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Rich
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  1:38:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday was the LeMay Museum's 32nd Annual Open House. After WW II, Harold LeMay started collecting junk. That effort eventually lead to one of Washington State's largest garbage collection companies serving Tacoma and many other cities. Harold loved to collect cars and when he died in 2001, owned over 3,400 cars. Very interesting story (https://www.lemaymuseum.org/page.php?id=65). In a few months, construction will start on a world class auto museum to be located on the south parking lot of the Tacoma Dome. In early 2000, a local Dentist donated to the Museum (for a huge tax write off), what he considered to be the very first and very last Avantis ever sold by The Studebaker Corp (Gary Johnson arranged the purchase of both cars for the Dentist and wrote about it in the AOAI mag). I was asked to give an assessment of them. Much has changed since then as a Board of Directors now controls the cars and things move agonizingly slow. Both Avantis have sat in a storage building since donated and have never been displayed. The initial drive was to completely restore #1001 and make it one of the signature cars for the new Museum. In talking with Doug LeMay yesterday, we were wondering what people's reactions would be if #1001 were displayed in its current condition. I'd like to solicit input from the members of this forum to help answer the question: would you display Avanti #1001 in it's present condition or would you favor a complete restoration before being displayed?
Thanks for your input.
Rich










Richard Morris
Renton, WA
64 Avanti R-1 #5367
90 Avanti 4-door #78

s1b
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  1:59:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is there any history behind the paint? If so leave it the way it is. Sometimes it cool to see the roads cars have traveled.
That metalflake paint seems to have held up pretty good through time.

Orlando FLA
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StudeRich
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  2:09:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Richard, since that current mismatched paint design and color seems to have nothing to do with the car's history as the number ONE Avanti, other than being very ugly and a poor choice of color for a Red Interior car, or a Gold W/Fawn or Black Interior car, I say definitely make the Car the correct Avanti color as it was originally, and restore it as new.

Is that a '64 front clip with square headlight buckets and a Group 24 rectangular Battery in there? That might be a problem if it had a collision repair and was updated.

If it was originally an R2 as the air cleaner would indicate, that needs completing.

This may be the Gold Avanti R2 4 speed that was flown around the Country in the flying box car for the Dealer Introductions, I was at the Los Angeles showing, pretty impressive!

StudeRich

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Dick Clemens
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  2:28:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This car needs to be brought back to original condition. As the first Avanti, it should be displayed as originally built.

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laughinlark
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  2:29:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'd think that being the first one made, it deserves to be restored. I'm with StudeRich on this one.

Gordon

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JeffDeWitt
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  2:31:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit JeffDeWitt's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If the facilities allow it then it could be even more interesting to the general public if the car was put on display as is, and then restored in public (somewhat like they are doing with the HL Hunley)

I bet most people have NO idea what all is involved with restoring a car.

Jeff DeWitt
https://carolinastudes.net
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JBOYLE
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  3:06:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I really hope they restore it. (I'll donate a few bucks...)
It's a hisoric car...and it's clearly not a question of un-doing originality if it were treated to a proper restoration.

I don't have much trust in a lot of the general public...I'd hate to think if some...even a minority...left the museum thinking that's the way Studebaker made them.


63 Avanti R1 2788
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JGK 940
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  3:26:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Restore.

***PLEASE***

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bonehead007
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  3:59:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Suggest to them to donate it to the Studebaker Museum. They'd take better care of it..



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bige
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  4:05:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Restore...

Get a TV show to do a series on the restoration...they do it for everything else, tanks, airplanes, Toyotas! Maybe Dave T or Jon Meyer would like a little advertizing with a camera crew following the progress?

ErnieR


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s1b
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  4:32:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rich

what he considered to be the very first and very last Avantis ever sold by The Studebaker Corp (Gary Johnson arranged the purchase of both cars for the Dentist and wrote about it in the AOAI mag).


