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  1. 2 hours ago, Rick Allen said:

    Yes, I know how it is I'm in  a similar situation; is/was your friend's car titled as a '63 or '64; seems with that production # is would be a '63?,,,

    Production Avanti serial numbers.

    1963     63R-1001 through R-4834

    1964          R-4835 through R-5643

  2. 2 hours ago, Nelson said:

    You mean maroon not red?
    I thought 5640 was gold. Just simply remembering an ad for it thirty years ago but that was a long time ago and my memory isn’t always accurate anymore.

    I have an undated early AOAI Roster listing it as Gold.

    The 1976 AOAI Roster has it listed as Red.

  3. 1 hour ago, mfg said:

    Bob that's 63R1025 🙂

    I tried to provide some information that I thought would be of interest to forum members.

    For some reason you think it is necessary to take issue with the serial number.

    Before you criticise someone make sure you are correct.

    Actually you are wrong.

    The correct number is 63R-1025.



  4. 3 hours ago, mfg said:

    Pretty sure Nelson...Not sure of its 'EX' number...however, it was  eventually sold off in '64 after being re-serialed R5653.

    R-5653 was prototype EX-2945.

    Originally built as an R-1 with engine number EX-2123.

  5. The Avanti like other Studebaker models had disposable thin plastic covers installed at the factory to protect the seats.

    These were not the thick clear plastic covers used for furniture.

    The covers were not removed until we delivered the car to the customer or the car was used for showroom display.

  6. 16 hours ago, r1lark said:

    I'm not convinced that the fan shroud was part of the Lark High Performance Package. I'll try to dig out the list of the package components.


    At least one car may have had the shroud as part of the package.


  7. 4 hours ago, mfg said:

    The family quite often referred to 'Herman'  as 'Ray'.....

    I'm a bit surprised a knowledgeable fellow like yourself didn't know that bobby!


    Is this all you have?

    I thought you would have a definitive answer.



  8. On 12/31/2022 at 10:10 PM, mfg said:

    What was the important event in the historic story of the Studebaker Avanti that occurred on 4/25/62?


    4 minutes ago, mfg said:

    Not sure, but I suppose they could  have snuck an R3 Avanti out there to see just what it could do!

    (pre speed runs?)

    Nothing happened on that date.

    At the time only two prototype Avantis were built, one was in New York for the auto show and the second was in South Bend for the Shareholders Meeting for the unveiling on April 26, 1962.

    There were no R-3s available at that time.

  9. 17 hours ago, mfg said:

    Thanks, I appreciate that...bobby usually does need a bit of clarification!

    Just like I had to clarify for you in Avanti Record that the #9 Avanti did not run 178.50 mph at Bonneville.

    Now clarify this.

    Since Nate Altman did not have a brother Ray how did this transaction occur?

    Nate had two brothers Arnold D. and Herman S. Altman.


  10. 1 hour ago, mfg said:

    So, you don't feel the Altman family was connected with Avanti Motors?

    You really need to brush up on your Avanti history Bobby!!!

    Don't you see something wrong with the details?

    You need to brush up on your Avanti history Eddy.


  11. On 12/29/2022 at 7:08 PM, mfg said:

    Avanti Motors once accepted an American impressionist painting as payment for a new Avanti ll.......


    False, it was not Avanti Motors.

    Fremont F. Ellis traded his 1963 Avanti and one of his paintings to Ray Altman for his 1967 Avanti II.891296568_FremontEllis.thumb.png.d5cecd3b7c2516020c39e164f9e004c6.png

  12. 20 hours ago, mfg said:

    Studebaker Avanti engineering prototype # EX2943 was ultimately assigned  (higher than production) serial number ........?......

    1) R5651......2) R5652......3) R5653..... or.....4) None of these


    None of these.

    EX-2943 was destroyed by fire.


  13. On 12/25/2022 at 2:43 PM, mfg said:

    When an R3 powered Studebaker Avanti (#9) reached a speed of 178.5 MPH at Bonneville in 1963, it was part of a .......?...... mile record run...(this speed recorded on return run)

    1)Ten....2) Twenty.....3) Forty......or......4) Fifty

    That is incorrect.

    Granatelli drove Avanti #9 at Bonneville in 1963 and set all of the records below verified by USAC.


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