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murph the surf

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    Have a varied car collection ranging from an all original 1928 Pierce Arrow Coupe,to a 1988 Porsche 930 Cabriolet-but the Studebaker Avanti has always been my obsession.Have two '63 R1's-one 4 speed,the other an automatic,as well as a totally original '64 turquoise/turquoise R2.

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  1. In John Hull's book "Studebaker Avanti Operation Airlift", the plane pictured that accompanied the Fairchild C82 carrying the two Avantis,and that was used to shuttle Studebaker executives from city to city during " Operation Airlift" was indeed the Lodestar. The differing passenger capacity of the planes would have undoubtedly dictated usage.
  2. Wow!..very interesting letter!
  3. Yes, the window configuration in the picture looks similar to that of a Queen Air...
  4. The corporate aircraft used by Studebaker Corporation executives during the Avanti era was a: 1) Douglas DC3 2) Boeing 247 3) Convair CV240 4) Douglas DC6 5) Howard 250 Lodestar 6) De Havilland DH 114 Heron
  5. In search of a model to replace the aging line of Studebaker passenger cars (other than the Avanti) beginning in the 1964 model year, Studebaker considered several options, one option being an Avanti-influenced, Avanti-based full model lineup. The man sent to France, to oversee the construction of the fully functional metal bodied prototype for the Avanti-based lineup was: 1) Otto Klausmeyer 2) Otis Romine 3) John Ebstein 4) Brooks Stevens
  6. It does sound like something Loewy could have especially valued Ebstein for,but that’s not the correct answer.
  7. certainly a logical thought, but not the correct answer.
  8. John Ebstein, one of 4 members as well as the nominal project manager of the team who finalized the design for the Avanti in 1961, was invaluable to Raymond Loewy on the Avanti Design project, as well as other Loewy projects, and was hired by Raymond Loewy because of his: 1) "creative sensibility" 2) ability to beat a deadline 3) unique skill on collaborating with a product's engineers 4) airbrushing skills
  9. This is indeed R4130. The "all custom" that Mr. Egbert references in his ad refers to the many hand-fabricated, non production items installed on the car by Studebaker Engineering that were unique to this car, which, as we know,was was a "test mule" car for running changes to be introduced on the '64 models. Most of these items were hand-made by Engineering, and were somewhat different than the items as they subsequently appeared on the '64 models. The "built by Granatelli" references the performance modifications that were done to 4130 by Granatelli after it served it had served its duty as the "prototype"-for the interior and exterior engineering testing- at that point, the car was sent to Granatelli's shop in Santa Monica, and an R3 engine was installed, along with a unique supercharger cooling unit, as well as a set of Halibrands. Many engine accessories were chromed as well. The "custom interior" undoubtedly references the non-production styled thick back bucket seats, pre-production tilt wheel, pre-production solid color interior, wood grain trim metal-grated interior air vents, ('64's had plastic grating) '64 style (but hand-made) rear window latches, door handles,etc etc. Quite probably as a "test mule", the finish of the car took its lumps, and George Barris's shop in Los Angeles was a logical choice for new paint.
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