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1964 R3 Studebaker Avanti R5523

This sharp 1964 Studebaker Avanti belongs to Don Fitzsimons of Grottoes, Virginia. Don's Avanti is powered by a Paxton supercharged Studebaker R3 V8 with a stock Carter AFB 4-barrel carburator. The engine is bored .090 over to 320 cubic inches. Other modifications include Crane roller camshaft and triple valve springs, Crower roller lifters, Oberg oiling and fuel system, and MSD electronic ignition. Here is a picture of the beautifully detailed engine bay from the opposite side showing the supercharger setup.

The transmission is a stock Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed with a Hurst competition shifter and stock Dana 44 rear axle with Studebaker Twin Traction limited slip differential. The suspension includes heavy duty leaf springs with traction bars, front and rear anti-sway bars, gas shocks, and power disc brakes. The car rides on 16" Budnick aluminum wheels 7" wide front and 8" wide rear and Goodyear Gatorback high performance radial tires 225/55 VR16 front and 255/50 VR16 rear.

Studebaker gave Avanti buyers the choice of a supercharged engine or air conditioning but not both. Don's Avanti has been modified to include air conditioning and the original instruments have been replaced with round Auto Meter units that look right and give a stock appearence. Amenities include a Lecarra steering wheel, power windows, power antenna, and a Sony receiver with CD player and Kenwood amplifier with acoustic crossover and Pioneer speakers. The flawless fiberglass body is painted Ford Bright Lapus Blue

ref... Dec 01, 2011