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I HAVE AN EARLY 1963 R1 AVANTI

THE SPEEDO READS 140 MPH

A FRIEND HAS AN EARLY R2 AVANTI AND THE SPEEDO READS 140

MY 57 GH READS 160

ANOTHER FRIENDS 56 GH READS 160

WHY THE LOWER MPH ON THE EARLY CARS./. WAS GRANATELLI NOT YET A T BONNEVILLE

WOULD HAVE THOUGHT STUDE EXECS WOULD WANT HIGHER MPH TO ATTRACT RACER TYPES?

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WHAT NUMBER IS YOUR CAR

160 MPH WERE AVAILABLE AS I MENTIONED

IF YOUR CAR IS EARLY ITS LIKELY THEY PUT IN A 140

SOMEBODY OUT THERE WILL KNOW

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That's an interesting question.....One would think ALL Stude Avantis would have been equipped with a 160 speedo from the get-go!

(Even my 1955 President Speedster has a 160 speedometer....and it's only 259 powered!:o)

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i AM 1355 AND i KNOW 1458..THEY ARE BOTH 140

THESE ARE EARLY CARS AND I THINK THAT IS THE REASON

I HOPE WE CAN FIND SOME SERIAL #S WHERE WE SEE WHEN THEY SWITCHED

MY 57 GH HAS A 160 MPH SPEEDO AND IT WAS PRODUCED 6 YEARS PRIOR!

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Interesting.  My '63 R2 #2658 has its build sheet on 12/27/'62.  So were there 356 cars built in one day and that day being  Dec. 26th?  The final assembly date was 01/16/'63, so is that what we're talking about which might make sense that 356 cars built between 12/26/'62 to 01/16/'63.  That would give us (14) working days between 12/27/'62 to 01/16/63 with Dec. 31st & Jan 1st taken as holidays.  That still would be 25+ Avantis per day.  Does that make sense as far as a production rate for end of December '62 and into January '63?  Wiser ones among us will have an answer to this or maybe I should take it up on the Stude forum?

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For some reason Studebaker put 140 MPH speedos in early 1963 Avanti R2's.  Perhaps the 160 speedo wasn't available yet.  The Virgil Marple auction sold three '63 R2 Avantis, and if memory serves me, all had 140 speedos.  Also, Dave Kinney's 63R1002 R2 Avanti is an R2 and has a 140 speedo.  That car was restored meticulously, so must be authentic.

The initial version of the Avanti Authenticity Manual did not point out this issue.  I hope someone has notified the author.
--Dwight

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On 9/11/2020 at 7:23 PM, dleroux said:

Interesting.  My '63 R2 #2658 has its build sheet on 12/27/'62.  So were there 356 cars built in one day and that day being  Dec. 26th?  The final assembly date was 01/16/'63, so is that what we're talking about which might make sense that 356 cars built between 12/26/'62 to 01/16/'63.  That would give us (14) working days between 12/27/'62 to 01/16/63 with Dec. 31st & Jan 1st taken as holidays.  That still would be 25+ Avantis per day.  Does that make sense as far as a production rate for end of December '62 and into January '63?  Wiser ones among us will have an answer to this or maybe I should take it up on the Stude forum?

Is that when the production order was written or the Avanti ordered and not when it was built?.  I have 2658 as being a January 1963 build.

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