1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 Sport Coupe Vehicle Profile

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 photograph

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Sport Coupe
The 1963 Studebaker Aavanti personal luxury coupe was newly-appointed president Sherwood Egbert's last-ditch effort at pumping excitement into his fast-fading brand. Its handsome design began with an Egbert sketch doodled on a plane, and was brought to life in a 40-day crash program by Raymond Loewy's team of Tom Kellogg, Bob Andrews, and John Ebstein. Powered by a 289 cubic-inch V8 (with optional Paxton supercharging), its fiberglass body rolled on a modified Lark convertible chassis. The first American production car with front disc brakes, it set 29 speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1963.

Just 3,834 1963 Avantis were built and some 1,600 sold when Studebaker closed its factory on December 20, 1963. The name, tooling and plant were sold to South Bend, Indiana Studebaker dealers Nate Altman and Leo Newman, the first of several who would build small numbers of Avanti replicas and new-design cars off and on through 2006.

This highly-optioned Avanti-Gold example was found - through a local newspaper classified ad - disassembled in 'basket-case' condition, but with all its original (November, 1962) paperwork, in the service bay of a former Studebaker dealership. A rare 4-speed manual, supercharged R-2 model with a 4:09 Twin-Traction differential, it was meticulously restored by Westmoreland Antique Car Restoration with some help from the second (and current) owner.

The current owner acquired this R-2, 4-speed car on Halloween, 1999. It had resided in disassembled condition in the service bay of an ex-works Studebaker Dealer for 27 years. All the significant original paperwork remained with the car, confirming that it was a very early car (South Bend Body #8) and highly optioned with a supercar, 4-speed gearbox, 4.09 Twin Traction Differential, Hill Holder clutch, heavy duty springs, power steering, and tinted windows. It was one of just 643 with the 4-speed transmission in 1963.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1963 sales)
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 'Supercharged'
Chassis#: 63R2833
Sold for $104,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 Supercharged Coupe
Chassis#: 63R1012
Sold for $38,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2
Sold for $37,400
  2018 Mecum : Denver
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2
Chassis#: R4787
Sold for $33,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Auburn Spring
 
1963 Avanti R2 Coupe
Chassis#: 63R2075
Sold for $46,200
  2017 The Auburn Auction : Worldwide Auctioneers
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2
Chassis#: 63R2687
Sold for $115,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2
Chassis#: 63R3727
Sold for $90,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2
Sold for $29,500
  2015 Leake Auctions - Dallas, Tx
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2
Sold for $30,000
  2015 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2
Chassis#: 63R 1004
Sold for $74,800
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2
Sold for $23,000
  2010 Mecum Auction - Kansas City, MO
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti R-2 2D
Sold for $24,750
  2009 Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti R-2
Sold for $26,000
  2008 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 2015 Mecum : Houston   
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 2015 Silver Auction Arizona in the Spring$25,000  
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 2014 Mecum Chicago$22,500  
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 2011 Auctions America Spring Auburn$18,000  
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 2010 Mecum Auction Kansas City, MO   
1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 Coupe 2008 Mecum St. Charles, IL Auction$16,000  
1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R 2 SPORT COUPE 2001 Kruse Auction Dallas, TX$14,000  

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