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For Sale: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 in Sandwich, Illinois


Vehicle Description

1963 Studebaker Avanti R1

Supercharged - Magnesium Wheels - RARE - a Survivor!

Mostly All Original Survivor
Rare Dealer Installed R2 Paxton Supercharged Option
Ultra Rare Halibrand 15" Magnesium Wheels
Original 289ci Engine with Automatic Transmission
1 of 2,282 Avanti R1's built in 1963
Only 63k Document Original Miles by Oil Change Tags
Mostly All Original Paint
All Original Interior
Totally Mechanically Gone Through
Runs & Drives Excellent!
Extremely Rare Find
One of the Finest Survivor Studebaker Avanti's around

The rakish 1963-64 Studebaker Avanti was among the most daring 1960s American cars, a modern masterpiece with totally unique American styling that even top exotic Italian auto stylists wouldn't attempt to do.

The Avanti had advanced safety features, when no U.S. automaker particularly gave a darn about safety. Such features included a built-in roll bar, padded interior and door latches that became structural body members when closed.

Performance? An Avanti with a supercharged V-8 was one of the fastest 1960s autos. A supercharged model hit 168 mph, while a modified version reached 196 mph--a staggering speed for a 1960s production street car. Some 29 Bonneville speed records were smashed by a supercharged Avanti.

Quick Condition Guide - (Condition Rating Scale: #1 Perfect, #2 Near Perfect driver, #3 Excellent driver, #4 Nice driver, #5 Needs Work, #6 Parts. Each section is rated based on the type of vehicle it represents being part of.)  Info from

Overview Of Entire Vehicle: *Condition #3+ (Excellent Driver/Survivor)
This 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1 is a true survivor that is mostly all original from front to back. With only 63k pampered original miles. The Silver Mist Metallic Paint looks to be mostly all original with a completely all original interior right down to the carpet. This R1 is loaded with unique options, including the R2 Paxton Supercharged option which was possibly dealer installed, as it is all correct with the correct supercharged carburetor. It even has the ultra rare and valuable, original set of 15" Halibrand magnesium wheels. The way this car is equipped, it could have been a very special car from new. It probably still has its build sheet hidden in the car someplace, as it is so original.  Do not miss out on your chance to own, one of the finest surviving Studebaker Avanti's around.
Correct 289ci Engine
Dealer Installed R2 Paxton Supercharger
Automatic Transmission
Power Steering
Power Brakes
AM Radio
Wood Grain Steering Wheel and Dash
15" Halibrand Magnesium Wheels

Car Vin Numbers are R4787
Engine Number is R3274
Trim Tag Number is RQ3592, which matches Chalk Mark under the hood

Exterior: *Condition #3

This car is mostly all original with about 90% original paint that is in excellent condition with a great shine with only minor chips touched up due to the age. The body on this Avanti is very straight and is in amazing condition. It has never been hit, hurt or apart. All of the original chrome, rubber, lenses, and glass are in excellent condition. This is definitely one of the cleanest, mostly original Studebaker Avanti's around. The Halibrand magnesium wheels are originals, not reproductions.

Interior: *Condition #2-

The black leather interior is completely all-original right down to the carpet. The interior is absolutely gorgeous and the only reason for the 2- is the original carpet does have a little fading as well as a small sag in the headliner. The headliner, can easily taken out and reglued down. All of the chrome, wood, and dish pad is in perfect condition and looks like new. Everything inside is in working condition with the exception of the clock, but all of the lights and other gauges work correctly. The trunk has what appears to be the original spare wheel with the original jack instructions and looks amazing with all of the factory bound carpet.

Mechanically: *Condition #3

This 289ci engine in this Avanti appears to be original according to the numbers and is in strong running condition. It has an added R2 Paxton Supercharger on it and a factory supercharged carburetor. We strongly believe the supercharged was put on at the dealership when new as it look to have been on the car since day one and is all correct. Mechanically, the brakes were just gone through, the carburetor was rebuilt and the fuel system was also just gone through and fully cleaned. The originality of this vehicle continues under the hood with the original hood pad, ignition shielding, weather stripping, wiper bag, and chalk marking from the factory that matches the trim tag.  You will not be disappointed by the drivability on this one.

Under Carriage: *Condition #3

This Under Carriage on this vehicle is clean as can be. The frame is completely rust free and the suspension
appears to be original but tight feeling. The only thing that looks recently replaced is the exhaust. The rest of the car does not appear to leak at all and is very clean and original.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1443273
  • Price:$34,900
  • Location:Sandwich, Illinois
  • Year:1963
  • Make:Studebaker
  • Model:Avanti R2
  • Exterior Color:Silver
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:63642
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Engine Condition:Running