paid $3,650.00. So not only was he cheap, but he drove a hard bargain, just like me! The following information I got from George Krem, who researched all the Avanti production records: 3-speed transmission, 1963=67, 1964=11. Radio delete, 1963=140, 1964=25.

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No overdrive, was not an option

I know of one 1964 car that had a three speed and was converted to overdrive with a T85 out of a 1958 Golden Hawk.This car belongs to the daughter of the late Hugh Studebaker in Elmhurst Illinois.

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And the original factory four speed was a wide ratio unit with a rather odd spread in ratios between 3rd and 4th gear which made 3rd rather a "short" ride and a little useless. But then other wide ratio fours I ve seen had the bad spread between 2nd and 3rd. Of the two the Stude is preferrable, in my estimation. I've always preferred a close ratio, but only if the back gears are 3.73 or "bigger". Overall the Stude ratio with 3.31 back gears is probably best, IMHO.

auggie

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