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  • Avanti R1007 - The World’s Fastest Production Automobile

    1963 Studebaker Avanti serial number R1007 was one of three cars tested at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1962-1963.




  • #2
    Is this the Bourke Avanti, or one of the cars run by the Granatelli brothers?

    I read the link and answered my own question. Nice article.
    Ed Sallia
    Dundee, OR

    Sol Lucet Omnibus

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    • #3
      R1007 was driven by Andy Granatelli at Bonneville. I am not familiar with the Bourke Avanti.

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      • #4
        Those photos in the link look familiar http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...Bonneville-(-)

        Craig

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        • #5
          Bob Bourke drove a prototype or early production Avanti at Bonneville in 1963 and set 29 speed records in the car. It was later driven by other drivers and then disappeared for a while. My brother, Dan, discovered it in San Diego around 2010 with no engine in it. The owner bought it off eBay not knowing the full story on it. He agreed to let Dan "borrow" it and put an engine and transmission in it. The car was brought up to current safety standards, painted, and named "Bucket List Dream". Dan ran it at Bonneville 2 years in a row and then the owner sold the car. It now resides in North Carolina where it is going through another rebuild for Bonneville (if Bonneville ever happens again). Here is a link to the current owner's thread on the car on Racing Studebakers. http://racingstudebakers.com/foo/vie...php?f=9&t=2731
          Ed Sallia
          Dundee, OR

          Sol Lucet Omnibus

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          • #6
            I was lucky enough to look over #9 a few years ago when I was in South Bend. A very cool, well preserved car.

            Though my favorite pic is of some guy named Nels taking a peek underneath it...



            Originally posted by Commander Eddie View Post
            Bob Bourke drove a prototype or early production Avanti at Bonneville in 1963 and set 29 speed records in the car. It was later driven by other drivers and then disappeared for a while. My brother, Dan, discovered it in San Diego around 2010 with no engine in it. The owner bought it off eBay not knowing the full story on it. He agreed to let Dan "borrow" it and put an engine and transmission in it. The car was brought up to current safety standards, painted, and named "Bucket List Dream". Dan ran it at Bonneville 2 years in a row and then the owner sold the car. It now resides in North Carolina where it is going through another rebuild for Bonneville (if Bonneville ever happens again). Here is a link to the current owner's thread on the car on Racing Studebakers. http://racingstudebakers.com/foo/vie...php?f=9&t=2731
            The owner knew what the car was, and offered it for Dan's use when Dan posted on the racing forum about wanting to take a Stude to Bonneville. Dan didn't "discover" it..

            Here's the current owners' site. http://www.burkeavanti.com/

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            • #7
              Well,
              Is it a boy or a girl?

              Dean.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mbstude View Post
                Though my favorite pic is of some guy named Nels taking a peek underneath it...
                Right Matt! http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...master-of-R3-s

                Craig

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Commander Eddie View Post
                  Bob Bourke drove a prototype or early production Avanti at Bonneville in 1963 and set 29 speed records in the car. It was later driven by other drivers and then disappeared for a while. My brother, Dan, discovered it in San Diego around 2010 with no engine in it. The owner bought it off eBay not knowing the full story on it. He agreed to let Dan "borrow" it and put an engine and transmission in it. The car was brought up to current safety standards, painted, and named "Bucket List Dream". Dan ran it at Bonneville 2 years in a row and then the owner sold the car. It now resides in North Carolina where it is going through another rebuild for Bonneville (if Bonneville ever happens again). Here is a link to the current owner's thread on the car on Racing Studebakers. http://racingstudebakers.com/foo/vie...php?f=9&t=2731
                  Not Bob, but rather BILL BURKE. (Bob Bourke was Raymond Loewy Associates designer who was responsible for the 1953 Studebakers.
                  Lew Schucart
                  Editor, Avanti Magazine

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                  • #10
                    This 63R-1007 seems to be in the best condition of all of the 'Granatelli connected' Studebaker Avantis. (Not to mention it's in ORIGINAL condition!)

                    Kudos to John Hora for preserving this very special Avanti so well!

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the clarification on my post guys. I stand corrected. You would think I would know more about how Dan ended up driving the "Burke" Avanti since he is my brother. I need to get more sleep.
                      Ed Sallia
                      Dundee, OR

                      Sol Lucet Omnibus

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