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sweetolbob
09-02-2009, 09:35 AM
Just thinking out loud here, but I thought I ask the assemblage. The 54 is complete after a lot of years. I've recently divested myself of the Healey 3000 and my 39 Ford coupe looks like it will sell on Ebay.

My wife has said that see wants "us" to have a neat car like a Corvette, Mustang etc. I've convinced her that an Avanti is a great etc. Therefore, I would like to find an Avanti in reasonable condition, preferably Avanti II due my knowledge of the SBC. Much easier for me to build. The one criteria it must have is a MANUAL tranny. 4-5-6 speed type. This one I plan to drive the wheels off on a regular basis so we are not interested is a show car. Just a proud driver.

The Avanti site has rejected me ( no suprise, I would have trouble with a club that would have me, yah, I know old and worn ) as it appears you need to own one to join. So, I thought this might be the closest thing.

How and where are the best ways to find one other than Ebay.

Thanks, Bob

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candbstudebakers
09-02-2009, 09:59 AM
Bob first off you will not find many Avanti II with standard shift If any were made they would be the first couple years 66 or 67 but not sure if even then, maybe some one has converted one, good luck looking, also I am trying to get onto the Avanti Forum and having trouble myself, if you change your mind and want a nice 63 R-2 with auto I have one here it was at Ceder Rapids in July...Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA
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bige
09-02-2009, 10:16 AM
Bob you have an email...

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Skip Lackie
09-02-2009, 10:43 AM
Just for the record, Avanti Motors built a few Avanti IIs with 4-speeds every year through 1974. New EPA regs that took effect in 1975 forced them to build only automatics through 1982. Steve Blake brought the 4-speed back in 82 or 83. By that time, the EPA was granting waivers to small manufacturers and importers.

I have a 74 Avanti with a factory-built 4-speed. It was at one time owned by Steve Blake and allegedly is the car that made him want to buy the whole company.

Skip Lackie
Washington DC

JBOYLE
09-02-2009, 10:50 AM
The Avanti club [u]will</u> take you.
I promise.
It's worth your while to join, if for nothing more than the magazine, and their forum has an active Avanti II discussion...and lots of guys with SBC and modified Avanti experience.

If you have problems, send me a message and I'll send you the personal email of the President.

They want you. Really. :D

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

Washington State

wolfie
09-02-2009, 11:00 AM
Kinda related so I will add it here. There is a 65 Avanti II on E-bay now in Al. Am I correct that it was a miniscule production (My memory says only 5 were built)? Other than the usual Avanti frame rust is there anything specific on these cars to be leery of? I e-mailed the seller but doubt I am a player on it and if the frame is as I suspect I think his opening bid is way too high but its there if anyone is interested. Steve

candbstudebakers
09-02-2009, 11:45 AM
Thanks for the 4 speed update Skip. I would not mind having one my self but for now will be happy with 67- 300 hp 327 and 400 trans...Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA
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Gunslinger
09-02-2009, 11:56 AM
Avanti Motors still used the Borg-Warner Power Shift until 1970 at least. They didn't make the change to the TH400 until late '70 or early '71. If you do the swap, you may as well either go 5- or 6-speed or a TH700R4 or 200R4. Nothing against the TH400, I'm just saying for the effort involved for a swap, get the overdrive.




Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

64V-K7
09-02-2009, 12:34 PM
The Avanti Meet is in Lisle, IL, Sept 17 - 19. Why not check out their car Corral...

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Bob Johnstone
www.studebaker-info.org

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

64studeavanti
09-02-2009, 05:32 PM
There is a 63 for sale in St Petersburg FL. Claims it's a 'California' car. Asking $15,000. I can check it out if you want.

ROADRACELARK
09-02-2009, 05:54 PM
Bob,

We have a local member in the North Georgia Chapter that has a 1970 Avanti II with the factory 4-speed and a SBC with a Paxton. That thing will fly.;) Unfortunately (for the other Bob) it's not for sale.:(

Dan Miller
Atlanta, GA.

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Road Racers turn left AND right.

2stewed
09-02-2009, 06:49 PM
Bob,
Russ Haggen in Bellingham, WA has an Avanti II with 5 speed as per his ad in the August Whatcom County Chapter, SDC newsletter as follows:
"For Sale: 1985 Avanti, 305 H.O. with 5 speed manual trans. Owned since 1987, repainted in 1999 because of road rash, never been hit or bumped. Black laquer exterior, black leather interior (Recaro seats I believe), all Avanti options. Asking $16,000. Contact at 360-733-5741."

jlmccuan
09-02-2009, 09:31 PM
Not sure what that Ebay car will turn out to be. The seller has changed the year from 63 to 65 to 67. As always - Due Diligence!!