Everybody so worried about restoring this Avanti. I understand it is a piece of history for us Stude people, but it doesn't say first ever built period.
Yet nobody will give this a chance. There is more history in this prototype. https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=393045&highlight=studebaker
I understand it needs alot!!! but I also know someone here can/able to take on the job. This is real Studebaker history!

Orlando FLA
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s1b
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  4:34:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Point is there may be a bigger story behind the paint to be added on top of it's Studebaker history.

Orlando FLA
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Mr.Biggs
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  4:49:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It needs to be restored. Whether I personally like the current state or not (and I don't), it needs to reflect kindly on the Studebaker legacy. It would be different if it were of the ilk of the Muppets car, but this is just plain ugly. If it's current state has some appeal to it, the leave the flat tire and rusty rims to give it the full effect.


1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
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bill van alstyne
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  4:57:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can the history be traced back to verify anything of historic value to it's present condition? If not then an accurate restoration makes the most sense.
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bige
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  5:06:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think the story behind the paint was an acid flashback Raymond Loewy's Avanti with his personal touches would be something you would leave alone. From the looks of this it wasn't even a quality custom job with the door jams left the original white.

I have to think the purchase of this car for a collection was motivated by its serial number and the desire to preserve history and not the uniqueness of its metallic paint job.

That body you're referring to is certainly interesting but it may never have actually been a complete car. Looks like they might have been experimenting with glass roofs like the Ford's had. There were probably a lot of false start ideas that never got built and then tossed in the 'yard'.

How would you restore it anyway not knowing what the intent was to begin with? Without some documentation showing a complete car you would be creating your own and not reviving anything Studebaker did?

Let's say the Mona Lisa was stolen years ago and someone put a mustache and beard on her. And for years it traveled the world secretly changing hands among some of the most famous people in the world with each change of ownership creating another unique story to add to its past. Then it's discovered in a basement by someone who knows that it's the missing Mona Lisa. Years of intrigue surround the famous "Bearded Lady" as it was known among the select few who knw her secret.

Do you leave it with the mustache and beard or do you record its checkered past and restore it to its original beauty?

With a paint job that ugly there's a story that can be displayed along with the refinished car. And I can't imagine anyone who looks at the before compared with the after questioning why it wasn't left metallic green and yellow with orange seats.

ErnieR

quote:
Originally posted by s1b

Point is there may be a bigger story behind the paint to be added on top of it's Studebaker history.

Orlando FLA


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toyman
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  5:57:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It NEEDS to be restored!

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s1b
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  5:59:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bill van alstyne

Can the history be traced back to verify anything of historic value to it's present condition? If not then an accurate restoration makes the most sense.



I agree.

Orlando FLA
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s1b
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  6:18:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bige



That body you're referring to is certainly interesting but it may never have actually been a complete car. Looks like they might have been experimenting with glass roofs like the Ford's had. There were probably a lot of false start ideas that never got built and then tossed in the 'yard'.

How would you restore it anyway not knowing what the intent was to begin with? Without some documentation showing a complete car you would be creating your own and not reviving anything Studebaker did?


quote:
Originally posted by s1b

Point is there may be a bigger story behind the paint to be added on top of it's Studebaker history.

Orlando FLA






Well there is remains of a wiring harness and throttle linkage in the car. So there is a big chance and more than likely it was powered

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royvaldez
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  6:20:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Please restore!!!!!!
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studefan
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  6:30:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Really no option. It must be restored.
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Bob Caser
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  7:27:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This Avanti should be restored as to how it left the factory.
R 1001 was white with a orange interior.

In the mid 80's I attempted to buy this car thru Gary Johnson, I went as far as purchasing a complete NOS orange interior for the car and many other parts. The owner could never commit to a dollar figure or the real desire to sell the car.
I sold the interior to Dave Kinney,who chased R1001 after I had given up. Gary had several other significant Avanti's in his storage at the time.

Bob Caser

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Thomas63R2
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  8:29:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Given that the custom work appears low budget, not well thought out, and incomplete, I cannot imagine any special "history" other than maybe a previous owners drug history. To display it in its current state will only reinforce any oddball connotations about the Avanti, and to a lesser degree Studebakers. Avantis and Studebakers do not need any additional negative reinforcement. The most likely reaction from John Q Public upon seeing it in its current state will be to curl their lip and say eeewwww!

