Mecum Auctions | 19-Nov-2016 | Anaheim 2016 | Venue : Anaheim Convention Center 800 West Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92802
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : S83
Year : 1963
Engine Size : 289 CI
Colour : Red
Interior : Red/Black/Tan
Chassis No. : # R3828
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
Purchased in 1972
One of 4,643 built
Jaguar V12 XKE independent rear suspension widened 8 inches with inboard disc brakes
Custom made Dayton stainless steel knock-off wire wheels
Supercharged 289 CI engine
Less than 2,000 miles since engine rebuild
Chromed Sanden air conditioning compressor
Detailed and chromed engine compartment
Bottom of chassis covered with polished aluminum
Custom leather interior with Recaro seats
Custom wiring harness
Multiple award winner

One of 4,643 produced for the 1963 model year, this Unique Studebaker Avanti has been retained by its present owner since 1972. Approximately 2,000 miles ago, the car was subjected to a comprehensive restoration. The original 289 CI engine has been modified with R2 cylinder heads, a Paxton supercharger with 10 lbs of boost and Corvette side pipes with stainless-steel mufflers. The front suspension is outfitted with Koni coilover shocks and the rear suspension was sourced from a V-12 Jaguar and widened 8 inches. The car has been upgraded with 4-wheel disc brakes with the rears located inboard to reduce unsprung weight. The body has been modified with a hand-formed fiberglass air dam, tunneled driving lights, shaved handles and trunk and an asymmetrical hood scoop. Painted in Wild Strawberry with Goldleaf accents, the hood scoop was detailed with ghost flames, additional Goldleaf and a pearl paint fade. The detailed undercarriage is sheathed in polished stainless steel, which, according to the seller, is easier to clean if displaying in car shows is desired. The interior is upholstered in leather (including the headliner) and has been fitted with Recaro seats with adjustable lumbar support. A custom full-length aluminum center console resides between the front buckets and has an auxiliary computer port built in. The rear seats were padded to match those upfront and the door panels were custom-built with arm rests and recessed handles. To keep the cockpit cool, the car was outfitted with an R134A Freon air-conditioning unit complete with a polished Sanden compressor. The upgraded 3-point retractable seat belts have been fastened to the hidden roll bar. The trunk houses a full-size spare with matching wire wheel as well as a 6-disc CD changer and amplifier. Rolling on stainless Dayton wheels with winged Jaguar knock-offs wrapped in new radial tires, this striking Avanti has been featured in numerous magazines including a three-page spread in “Drive” and was the cover of “Avanti Owner’s International” and “Turning Wheels” magazines. A perennial award winner, this Avanti has earned an impressive array of trophies since completion including a second-place finish at the renowned Grand National Roadster show.