1964 Studebaker Avanti R2

                 Supercharged Rear Wheel Drive

Production Years: 1962-1964
Country: United States
Number Produced: 4,647

Introduced at the 1962 New York Auto Show, the Studebaker Avanti (Italian for “Forward”), was an instant attraction.  However, like Talbot-Lago’s introduction of the “America” sports car, it did not generate enough buyer interest to save the Studebaker Corporation, which had suffered declining fortunes since the early 1950’s.

The Avanti’s exciting design hid some conventional Studebaker engineering.  The chassis was derived from the Studebaker Lark, and the engine was a higher output version of Studebaker’s V8.  The overall shape was developed in a matter of months by the famed Raymond Loewy design firm.  The accelerated production schedule meant that no time was available to create production body tooling, so the body was built of fiberglass.

The Avanti offered several advanced features in addition to the fiberglass body:  all-wheel disc brakes, integral roll-bar, and factory installed supercharger.

Although states required model-year designations for registration purposes, internally Studebaker did not identify model years, changes were incrementally made during production.

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