What I would suggest is a proper restoration AND a little photo display showing how it was found. Only one person in the whole world loved that custom work, the rest of the world will better enjoy the story of how the car was celebrated when new - then went to the brink in the psychedelic era - and then came full circle back to how it was celebrated when new. So i vote for a full restoration with a little homage paid to its journey through the years.

Thomas
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edpjr
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USA
245 Posts

Posted - 08/30/2009 :  8:46:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now there's a great idea! Restoration of the first Studebaker Avanti on TV. I'd be watching every second and taping every segment.

quote:
Originally posted by bige

Restore...

Get a TV show to do a series on the restoration...they do it for everything else, tanks, airplanes, Toyotas! Maybe Dave T or Jon Meyer would like a little advertizing with a camera crew following the progress?

ErnieR


On its way to a 15.097 Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Spring 2006.



"Proud owner of a Lark powered Avanti"
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barnlark
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  8:49:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If Doug LeMay is the head of the Board and has any say in this, then please let him know to properly restore this historic car. Even if this was Jerry Garcia's car, it should be done properly and not left to display as the result of the whim of an ill-conceived painting attempt along the way. I'd be happy with a MAACO job rather than see this.
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Rich
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  9:05:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for everyone's response. Obviously, the overwhelming vote is to restore. I like the rationalizations provided. For those just reading this, please continue to register your vote. The entire thread will be printed out and presented to the LeMay Museum Board of Directors along with my best effort to prepare an impassioned plea that this car deserves a complete restoration and a prominent presentation spot in the new museum. I will volunteer to coordinate the expertise from this forum (and others) during the restoration.

If the response is tepid, I wonder (as BoneHead007 suggests) if The Studebaker Museum would be interested in a swap....

I have a question - here is a picture of the front of the car. Is it missing the headlight trim rings or did early ones not have them?



Rich

Richard Morris
Renton, WA
64 Avanti R-1 #5367
90 Avanti 4-door #78
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bige
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  9:10:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rims and glass covers.

ErnieR
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okc63avanti
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  9:36:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Restore it as per the production order ...

John



'63 Avanti, R1, Auto, AC, PW (unrestored)

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hotwheels63r2
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  9:41:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Retore it.

FYI: Check with local chapters about this project. Many of us have experience and a bit of knowledge about how they were supposed to look, whare to find the parts, and some may even lend a hand.

MIKE
WA State
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JeffDeWitt
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  10:08:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit JeffDeWitt's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I really like the TV show idea. If nothing else it could be put on the web, maybe on the LeMay Museum's website, maybe on the SDC and/or the Studebaker Museum's site, or if even YouTube or Hulu.

Jeff DeWitt
https://carolinastudes.net
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barnlark
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  10:27:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
By the way, I notice the you mentioned the very last Avanti sold by Studebaker as also being there. If you mean the last one built, it is right here in Cleveland.

https://www.wrhs.org/index.php/crawford/Search_Collections/Auto_Collection/1964_Studebaker
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studegary
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  10:43:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would NOT RESTORE the Avanti. I WOULD make it museum quality. By this, I mean to repaint it to its original appearance and bring the interior up to a nice condition. Do not do the chassis, other than tires and wheelcovers, or the engine compartment. This would make a nice and representative display without getting into an extremely large expenditure.

You mention the last Avanti. The last that I knew 5643 was in the Crawford Museum. The Crawford Museum has many cars for sale, but I checked and 5643 wasn't one of them. If they are referring to a higher serial number, such as 5653, those Avantis were early cars that received late serial numbers in order to sell them. To me, 5643, the last Avanti built and the last R3, is more significant than an early prototype that received a late number in order to make it saleable.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

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Rich
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USA
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  10:45:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is a picture of what is reported to be the last Avanti Sold by The Studebaker Corporation. It has Serial # RB009 as I am told. I tried to verify the actual Serial Number, but the hood latch was either broken or mis-adjusted - I could not open the hood.

