View Full Version : Does someone have pics of a custom 2 seat avanti?

04-12-2009, 06:30 PM
Hi all,

I remember seeing a picture of a avanti, that was shortened, and the rear seat elimenated. Does anyone know what I am talking about, and have a picture of it?


Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

04-12-2009, 06:40 PM
I have several pictures that I can't scan tonight. The car was discussed on forum within the last two months in relation to a South Texas car show. It may also be in the pictures from the Omaha International Meet.


Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.

04-12-2009, 06:42 PM
Thanks, I'll look into that.

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

Bob Langer
04-12-2009, 06:46 PM
This post has some pictures.


Bob Langer


04-12-2009, 06:52 PM
I took these at Omaha, just in time too as it was the last day. In case anyone forgot, here's a set http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Smilies/jumping-smiley-016.gif :


Shoulda, woulda, coulda been http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Smilies/music-smiley-007.gif.......


04-12-2009, 07:11 PM
That is it alright, sorry if this offends anyone, but this looks way cooler than the original. Thanks for the fast responses,

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

04-12-2009, 07:14 PM
I agree Dylan. I like this one a LOT more than the 'regular' Avanti's. [^]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA


04-12-2009, 07:59 PM
I'm in love [:I]


04-12-2009, 08:37 PM
Here are a few pics/tidbits...


Bob Johnstone

64 GT Hawk
55 President State Sedan
70 Avanti (R3)

04-12-2009, 11:12 PM
That car was done so well that I don't know how many times I walked right past it and didn't even notice something was different!

04-13-2009, 11:11 AM
Did studebaker ever plan on making a avanti like this one?

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

04-13-2009, 11:43 AM
I've seen the car here before, but never the interior.
Wow, I'm impressed with the fit and finish or the rear seat area.
First rate work!

Great looking car.
If I had it I'd be tempted to put it on a more modern/sporty chassis to make it handle as good as it looks. Imagine that with 4 wheel disks and upgraded steering.
It puts a Corvette to shame.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

04-13-2009, 01:22 PM
quote:Originally posted by silverhawk

Did studebaker ever plan on making a avanti like this one?

Dylan Wills

As far as the design sketch level, there were many different variations of the Avanti. There are views of many different Avanti body styles shown on the walls of the Palm Beach design studio/house, including the Avanti two seat roadster that I have. These were mostly done by Tom Kellogg of the Loewy design team. Other than what was produced, a two door sedan and a four door sedan came the closest to production (of course a convertible, LSC and four door sedan post Studebaker).

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

04-13-2009, 01:58 PM
Agree, it looks great and I'll admit I've thought about doing it more than once. That Avanti Evo Coupe is a timeless work of art. The line of the door glass and the back of the door down into the rocker is pure genius, even better than the original.

thnx, jack vines


04-13-2009, 02:03 PM
Not feelin it, looks unbalanced. The extra fiberglass running up the
door edge is the deal killer for me.


'63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires

55 prez
04-14-2009, 11:44 AM
This was one of Tom Kellog's personal Avanti's and is now owned by one of our Ozark Trails Chapter members. It is absolutely beautiful.

Jim Caldwell
"The view don't change if you ain't the lead dog"

04-14-2009, 09:26 PM
If we're lucky it may appear at The Tulsa Zone meet.
you coming Jim with those loud horns ;)?



"I sweat alot to keep others cool"

04-14-2009, 09:30 PM
Very cool, wonder how much less it weighs then a stock Avanti?

Wonder if that's where AMC got the idea for the AMX?

Jeff DeWitt

04-14-2009, 09:54 PM
quote:Originally posted by 55Prez

Here are a few pics/tidbits...


Just an interesting OT note: The man in that picture smoking the pipe looks remarkably like my father in his younger days. His name? Robert Andrews![:0]:)

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

04-15-2009, 01:24 PM
quote:Originally posted by JeffDeWitt

Very cool, wonder how much less it weighs then a stock Avanti?

Wonder if that's where AMC got the idea for the AMX?

Jeff DeWitt

It woud be the other way around. This shortened Avanti was built long after Studebaker built Avantis.
Of course, you could say it was your way if Tom Kellogg was working from a sketch that he did in the 1960s. The AMX came out in the 1960s, so who knows how early they had the initial concept design.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer