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MNAvanti
01-27-2011, 09:54 PM
I now have a 1963 Studebaker Avanti that was my dad's (he passed away). It's all original with 38,000 miles. Car has been stored for over 20 years. It's currently not running, as it needs work on the rear brakes (weren't getting fluid the last time it was driven). It needs to be completely re-sealed and probably some other engine related work. It should be pretty easy to get running.

Any rough thoughts on what this might be worth, as is? It was my dad's pride and joy, but it's been basically stored as long as I've been alive. He used to drive it once in a great while, but after the brake issue, he never drove it again. The car is in really great shape.

I hate to think about selling it, but maybe someone else can enjoy the car more than I can.

Any thoughts?

okc63avanti
01-27-2011, 10:00 PM
Sounds like a JDP opportunity ....

Milaca
01-27-2011, 10:17 PM
It would help a lot if you could post current pictures of it here. If you are unable to post pictures, I could give you my E-mail address so that you can send me the pictures so that I can post them here. Being that your name is MNAvanti, does that mean that you reside in Minnesota? Good luck on whatever you decide to do with the car.

JDP
01-27-2011, 11:03 PM
I now have a 1963 Studebaker Avanti that was my dad's (he passed away). It's all original with 38,000 miles. Car has been stored for over 20 years. It's currently not running, as it needs work on the rear brakes (weren't getting fluid the last time it was driven). It needs to be completely re-sealed and probably some other engine related work. It should be pretty easy to get running.

Any rough thoughts on what this might be worth, as is? It was my dad's pride and joy, but it's been basically stored as long as I've been alive. He used to drive it once in a great while, but after the brake issue, he never drove it again. The car is in really great shape.

I hate to think about selling it, but maybe someone else can enjoy the car more than I can.

Any thoughts?

It all depends on condition and equipment. The most valuable would be supercharged 4 speed car, than a supercharged automatic, next a standard engine with air conditioning, and last a base model automatic. Cars like that in excellent contention would bring 10K-15K for standard engines, up to 25K or more for supercharged cars. Cars needing, paint, interior and more attended to could be worth about half that or less. Hog trough, or frame rust, even less. I've recently bought Avanti's for as little as 4K, and even than they had good hog troughs and frames.

Here's a nice supercharged example I just sold as a rough guide to compare with your car, but pictures and a description of yours would help us.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290517569797

jlmccuan
01-27-2011, 11:18 PM
The last car I got (and still have) from MN had been in storage, too. It was in pretty fair condition. Please post more details.

mbstude
01-27-2011, 11:19 PM
The last car I got (and still have) from MN had been in storage, too. It was in pretty fair condition.

Understatement of the year?

jlmccuan
01-27-2011, 11:34 PM
The year is young.

Milaca
01-29-2011, 12:31 PM
I'm curious about this Avanti, especially if it's in Minnesota....would love to see it.

MNAvanti
01-29-2011, 01:00 PM
Thanks for the replies. I'm really not sure what engine is in it. It's definitely an automatic. My dad always used to say "it was the fastest production car of its time". The VIN (on the title) says 63R3920

It's going to take some effort to get into the spare garage and get pictures. There's about 2 feet of snow in front of all the doors.

It's light blue (baby blue...not sure of the official color name), and has the original 3 prong, "spinner" type wheels. The car really is in great shape.

MNAvanti
01-29-2011, 01:08 PM
JDP - my car looks a lot like the one from the e-bay listing (except the wheels are different).

Milaca
01-29-2011, 01:21 PM
JDP - my car looks a lot like the one from the e-bay listing (except the wheels are different).

Those are actually original hubcaps on JDP's Avanti, although slightly customized with black paint. If your color is original, it is most likely Avanti Turquoise Metallic, like Jim's car shown just above. The color looks different depending upon how the light reflects from it. Don't bother shoveling out your garage yet, more snow will soon be here. :)

This link shows colors that were available for 1963, but some of these color were not available on Avantis.
http://www.studebaker-info.org/Colors/Vscolor07/63VSCOLA.JPG

MNAvanti
01-29-2011, 01:58 PM
I fought thru the snow and took some pictures. Not sure how to add them on here, but e-mail me if you'd like to see them.

studefan
01-29-2011, 02:02 PM
MNAvanti, please check your personal messages above. Thanks

MNAvanti
01-29-2011, 02:34 PM
Thanks for the feedback. It is an R1 engine and the wheels are apparently after market.

