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  • #16
    Originally posted by Dwight FitzSimons View Post
    "I'm not aware of any. If it happened, they probably didn't set any records. While the Avanti styling was swoopy by 1963 standards, the upright windshield results in quite high drag."

    I mentioned this to one of the Studebaker stylists at an SDC Int'l meet in South Bend some decades ago and he replied that the Jaguar E-Type windshield was about the same angle. So, maybe the stylists weren't thinking so much about aerodynamic drag (and Bonneville) as they were about styling and packaging. The Avanti's windshield could have been raked back at a bit greater angle without impacting entry or egress, so it's too bad they didn't. Look at modern cars; their windshields are raked back so much that they do impact entry and egress.
    -Dwight
    Yes, the Jaguar, the Avanti, the Sunbeam Tiger, all designed in the early '60s, had very upright windshields by today's standards.

    jack vines

    PackardV8

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Dwight FitzSimons View Post
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      I mentioned this to one of the Studebaker stylists at an SDC Int'l meet in South Bend some decades ago and he replied that the Jaguar E-Type windshield was about the same angle.

      I see what you mean about the windshield rake of the Avanti and E-type being almost the same. The Avanti windshield appears only slightly more raked than the Lark Convertible, which stands to reason.

      Seems the main difference is is the E-type curvature as it wraps horizontally to the A-pillars. Saab and Alfa Romeo really worked this aerodynamic feature on their relatively upright windshields.

      Hard to believe this boxy Guilia had a drag coefficient of only 0.34, nearly matching that of the 4th gen Camaro (above) in its final years. Like the E-type, only 1/2 of the Guilia windshield is near the leading edge. The other 2/4 is wrapping back to the side. Another feature of the Giulia that contributed to the low Cd is the upward curvature of the cowl before the windshield, as on our beloved C/K models. Great article on this car's aerodynamics in Hemmings:
      https://www.hemmings.com/blog/articl...iulia-1300-ti/
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      Last edited by Andy R.; 11-09-2019, 09:05 PM.
      Andy
      62 GT

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Frank54 View Post
        I probably know the answer... Were there ever any 6 cylinder Avantis?

        (For reference, and I know they are not the same, but when Chevy first introduced the Super Sport it was an option group or package. One could get the S.S. package with any engine or trans. There are some well documented cases of Impala SS's with 6 cylinders and 3 speed trans.)

        Where is the best and easiest to find source of info about Avantis, both Studebaker and later? Thanks.
        But did you know the answer? There were factory built Avantis with a six cylinder engine.

        EDIT: To answer your question - John Hull's books, this SDC Forum and the AOAI website & Forum.
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #19
          The original drawings for the Avanti had a "raked" windshield but the story goes that in the mock up Sherwood Egbert smacked his head getting into the the mock up and screamed, "Raise the GD roof." which resulted in the more upright windshield. Look at the original drawings that show that. I'd post the picture but haven't figured that out yet.
          "Every man I meet on the street is superior to me in some respect, and from that I can learn."
          R.W. Emerson

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