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bams50
02-19-2010, 08:30 PM
Wasn't listed under 'Studebaker':

http://tinyurl.com/yeoof43

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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GOD BLESS AMERICA

Steve T
02-19-2010, 08:40 PM
...Nor should it have been, despite being very much a related design. (It's interesting to compare the Avanti Touring Sedan with the four-door Avanti-like concept car Loewy oversaw for Stude themselves.)

I wouldn't mind cruising round southern Ontario in this car...Hamilton Chapter has a couple post-Stude Avantis, but no four-doors. Luckily, the price is far beyond me at the moment...[:p]

S.

rockne10
02-19-2010, 09:12 PM
Few of us has ever owned one of these; I certainly haven't so can't speak from experience but, I have heard these had a number of electrical issues, a problem severely compounded by no wiring plan, schematic or organized harness.
Only relating what I've heard.

Thomas63R2
02-19-2010, 11:26 PM
I like the 4 door Avanti, just make mine red.

A collector car with 12k miles, great interior and exterior - I can deal with electrical. Although I would be surprised if it had much of any issues.

I would change out the wheels, probably to a 16" or 17" wire wheel.

Thomas

dean pearson
02-20-2010, 02:05 AM
Up until a few months ago I didn't even know there was such a thing as a four door Avanti.
Normally I don't like four door cars but I think these are an exception to that rule.
The interior on them is just amazing.

Dean.

clonelark
02-20-2010, 08:44 AM
Sure looks like a comfortable ride to me. I'd own it in a heartbeat, and drive it too every Studebaker meet i can make.
Isnt it a on late (89-90) Chevrolet platform?

http://i45.tinypic.com/15cnk3b.gif http://i49.tinypic.com/20zsg13.jpg

Avantidon
02-20-2010, 12:31 PM
That's one of the most awful looking cars I have ever seen. Not my cup of tea when it comes to Avantis. Someone should buy it to say they have one of the nine or so built.

studegary
02-20-2010, 02:31 PM
quote:Originally posted by clonelark

Sure looks like a comfortable ride to me. I'd own it in a heartbeat, and drive it too every Studebaker meet i can make.
Isnt it a on late (89-90) Chevrolet platform?



Yes, it is on a 1990 Caprice sedan chassis.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Studedude1961
02-20-2010, 02:33 PM
The thick C and B pillars give the car an overgrown plastic toy model look that I never found appealing at all.

studegary
02-20-2010, 02:33 PM
quote:Originally posted by Avantidon

That's one of the most awful looking cars I have ever seen. Not my cup of tea when it comes to Avantis. Someone should buy it to say they have one of the nine or so built.


To each his own. We like it and came very close to buying one new. They have a fantastic interior (for 1990).

I don't know where you get "...nine or so..." The car on eBay is number 51. There were at least 90 built.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

bams50
02-20-2010, 02:47 PM
I've always wondered about the quality of these cars, what with the pieced-together nature of them. Chevy engine, Pontiac GP/Bonneville console, generic GM interior handles, and worst of all (to me) the super-cheap looking 'Avanti' sticker slapped on the basic plain-Jane air cleaner[xx(] I marveled over that console and 90s-fancy controls when they were current... they look dated in this car, though. Much like the Tiffany cars out there. Still, I know the foundational mechanics, and they're pretty good stuff. I could tell a lot more with a 10-minute sit-down and drive around the block.

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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GOD BLESS AMERICA

Samjoe
02-20-2010, 09:18 PM
I've always liked the 4 doors. When I get too old to drive, thats what I want to be Chauffeured around in.

JBOYLE
02-21-2010, 12:22 AM
I rather like them...but as I said in a past post about them, the overly thick pillars and lack of window trim make them a bit odd.

I've always wondered if some trim (stainless or at the risk of being a sterotype 80s-style black) might make the pillars look slimmer.

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

Washington State

Rich
02-21-2010, 02:03 AM
I've owned my 4-door for several years - long enough to replace just about every part on it! Can't leave well enough alone. This pic is with 15" wheels, but it now sports 17" Boyd Coddington wheels. The ride and drive is great (now that it has poly bushings and new springs/shocks...:-)

BTW, I've re-wired my car, not because the original wiring was faulty, but to update a lot of things and mostly to clean up the look.

I've located 51 of the 90 built so far.

http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu132/RichardMor/P6050020SolidRockShows.jpg

http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu132/RichardMor/P1010243.jpg

I talked to the owner of this car on Ebay. It would be a great buy for someone in the price range it's currently at. Needs nothing.


Richard Morris
Renton, WA
90 Avanti 4-door #78
Previously owned 64 & 85 Avantis

sbca96
02-21-2010, 04:14 PM
Being on a Caprice chassis, you could upgrade the suspension pieces
with Impala sway bars from 94-96. A set of Bilstein sport shocks and
some Hotchkis springs , add 17 x 9 wheels and outhandle an original
Avanti with ease. Drop in an LT1 from an Impala or Caprice 9C1 and be
able to take an R2 Avanti. I would be inclined to paint the vertical
bar between the front and rear side windows black.

Tom

'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

candbstudebakers
02-05-2017, 08:12 PM
I talked to a lady that has number 75 and said that there were 90 or 91 made mine is 87, also would like original price range of them and did any come with steel wheels and Avanti wheel cover? She also told me that the later ones after 35 made a lot of correction to the originals, so I hope this one pans out good, 35,654 miles on the clock.

This one was once owned by
Weldon Critcher in Boone NC, anyone know of it or remember it? white with tan interior.