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Garage Queens: Studebaker Avanti R2 – East 44th Street, NYC

March 26th, 2012 by Stu

Bringing sexy back from South Bend Indiana, I spotted this ultra rare Studebaker Avanti laying low in a Murray Hill garage on 44th Street. Studebaker made fewer than 5,000 of these racy Avanti sport coupes between June of ’62 and December of ’63. Why so rare? Mostly because Studebaker was slow to deliver initial orders due to production issues with the Chevy Corvette-like fiberglass body, which resulted in owners defecting to Corvette. This beautifully maintained merlot example sports the Paxton supercharged engine option, known as R2, making it among the rarest of the bunch.

It’s a damn shame these slippery American coupes never got the chance to take off. It would have been interesting to give Corvette a fiber glass-bodied peer to make things more interesting for enthusiasts.

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