Jim
Often in error, never in doubt
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____1966 Avanti II RQA 0088_______________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152____________Rabid Snail Racing

jgrohs
09-03-2009, 12:19 AM
"The Avanti site has rejected me ( no suprise, I would have trouble with a club that would have me, yah, I know old and worn ) as it appears you need to own one to join. So, I thought this might be the closest thing."

Bob ( and Bob), if the Avanti site rejected you, it's gotta be a site software bs issue, definitely not a club issue ( they had me on the board for a few years, lol). The same over-volunteered person is doing the admin work for both sites ( aoai and yahoo chat). please email me and I'll help you overcome the barriers.

Jeff


1951 Rod
1962 Champ
1963 Avanti R1
1963 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
1964 Daytona Convertible
2006 Avanti Convertible

Rich
09-03-2009, 12:31 PM
Bob;
How about a Road Trip!!! Fly to California, buy this car and drive back to Michigan (isn't that where you're located?).

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/1337175846.html

I believe Russ Hagen's car would be great too, but IIRC, it requires some body work - little parking lot mishap, methinks.

Let us know what you do. And please try the AOAI site again - lots of very helpful people in that group.

Cheers,
Rich


Richard Morris
Renton, WA
64 Avanti R-1 #5367
90 Avanti 4-door #78

wolfie
09-03-2009, 01:38 PM
quote:Originally posted by jlmccuan

Not sure what that Ebay car will turn out to be. The seller has changed the year from 63 to 65 to 67. As always - Due Diligence!!

Jim
Often in error, never in doubt
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____1966 Avanti II RQA 0088_______________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152____________Rabid Snail Racing







Yes,And the seller seemed to dissappear when I told him where the hog troughs were and asked him to check them. I really believe this is the same car Dad looked at many moons ago in Fla. I didnt see it at the time so I cant be sure but it seems like the car/colors he described. At that time it was listed and titled anyway as a 65. Dad drove from NC to Fla (maybe Tampa?) after talking with the seller and being assured the car had a like new rust free frame. When he got there he said it was the only car he had ever seen that you could put your hand through the frame most anywhere you picked. It has (or had) a hole in the hood where the body had settled onto the air cleaner bolt if it is the same car. I cant afford it but if anyone does check it out I would like to know what they find. Thanks,Steve

studegary
09-03-2009, 01:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by wolfie

Kinda related so I will add it here. There is a 65 Avanti II on E-bay now in Al. Am I correct that it was a miniscule production (My memory says only 5 were built)? Other than the usual Avanti frame rust is there anything specific on these cars to be leery of? I e-mailed the seller but doubt I am a player on it and if the frame is as I suspect I think his opening bid is way too high but its there if anyone is interested. Steve


There were 56 serial numbers assigned for 1965. I doubt that that many were built. I seem to remember nine.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

JRoberts
09-03-2009, 04:26 PM
There is a fellow in our chapter that has an '88 for sale with a 327 and a T-5 transmission. Email me off the forum and I'll give you a few more details.

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

jmenacker
09-03-2009, 06:01 PM
Bob,

I received your 2nd email requesting info on our '82. Perhaps the first reply did not get through. Apologies for any inconvenience. Also, apologies to the board for my introductory post here involving the sale of our little piece of history. Things change, and its now time for a new steward for this car.

1982 Avanti II

RQB 3496

White with tan leather interior. 350 SBC with spread bore Holley 650 CFM carb and six speed Tremec transmission. Autometer Phantom gauges. Fresh leather on front seats, door panels and headliner. Wool carpeting (Rolls Royce) in cabin and trunk. Rechromed headlight and tail light bezels. LED brake lights. Cibie driving lights. Original Blaupunkt radio with RF 6 disk CD player in trunk and speaker system by Myer Emco. A/C R12 system rebuilt with new compressor/dryer blows ice cold. Custom radiator keeps engine temps below 200 degrees regardless of outside temp or load. Hog troughs are solid passenger side replaced with Classic Enterprise SS unit. Fully independent dual 2-1/2 exhaust. Quick turn steering arms.
Garaged and not driven in winter. Runs and looks great. 112k on body and frame. 12K on engine, tranny and drivetrain. $18,500.

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Best regards,

Joe Menacker
Martinsburg, WV

Joe M in WV

jlmccuan
09-09-2009, 05:48 AM
That Ebay car is back and is now a 72. My cars always get older, but this one just keeps getting newer.

Jim
Often in error, never in doubt
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____1966 Avanti II RQA 0088_______________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152____________Rabid Snail Racing