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    Looking for a certain '64 Avanti

    Greetings:

    UPDATE: I found out that the serial number of this car is R-5148.


    I am inquiring on the status of a specific Avanti. It is a 1964 Studebaker. It was a dark red exterior and black interior. R-1. I have reason to believe it was one of the 10 Allstate cars that the insurance company used in an essay contest.

    This specific car was owned by my relatives in the early 1970's. It was unfortunately vandalized at that time (it was attacked with hammers and a gun). I think that most of the damage was cosmetic.

    It is likely that the car is no longer with us. It may have been scrapped or parted out. However, there is a slight chance that it may still be among us. Hence my post and inquiry.

    If you know of anyone who knew about or acquired a '64 Avanti in the early to mid-1970's that had considerable cosmetic damage to it, or if any of you know the whereabouts of R-5148, please reply or send my a private message. At the very least, I would likely to know more about this car. I may even want to acquire it.

    Please feel free in replying to this post or emailing me directly. Thank you in advance!

    Ted Andrews
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    Sounds familiar!...You could be describing my old 'R-5180'....Same description inside & out!...Anyway, the serial number of your family's Avanti would certainly be helpful in tracking it down..Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SN-60 View Post
    Sounds familiar!...You could be describing my old 'R-5180'....Same description inside & out!...Anyway, the serial number of your family's Avanti would certainly be helpful in tracking it down..Good luck!

    I know that the car's owner before my cousin bought it. His name is Don Soloman. Does that ring a bell?

    Also, the car would have been in Michigan in the early 1970's.

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    Have you looked on Bob Johnstone's Avanti Database?

    http://www.studebaker-info.org/avantiX1.html

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    R 5148, Donald Solomon, 116 West Eight Mile, Hazel Park, MI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    R 5148, Donald Solomon, 116 West Eight Mile, Hazel Park, MI.

    Thanks. How old is this information?

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    I do have access an Avanti R engine in a 62 GT that came from Michigan years ago. Taking a long shot, it may be the engine that was in the car. I can next week look at the number and if you have information on the engine we can see if it originally came in that car.

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    1977 AOAI Roster.

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    Thanks. I will be getting more information on the car such as the build sheet, etc. I may be able to get the engine number sooner.

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    Thank you very much for the lead, Alan.

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    There were 'gaps' in between, but as has been pointed out before, Studebaker definitely favored 'Avanti Red', R-1, automatics, with all black interiors (wood grain dash, steering wheel, & console) for much of their 'square light' '64 Avanti production!

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    The Allstate Co. that put on the contests to win '64 Avantis was the Allstate Tire Co. they had Allstate tires fitted to these Cars, and more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StudeRich View Post
    The Allstate Co. that put on the contests to win '64 Avantis was the Allstate Tire Co. they had Allstate tires fitted to these Cars, and more.
    Thanks for the info and clarification! What ever happened to Allstate tires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indyted View Post
    Thanks for the info and clarification! What ever happened to Allstate tires?
    http://www.searsarchives.com/brands/allstate.htm

    Craig

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    1977 AOAI Roster.
    Alan, can you look up 2 Avanti's in this roster? One is a 63R-1173 (an R-2 4-spd white exterior with orange interior) and 63R-1289 (an R-1 auto white exterior with red interior). I own both and would be interested in they were listed back then. Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    R 5148, Donald Solomon, 116 West Eight Mile, Hazel Park, MI.
    I checked zabasearch.com and there is no listing for Donald Solomon. 116 W 8 Mile Rd in Hazel Park MI is now an urgent care facility.
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    I ran into Don and his wife at a car show in Ann Arbor earlier this month. They still live in Michigan but apparently not at that address anymore.

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    Hope you can track your Avanti down. Just have to track Don down for the next step.
    The Avanti could be most anywhere in the world.
    My Wagonaire was built in Hamilton, shipped to Denver Colorado, and somehow along the years found its way to NJ.
    Could be a military connection for the relocation here, Fort Dix, and Maquire AFB are nearby.
    Somewhat like a fellow I worked with who purchased his Avanti from Scordos here in Hammonton, was in Air Force, transferred to Weisbaden Germany, drove his Avanti all over Europe and sold it in Germany and God only knows what became of that car.
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    Here are some possibilities:
    http://www.411.com/name/donald-solomon/mi
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    '61 Lark Regal 4 dr wagon
    '50 Commander 4 dr sedan

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    Ted, I could not find either one of the numbers you put up for the cars in the 77 book.

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    Thanks for looking. While it is disappointing in not finding Avanti's in AOAI rosters and on-line registries, it is still encouraging in finding others that aren't, indicating that there are more Avantis 'flying under the radar.'
    Last edited by Indyted; 07-28-2016 at 12:12 PM.

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    Back in the 80's I was looking at and comparing the local roster and the international roster. More than half of the local members didn't belong to the AOAI. Then again, at that time the international was having problems getting out their news letters and people were dropping out.

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