The story I heard was that there were 9 additional Avanti's sold after production stopped. Some or all of them may have been built much earlier but used as engineering mules or proto-types.



Rich

Richard Morris
Renton, WA
64 Avanti R-1 #5367
90 Avanti 4-door #78
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studegary
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  10:59:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't tell by that number (RB009), but this probably is one of the early Avantis that received a late serial number in order to sell it or the 009 could be a 1965 Avanti II (RQA009) and not be a Studebaker. A third possibility is that the 009 number is the engineering number of one of the cars that received a normal serial number after the last Avanti (5643), but the other Avantis in that category were EX294(x) enginering numbers.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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JBOYLE
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  11:10:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thomas63R2
[ To display it in its current state will only reinforce any oddball connotations about the Avanti, and to a lesser degree Studebakers. Avantis and Studebakers do not need any additional negative reinforcement.



Amen!

As an Avanti owner, I'd like to see their popularity increase instead of looking like the punchline to a old joke.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
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Washington State
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JBOYLE
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  11:11:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thomas63R2
[ To display it in its current state will only reinforce any oddball connotations about the Avanti, and to a lesser degree Studebakers. Avantis and Studebakers do not need any additional negative reinforcement.



Amen!

As an Avanti owner, I'd like to see their popularity increase instead of looking like the punchline to a old joke.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State
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bige
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Posted - 08/30/2009 :  11:25:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To me the last one sold doesn't carry the same cache. Maybe because it didn't signify the end as the Avanti II continued in much the same form for years.

IMHO, the imprortant Stude Avantis are the first one produced, Richard Vaux's car serial 4892 which could be considered the first real 1964 Avanti, the R3's, and my car.

I don't think there's anything wrong with doing a nice museum/driver quality restoration. The general public from 5-8 feet away wouldn't know the difference. If taking that route gets it done so be it but from the looks of that car since you have to 95% just to get it presentable you might as well do it 100% and do it right.

Jeez, the Mopar and Corvette guys would restore something just because it was 1 of 3 in some weird color that nobody wanted when they were new and that's why there was only 3 of them to begin with.

'53 Corvettes were all the same color but you know that 'job #1' is worth a ton and every other '53 Corvette owner would want that car even though he's looking at a twin to the one he already has.

Just think of all the hopeful expectations Studebaker Corp. had that were attached to that car as it came of the line. It had the weight of the whole company on its shoulders.

Brings a tear to your eye doesn't it? Or since we're talking Avanti a little drop of oil.


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barnlark
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  12:02:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The last one sold sounds like one's perspective. How many were still in stock after the last one was built? The least popular color combo and engine/trans combo could have been the last one actually sold by the company. Who was the last dealer to sell the last Avanti on their lot? It could have technically been the last real one sold by 1966 while still under Studebaker's control. Depends how far one wants to take the argument.
RB009 doesn't sound right, however the real last one is not there, it's in the Crawford.
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JimsLeadCommander
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  01:44:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When people come into a museum I think most of us expect museum quality items on display. This Avanti as is, looks terrible; reminds me of a "Cash for your Clunker" vehicle. Under the hood I noticed Gold paint on the inner fenders; could THAT be the original color? If it proves to be correct then paint it gold with seats that match the nice beige dash with new carpet, door panels etc. Then when the folks come in and see this golden marvel their mouths will drop open and they'll be amazed with the style and beauty of the restored (but, they won't know for sure) car.

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R2Andy
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  02:04:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In my book, 63R1001 deserves nothing less than a complete, correct restoration. I don't care if George Barris himself put the car in it's present condition, the car deserves so much better. As far as being the first one built, there were others before it. But it IS the first Production Avanti. The prototype cars had EX serial numbers and some were given production serial numbers late in the game and were sold like nothing special. The last Avanti built was R5643, the Erdelac car, and was also the last of the 9 R3 cars. As far as the last car Sold? How are you going to prove that?


