Wednesday, February 22, 2012

1964 Studebaker Avanti

During summer 1963, a production Avanti is again sent to Bonneville where, with the support of Sears-Allstate, it breaks no less than 337 speed records. Still battling production problems, Studebaker unfortunately do not sell as many Avantis as it could. Finally, the promising car’s career is interrupted in December 1963, as Studebaker’s production is transferred from South Bend to Canada.

Studebaker Avanti
With limited resources, Studebaker has succeeded in presenting a brand new car, its first in ten years. A wedge-shaped coupe made of fibreglass, it has been designed by Raymond Loewy. This year’s car is identical to the one seen in 1963, though the round headlight covers are replaced by square chrome housings shortly after the model year has started. Late during the year, a larger 5.0-litre block is made available, again with an optional compressor.
● Introduction: April 1962. Construction: body on separate chassis. Engine: water-cooled V-8, 4.7-litre, 240 hp, mounted at the front. Optional engines: supercharged V-8, 4.7-litre, 289 hp; V-8, 5.0-litre, 280 hp and supercharged V-8, 5.0-litre, 335 hp (5.0-litre engines available from late 1963). Transmission: to the rear wheels through a three-speed manual gearbox. Four-speed manual and three-speed automatic gearboxes optional. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to disk on front wheels, drums on rear wheels. Servo optional. Length: 488 cm. Top speed: 225 kph. Range: two-door sport coupe.

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  1. the 5L v8 was a 304.5 cubic inch from the 289 ,,,, horse powers of all were much more than speeds were more as they say the r1 289 was a 120mph car.. my brothers r1 lark was timed at 138 mph ,,, later after rebuild 143 mph...The r2 could get up to 150 + The taller diff ratio helps....the r3 with the double valve springs was really 400 + HP....the so called r 5 was actually well into 600 + recorded at 664 hp...200 mph + 222.3 mph by ron hall i think....

  2. Thanks for the additional info. Many American manufacturers had a tendency in those days to understate the output of their more powerful cars, above all not to arouse the insurance companies' anger.