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  • Avanti prototype body?

    I'm working on body 63RQ-302.

    It was reportedly sold at the auction in Ohio when the plant closed in the early 90's.

    It is a 1962 body, with the following changes:

    Has the later second cowl vent installed.
    Front parking lights filled in.
    Front bumper mount opening slotted for raised body.
    Front bumper body side openings filled.
    Front bumper body side "bumps" removed.
    Rear bumper body side openings filled.
    Rear bumper body side "bumps" removed.
    Rear bumper end openings filled.
    Tail lights filled.
    Fiberglass boxes to cover rear shackles removed.
    Filler around all four wheel wells, since removed.
    Driver's side rear wheel well filled and masked for a different wheel well opening.
    Marking on rear of body, similar to what the later rear kevlar bumpers would fit.

    My question is, was this body ever used on a production car and later as an engineering buck, or was it an engineering buck carried over from Studebaker to Avanti Motors?

    Any information appreciated.
    sigpic 1963 Studebaker Avanti: LS1 motor and T-56 transmission have been moved rearward, set up as a two seat coupe with independent rear suspension. Complex solutions for nonexistant problems.

  • #2
    This sounds like someone was converting this to a 'new' style Avanti (safety bumpers, park lamps in the bumper, raised to clear the GM engine, etc.). All the body panels are available to convert it back.

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    Tom - Valrico, FL

    1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed

    Tom - Bradenton, FL

    1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
    1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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    • #3
      This sounds like what a couple of guys are looking for to mount on something else, like the new stainless steel frame.

      You could pay the SNM to research if this body was used on a production Avanti and, if so, what serial number car.

      What side is the hood support on and which size battery is the tray for?

      The body number is too high/late to be an early prototype and seems too low/early to be a prototype for Avanti IIs.

      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      SDC member since 1968
      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by studegary

        This sounds like what a couple of guys are looking for to mount on something else, like the new stainless steel frame.
        This IS the people with the S/S frame- see other post.

        Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
        Parish, central NY 13131
        http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

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        • #5
          We are "those couple of guys" with the stainless frame.


          Here are some pictures of the body that show some of the modifications.


          Second air inlet on the cowl.





          Horizontal lines from the kevlar bumper?




          Different wheel opening blacked out.

          sigpic 1963 Studebaker Avanti: LS1 motor and T-56 transmission have been moved rearward, set up as a two seat coupe with independent rear suspension. Complex solutions for nonexistant problems.

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          • #6
            This has to be an Avanti Motors prototype, not a Studebaker one. It is clear they were trying to upgrade and use an old leftover '63 Body to 1964 (Cowl) and then safety bumpers to create a new Avanti update (bumpers)? or model, (Touring Coupe?) probably only former Avanti Motors workers really know.

            When Ed Reynolds bought a lot of their stock for his Expressly Avanti Co. Div. of Studebaker of Calif. in the North East, he acquired some information about Avanti Motors and some from Nate Altman when he was alive. Maybe he can tell you more.

            StudeRich
            Studebakers Northwest
            Ferndale, WA
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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            • #7
              Studerich:
              Just sent you an email requesting his email address for information on this Avanti body.

              Thanks in advance.
              sigpic 1963 Studebaker Avanti: LS1 motor and T-56 transmission have been moved rearward, set up as a two seat coupe with independent rear suspension. Complex solutions for nonexistant problems.

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              • #8
                The frame is beautiful, that body is about as rough as any I've seen! I'm curious as to why you are using that particular body. Couldn't you find a better one, or did you just happen to have that or are you using it because of it's apparent odd history or...?

                Jeff DeWitt
                Jeff DeWitt
                http://carolinastudes.net

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                • #9
                  Jeff:

                  This body is a diamond in the rough. Look at it like the frame was in the beginning, just raw stock.

                  The windshild pillars still have original paint on them, whereas my original Avanti of 30 years ago already had rusted the paint off.

                  Same is true of the roll bar, extremely solid.

                  The hog troughs, although we removed them from this body shell, still had some black paint on the inside. (By the way, the external hog troughs are for sale)

                  So the metal is good, the body needs some work.

                  Look at it this way, how dissappointed would everyone be if we were cutting on a pristine body?

                  It's odd history just adds to what were doing. What if the mechanicals were upgraded?

                  The front turn lamps and rear tail lights are going back in. The second air vent on the cowl is staying. We were going to remove the shackle boxes anyway, to be more like the original design.

                  Debating about a targa roof.

                  Thanks for your thoughts.





                  sigpic 1963 Studebaker Avanti: LS1 motor and T-56 transmission have been moved rearward, set up as a two seat coupe with independent rear suspension. Complex solutions for nonexistant problems.

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                  • #10
                    The frame certainly would support a Targa roof.

                    [img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Bothcars.jpg[/img=left]
                    Tom Bredehoft
                    '53 Commander Coupe
                    '60 Lark VI
                    '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
                    All three Indiana built OD cars

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for satisfying my curiosity Gene, that makes a lot of sense.

                      That Targa idea is pretty cool, anyone ever built a Targa Avanti? I seem to recall Brooks Stevens playing with that idea for the GT.

                      Jeff DeWitt
                      Jeff DeWitt
                      http://carolinastudes.net

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