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    Anybody know how many Avanti R-2s are left? I am just curious.

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    Originally posted by Buck View Post
    Anybody know how many Avanti R-2s are left? I am just curious.
    Pure guess on my part, maybe 300-700.
    JDP Maryland

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    • #3
      The 2011 AOAI Roster has about 300 cars ID'd as R-2s...many cars listed don't say which engine they have, so its obviously more than that figure.

      4647 Avantis were made, about 40% were R-2s, IIRC. According to my calculator, that would be 1856 cars.

      This method may ...or may not...be scientifically correct, but it makes sense to me (based on survey methodologies I learned in grad school).

      Pick up a copy of the AOAI Roster, choose a ramdom production block of 100 serials....and count the cars registered. Repeat.
      I've done it and it usually comes out to about 20.
      Double that figure to account for survivors not in the club*. That comes out to about 40% of the total production surviving.

      *Because of the unique nature of the Avanti (orphan, complexity, parts availability) I 'd bet it has a much higher number of survivors in the club than most production cars of its era.
      Last edited by JBOYLE; 11-05-2011, 01:02 PM.
      63 Avanti R1 2788
      1914 Stutz Bearcat
      (George Barris replica)

      Washington State

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      • #4
        According to "The Studebaker Avanti Production Data", there were 1552 '63 Avanti R2's, and 281 '64's; 1833 total produced.
        The rare ones are the square ones!
        Mike M.

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        • #5
          My guesstimate is 1000.
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            Originally posted by studegary View Post
            My guesstimate is 1000.
            I would not quibble with that figure, it's just unknowable. To the of my best knowledge, I've owned 16 R2 Avanti's, but shot 7 in the head as parts cars.
            JDP Maryland

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            • #7
              Fairly large window there John:-)
              Originally posted by JDP View Post
              Pure guess on my part, maybe 300-700.

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              • #8
                maybe go to mr. johnstone's avanti site, and count those for a start?
                then figure out how many of still have the 289 and superchargers in them?
                Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

                '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

                '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Corvanti View Post
                  maybe go to mr. johnstone's avanti site, and count those for a start?
                  then figure out how many of still have the 289 and superchargers in them?

                  Maybe 10-20% of those out there, are on his site. Most every one I bought only showed up there after I made the purchase and he found it on ebay later.
                  JDP Maryland

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                  • #10
                    it was just a thought. still a place to start.
                    he did find me and mine. never listed it on ebay.
                    i trust your judgment...
                    Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

                    '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

                    '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Corvanti View Post
                      it was just a thought. still a place to start.
                      he did find me and mine. never listed it on ebay.
                      i trust your judgment...

                      Not trying to be argumentative, but lots of Avanti's are still out there that don't show up in any rosters or web pages. It is a start, but not the final word.
                      JDP Maryland

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                      • #12
                        no offense taken, mr. p.
                        Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

                        '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

                        '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Corvanti View Post
                          no offense taken, mr. p.
                          Funny, Mr P. is how they address me at the casino.
                          JDP Maryland

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                          • #14
                            just respecting my "elders"... and more knowledgeable about the topic!
                            Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

                            '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

                            '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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                            • #15
                              I have 3 of what is left. I may need to get JDP to shot one of them in the head so I can began to part it out.
                              Allen

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