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  1. A 1987 Avanti convertible with original mileage of 922 miles is being offered for sale on Hemmings Make Offer website.  It is currently receiving an offer within $9,500 of the asking price.  Very unusual, because of the low miles and like-new condition. there is no wear on any surface, body, soft top, interior, chassis or engine compartment.  Wire wheels are pristine too.  The tires even have their original South Bend air inside ! 😎

    Here is the link: https://www.hemmings.com/auction/1987-avanti-ii-396173





  2. During the AOAI's June 2022 national meet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin celebrating the Avanti's 60th anniversary meet participants got a chance to listen to Jim Bunting about what transpired in the creation in 1997 of the AVanti eXperimental, otherwise known as the AVX automobile.  Because of the three prototypes created, John Seaton and Mike Kelly were able to continue Avanti production in Villa Rica, Georgia beginning with models in 2001. 

    Enjoy the 35 minute presentation from this year's meeting.



  3. On the way home from last week's Milwaukee 60th anniversary meeting, we grabbed a a few photos after exiting I-55, and promptly had to wait for a the very long freight train of coal cars.
    We got off Interstate 55 and headed to historic route 66 into Carlinville, Illinois for the last leg of the trip to get some scenic photographs.
    This first two shots are while waiting for a train to pass heading into Carlinville, Illinois. The next two shots are in Staunton, Illinois by a old shop. There is an old 1962 Lark along the building. The final two shots in Staunton show the car along Illinois Route 4 in front of the Historic Route 66 signs at the corner of Pearl and Hackman streets. Last photo is getting gas for the last time in Glen Carbon, Illinois, off of Interstate 270, about 35 miles from home.
    Before leaving the gas station, a younger guy took a photo of the car with his phone and asked about it, and an older guy asked about the car and I handed him one of the informational cards about AVX 1!







  4. On 3/16/2022 at 7:20 PM, 64studeavanti said:

    According to research by George Krem as published on page 30 of "The Studebaker Avanti Production Data" all 9 had TT with 3 having 4.09 axle ratios and 2 having 4.55 ratios.

    And the very first production R3 came from the factory with a 4:55 TT rear axle ratio.  Within a couple of months after it was sold, the first owner replaced the high numerical ratio with something less, I believe it was 3:73



  5. There is a very good, step-by-step 7 page article on Avanti dash pad replacement in Avanti Magazine Issue 189, winter/spring 2020, replacing the dash pad that is made by Nostalgic Motorcars using original molds and tooling.   Here is the first page of the article:

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  6. There were sketches by Sherwood Egbert and Raymond Loewy of a targa-type roof for the Avanti, but none such car was produced. The first owner of this car above, 63R-2833 in Pasadena, California had his Avanti modified with a targa style roof.  It was auctioned in March 2019 at the RM/Southeby's Fort Lauderdale, Florida auction for $104,500, including buyer's fees. 

    We had two articles on the car in Avanti Magazine Issue 186, spring/summer 2019. 

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  7. I can't make out the serial number on your production order, but it begins with R-45xx  so what is the full serial number?   Your production order says that your Avanti was tagged 99 Las Vegas Driveaway.   So it should be listed among all the driveaway cars on pages 20 and 21 of Avanti Magazine Issue 195 last fall.  

    Because it is a 1963 model, it would have had speckled carpet, black and some other color, probably black and red speckled carpet.   Over 60 years of use and several owners, it very well could have had the carpets replaced with all black carpets.   What color is the carpet on the. bottom of your door panels?  

    Since you're in Finland,  email Dan Booth at avantisrus@gmail.com   and you can ask about his Born reports and see if anything mentions carpets.

  8. 35 minutes ago, 64studeavanti said:

    All my Stude Avantis have undercoating. The 63 I am currently working on had primer before the undercoating. I believe the factory undercoating to protect the fiberglass from gravel and other debris being kicked up from the wheels. 


    Of course, after all these years, the undercoating could have been added after the fact.

    Often the selling dealer applied the undercoating as an extra cost way for the dealer to earn more.

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