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bonehead007
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  09:52:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The question to ask , is he willing to put the time and $$$$ towards what looks to be a frame up restoration ? If not, maybe trying to convince him to sell/donate it to the Studebaker Museum would be an option to persue.



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4961Studebaker
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  11:48:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In my opinion, based on your idea that you want this car to be your flag ship.

Do you really want this car, in its current condition, sitting in a "world class auto museum located....at the S. lot of the Tacoma Dome"?
Risking a poor, lasting impression on your museum patrons?

Retore it to show quality the way the production order said, check with the Forum for authenticty, repair help, advice, etc.

Research the angle of a TV restoration show/sponsor. Or a documentary piece combining old Factory photo's, South Bend assembly, mixed with your own present day restoration video for vistors to look at as they look at the car.




ChopStu


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Mike
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  12:06:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I corresponded with Rich, in 2005, about the "Last Avanti". The serial #, according to Eric Lemay, as I understood it, is R 5653. It's believed to be the last Studebaker Avanti in the sense that there are none with a higher serial #.
After production ceased, a few engineering cars, (10?), were put into sellable condition, given regular serial #'s, and sold. I've seen build sheets for two of these:

02/26/64, 63R 5650 = 4/26/62, EX-2947, (63R X9)
04/03/64, R-5651 = 4/03/62, EX-2944, (62R X6)

The above is date of build sheet, standard serial # assigned, date engineering # assigned, engineering serial #, and (second engineering # ). I wonder if a build sheet for R 5653 exists. My guess is that it will show the car was EX 2942, 45, or 46.
I don't know if the engineering # was left in place, on the frame rail, near the steering box, or not.
It's interesting that the serial # 63R 5650 uses the the 1963 Avanti prefix with the # 5650, which is past the last '64 production #. There's a note on the build sheet that it was "converted to '63 production car...". I wonder if R-5651 & R 5653 were to 1964 spec.
Mike M.

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fmarshall
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  12:36:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
#1001 should be in as built. The last one ??

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63 Avanti R2, 4-Speed, 3.73 TT
Martinez, CA


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R3 challenger
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  12:49:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The build sheets I have for R-5653 show a final assembly date of 4-16-62. A note at the bottom says "Car built in Engineering Dept. as 62RX8 Prototype serial EX-2946."

The production order for 63R-1001 says it was originally Avanti White with an Orange interior (Deluxe, Option #733=perforated seat inserts). It was built as an R2/4-speed. Power steering is listed on the PO, but it's doesn't appear to be on the car now. The photos show a white door jamb (agreeing with the original PO), but the under hood area is gold.

Recently, there's been discussion about some Studebakers of the 1960s having been built with red spark plug cables. The wires on this car appear to be red, but that doesn't prove anything, of course. The Avanti wires have not been a subject of that discussion yet, just Lark and Hawks. Wonder if these are original?

George

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8E45E
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  1:02:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by okc63avanti

Restore it as per the production order ...



AGREED!

Craig
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MikeValent
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  1:07:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All I can think of to display it in its current condition would be to have a figure of Sherwood Egbert pulling a sheet off it while uttering the famous mortuary line from The Godfather, "Look what they did to my boy". As it looks now, it could serve as a good illustration of JDP's "cheap Avanti" concept.

Its only significant museum value would be as Studebaker's first production Avanti. That demands restoration to its actual build specs and quality. Meaning the paint and the bumper chrome probably shouldn't be perfect.

On the other end, I would think that the last Avanti manufactured - last completed one off the assembly line - would have some importance. Last sold, either by the company or by one of its dealers, is a big "so what?"

MikeV
Pompano Beach, FL
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Mike
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Posted - 08/31/2009 :  1:07:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George,
There should be two other dates on the build sheet. The date of the build sheet is in the top left corner. Maybe there's a ship date near the top right corner. I'd expect both to be 1964.
Mike M.

Edited by - Mike on 08/31/2009 1:10:34 PM
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