Milaca
01-29-2011, 06:16 PM
Here are the first batch of pictures of the Avanti.
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Milaca
01-29-2011, 06:22 PM
Next batch of pictures.
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Appears to have clear vinyl seat covers protecting original upholstery?6875
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Milaca
01-29-2011, 06:27 PM
Last batch of pictures.
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JDP
01-29-2011, 06:32 PM
If the frame and hog troughs are solid, I'm guessing a 8-10K car based on a 2K or so budget to make it a nice driver. BTW, the AC looks like it was added since the console panel is a Avanti II item, not Studebaker. If you got the car in this condition, you'd have a good idea.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors//200568095321

Retired
01-29-2011, 06:36 PM
Strange, door panels are not pleated yet the seats are? The air conditioner ports are mounted in a wood grain panel?? Didn't Studebaker offer that wheel as an option?

JDP
01-29-2011, 06:42 PM
Strange, door panels are not pleated yet the seats are? The air conditioner ports are mounted in a wood grain panel?? Didn't Studebaker offer that wheel as an option?

The wheels were never a Studebaker Avanti option, but used on Avanti II's. The door panels are incorrect as are some interior details.

Milaca
01-29-2011, 06:52 PM
MNAvanti, how many years has it been since it last ran?

63r2
01-29-2011, 06:59 PM
MNAvanti, how many years has it been since it last ran?
It's not "RED" Brent so you can't be interested.
pb

Milaca
01-29-2011, 07:06 PM
It's not "RED" Brent so you can't be interested.
pb

Good point, Peter! :)
The metallic red Avanti that JDP linked to on Ebay brought a high bid of $13,001 but didnt meet reserve. Looked like a great car needing nothing.

JDP
01-29-2011, 07:15 PM
Good point, Peter! :)
The metallic red Avanti that JDP linked to on Ebay brought a high bid of $13,001 but didnt meet reserve. Looked like a great car needing nothing.

I can't explain that, mine was a R2, but needed paint and sold for 6K over that figure.

63r2
01-29-2011, 07:19 PM
I can't explain that, mine was a R2, but needed paint and sold for 6K over that figure.
I guess the price differential between R1's and R2's is widening.
If I had the choice it would certainly be an R2 everytime.
pb

MNAvanti
01-30-2011, 10:27 AM
MNAvanti, how many years has it been since it last ran?

At least 20 years. It was sometime in the 80's when my dad discovered the rear brakes weren't getting fluid. Not sure if he ever started it again after that or not.

bob40
01-30-2011, 01:50 PM
Sounds like a Avanti rescue mission.Get some of the local members together and give the ol beast a look over and repair.;)

Milaca
01-30-2011, 01:58 PM
Perhaps list it on Ebay and see what it brings? Use JDP's Avanti auction car Ebay ad as a good example for making an ad of your own. Otherwise, list an asking price here and see what comes of it. Or if you want to repair it and keep it, we would gladly accept you into the club! :)

MNAvanti
02-02-2011, 06:44 PM
Thanks for all your help. You've given me some ideas about what to do with the car.

Lenny R2
02-03-2011, 09:00 PM
MNAvanti
I hope you keep your Avanti,my 63 R2 needed lots of work also,but i a im very happy with it now.

studebaker-R2-4-me
02-04-2011, 07:13 AM
Thanks for all your help. You've given me some ideas about what to do with the car.

I hope you keep it too. If my Dad had an Avanti (how cool is that) and left it to me, I would get to know how to repair it to make it drivable, then drive the heck out of it. I would not sell that car until you drove it just to think about your Dad behind the wheel and how cool he really was.

Allen

karterfred88
02-04-2011, 10:44 AM
If the frame and hog troughs are solid, I'm guessing a 8-10K car based on a 2K or so budget to make it a nice driver. BTW, the AC looks like it was added since the console panel is a Avanti II item, not Studebaker. If you got the car in this condition, you'd have a good idea.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors//200568095321
Looks like a stude a/c kit added, note the a/c tag under the washer bag bracket-it's a Studebaker Corp tag forAir conditioner using R12 (picture 005) refrigerant.

Deaf Mute
02-05-2011, 02:11 PM
DON'T SELL IT; you will always regret it if you do!

JBOYLE
02-05-2011, 02:18 PM
I agree, keep it...it's in good shape and seems to be original.
I wish I had a car of my dads.
With the low-ish price of Avantis, it very well my be worth more to you than anyone else for sentimental reasons.

But if you can't (space, money) keep it or simply don't want it....see that it gets to a good home. A lot of guys would love an original car like that.

MNAvanti
02-06-2011, 02:01 PM
I'd be willing to sell it if I can get a decent price for it. Assuming that $8k-$10k range, I'd be looking for something around there. Otherwise, I guess it'll stay right where it is. It probably is worth more to me than anyone else for sentimental reasons, but I will consider offers.