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  • Avanti introduction footage to Dallas-area dealers, May 1962

    A hometown friend sent me this clip this morning. I had not seen it. I am aware that this is the way the Avanti was introduced, but it's cool to see the video.

    The three older men seated in folding chairs, shown briefly in the clip--can anyone identify them? I know who they are but let's see some other guesses.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICdY...nlpFFdK17hLDMA
    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    (formerly Greenville, PA)
    Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
    Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
    1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
    1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
    All are in Australia now

  • #2
    I might have the gold one in my shop . Nope it's an R2. So probably a Board of directors show car. Hand laid up strips of fiberglass. Lots of small differences.
    Last edited by bezhawk; 06-10-2019, 06:45 AM.
    Bez Auto Alchemy
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    • #3
      Let's make this a Pop Quiz, Bill: The first person you confirm as having identified the men correctly will be sent an NOS copy of the small 1964 Studebaker full-line brochure, P.D.-64-11:
      Be sure to PM me with their correct name and full address. Click image for larger version

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      • #4
        I should concede, that now I have a slight doubt as to who I think the gentleman in the center chair is. I still think I'm right, but less sure than the other two gentlemen.
        Bill Pressler
        Kent, OH
        (formerly Greenville, PA)
        Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
        Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
        1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
        1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
        All are in Australia now

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        • #5
          No takers yet?
          Bill Pressler
          Kent, OH
          (formerly Greenville, PA)
          Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
          Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
          1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
          1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
          All are in Australia now

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          • #6
            The Guy on the Right resembles Roy Bender or a younger Churchill, really looks familiar but I am confused as to ANY of their actual identities.

            I wonder if Egbert would have been there somewhere?

            Bez, if you have a significant "EX" Gold R2 4 Speed '63 Avanti in your shop, it COULD be the one used for the L.A. Airlift Event, just not the Dallas one.
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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            • #7
              Idenitification and Additional Details

              Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
              The Guy on the Right resembles Roy Bender or a younger Churchill, really looks familiar but I am confused as to ANY of their actual identities.

              I wonder if Egbert would have been there somewhere?

              Bez, if you have a significant "EX" Gold R2 4 Speed '63 Avanti in your shop, it COULD be the one used for the L.A. Airlift Event, just not the Dallas one.
              Bender, Suslavich and Minkel

              Both Avantis are prototypes currently owned by Dave Kinney and are also the New York Auto Show Cars

              Finalizing new book on Operation Airlift

              FYI - Airlift stopped in Dayton Ohio May 8, 1962 site of this years AOAI National Convention.
              John Hull

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              • #8
                So, it IS the gold one Rich! It's about #5 on the list to be restored.
                Bez Auto Alchemy
                573-318-8948
                http://bezautoalchemy.com


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Avantict View Post
                  Bender, Suslavich and Minkel

                  Both Avantis are prototypes currently owned by Dave Kinney and are also the New York Auto Show Cars

                  Finalizing new book on Operation Airlift

                  FYI - Airlift stopped in Dayton Ohio May 8, 1962 site of this years AOAI National Convention.

                  I was wrong on the guy in the center. I thought he was Cliff MacMillan, but then thought the guy in the center seemed taller than MacMillan.

                  Definitely Bender on the left and Minkel on the right.

                  Bender used to call on my hometown dealer, and a good friend of mine went to his retirement dinner in South Bend along with my friend's boss, the owner of Mack Auto Sales in Akron, OH, whom Bender also used to call on.
                  Bill Pressler
                  Kent, OH
                  (formerly Greenville, PA)
                  Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                  Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                  1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                  1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                  All are in Australia now

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                  • #10
                    So, Bill, is John Hull the winner? 'Looks like it! BP
                    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                    Ayn Rand:
                    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                    • #11
                      I remember reading that Suslavich used to be with Chrysler and had something to do with the introduction of the Valiant.
                      Bill Pressler
                      Kent, OH
                      (formerly Greenville, PA)
                      Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                      Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                      1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                      1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                      All are in Australia now

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                      • #12
                        Interesting video, must have cost them a fortune considering the board wanted to shut down automotive operations.
                        John Clements
                        Christchurch, New Zealand

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
                          So, Bill, is John Hull the winner? 'Looks like it! BP
                          Bob, my guess is that John has had that piece since Sept. '63, but we'll let him chime in!

                          Egbert was not at the Cleveland airlift my hometown dealer friend went to. At the podium they had a large photo of Egbert, as I have pics of that day at Cleveland (although very dark).

                          I see in the video that near the podium is a covered or draped area which I believe is probably the same photo of Egbert I saw in my friend's Cleveland airlift pics.
                          Bill Pressler
                          Kent, OH
                          (formerly Greenville, PA)
                          Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                          Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                          1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                          1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                          All are in Australia now

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bill Pressler View Post
                            Bob, my guess is that John has had that piece since Sept. '63, but we'll let him chime in!

                            Egbert was not at the Cleveland airlift my hometown dealer friend went to. At the podium they had a large photo of Egbert, as I have pics of that day at Cleveland (although very dark).

                            I see in the video that near the podium is a covered or draped area which I believe is probably the same photo of Egbert I saw in my friend's Cleveland airlift pics.
                            OK, Bill; I'll take that as a "yes" and send John a small brochure for having been the first person to post the correct answer. BP
                            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                            Ayn Rand:
                            "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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