1963 Studebaker Avanti R2
The Studebaker Avanti was a personal luxury car built by Studebaker for the 1963 and 1964 model year. The design project was overseen by famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy and his hand picked team of three car designers who were sequestered in a rented house in Palm Springs without telephones or clocks (telephones so their wives/girlfriends would not call and clocks so they lost sense of time). Loewy was under a design contract from Studebaker’s new president, Sherwood Egbert, to design a revolutionary new automobile which would get customers into Studebaker showrooms and hopefully save the company by buying the car. That new automobile was the Avanti.
The Avanti was an initial success but production and supply issues meant they could not build enough cars and the car buying public grew impatient and looked elsewhere for a sporty, luxury coupe. The Avanti died only two years after it was introduced. In total, 4,647 Avantis were built by Studebaker.
This Avanti is a somewhat rare supercharged model with a four speed transmission. It came to live in the museum in January 2019.
Model: Avanti R2
Engine Cyl: N/A
Engine Size: 289
Engine HP: 290
Trans: 4 speed