1963 Studebaker Avanti R2

1963 Studebaker Avanti R2

One of fewer than 750 factory-built R2, four-speed cars. Recent engine rebuild and mechanical servicing by marque experts. An outstanding example of this stylish sixties icon.

This beautifully presented 1963 Avanti is a genuine, factory built R2, 4-speed, finished in Avanti Gold (P-6333) over a two-tone tan interior. A highly attractive example, it comes to us via a noted Avanti enthusiast and collector who has recently treated the car to a no-expense-spared mechanical overhaul and cosmetic freshening to ensure it drives and performs every bit as good as it looks. This car features the desirable R2 package, which adds the supercharged 289 V8, and is paired with the preferred 4-speed manual gearbox to make the ultimate Gentleman’s Express. The body is crisp and well detailed, and the color flatters the shape quite nicely. Brightwork is in excellent condition, featuring restored bumpers and numerous rare new-old-stock parts. Period correct 6.70-15 BF Goodrich tires are fitted to beautiful alloy wheels, which are faithful recreations of the original Halibrand style 7011 magnesium wheels that were a special option in West Coast markets.

The interior is trimmed with two-tone upholstery on the seats, with correct light colored accents. It retains factory original instruments and switchgear – including the aircraft-inspired overhead switches for lights and the heater fan. The Avanti was the first American car to feature seatbelts front and rear as optional equipment.

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