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    1963 Studebaker Avanti Combined Unique Style and High Power

    Jun 23, 2010 Bob Tomaine
    1963 Avanti was radically new., Bob Tomaine

    Studebaker grasped the concepts of the muscle car and the personal luxury car by the mid-1950s. The Avanti was its ultimate expression of that experience.
    1950 Studebaker Introduces the Bulletnose1955 Speedster Sets the Tonehemi V-8One Last Update Brings the 1962 Grand Turismo Hawk 1956 Clipper Moving the GT Hawk Thinking a Step FurtherRiviera, Grand Prix, Thunderbird and the GT Hawk.
    The Avanti's body was fiberglass as in a Corvette or Kaiser Darrin, but Esquire understood that the Avanti was like no other car. A low air-intake gave it a grilleless look years before others had it and thin fender-tips housing parking lights reached beyond the inboard headlights. Body sides were smooth and slightly bulging, the knife-edge beltline dropped slightly between the A- and C-pillars and the rear panel curved inward at bottom.
    The Avanti went beyond style, though, and in basic form carried a 240-horsepower 289 designated R1, according to the Standard Catalog. With a supercharger, horsepower reached 289 for the R2. Studebaker knew that drivers ordering the R2 valued performance and thus offered it with only an automatic or a four-speed manual transmission and without air conditioning.
    1963 Avanti Arrives Too LateReferences:
    • Gunnell, John, Ed. Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 1987.
    • Ritchen, Ralph, Ed. . New York: Motor, 1962.
    • Vanderveen, Bart H., Ed., Olyslager Organisation NV. Olyslager Auto Library American Cars of the 1950s. London: Frederick Warne & Company Ltd., 1973.
    • . Radnor, Pennsylvania: Chilton Book Company, 1953.
    • Knepper, Mike, Ed. Motor Trend Presents 100 Years of The Automobile in America. Los Angeles: Peterson Publishing Company, 1996.
    • Barnard, Charles N., Ed. Official1957-58 Automobile Handbook. New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1957.
    • Wilkie, David J. . New York: Esquire, Incorporated in association with Harper and Row, 1963.

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