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Paul K.
02-16-2015, 12:21 AM
I have seen 1963 Studebaker Avanti VIN plates (serial number) two ways on two different cars.

63 R-XXXX and R-XXXX

Is one not correct?

Studebaker Wheel
02-16-2015, 02:45 AM
Not sure about serial numbers but the order code on the production orders as follows:Avantis from serial 1001 to 1285 had an order code of 63 RQ. From #1286 thru #2723 the order code was 63 RQ 3270, from serial 2724 thru 4891 it was 63 RQ 3370. From #4892 thru the end it was RQ 4370.

stude dude
02-16-2015, 02:45 AM
Both are correct. After a particular date (someone here will know) the year designation was dropped inline with the 'running changes' program.

Chris.

bezhawk
02-16-2015, 11:33 AM
The "Q" was not part of the official serial number until after Studebaker. Avanti motors used the "RQA and RQB" designations

studegary
02-16-2015, 02:03 PM
Both are correct. After a particular date (someone here will know) the year designation was dropped inline with the 'running changes' program.

Chris.

Service Letter G-1964-3B, 5/13/64, includes: with S/N R-3100, the year model designation was removed from the S/N plate.

Xcalibur
02-17-2015, 05:37 PM
studegary, you might wish to check this one... "63R-3470"

studegary
02-21-2015, 01:32 PM
studegary, you might wish to check this one... "63R-3470"

I see it. I also see that this S/N plate has been altered/changed between frames and who knows what else.

I was going by what is in the Studebaker Service Letter that I have in front of me. Of course, we know that not all Studebakers were assembled in order of S/N.

I also noted that someone posted a Service Letter (maybe later) agreeing with what I posted here over on the AOAI Forum.