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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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  • [...] have spotted Avantis before but never one parked on shag carpet. [...]

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  • this is my car #5470. Living in NJ and working in NYC I will drive the car in occasionally when its not too hot or rain in the forecast . I do drive this car without fear and recently drove 245 miles to Hagerstown Regional Airport for a photo shoot under one of 2 C-80′s that Studebaker used in 62 to showcase the 63 Avanti around the Country.
    Thanks to my friend Neil who discovered this photo

  • my email was incorrect with previous comment.
    This is my 64 R2 Avanti #5470

    I am excited to have received this link from my friend Neil who had the time to discover it.
    thanks
    Mark

  • Indeed I am the ubiquitous Neil, Marks NYC bon-vivant friend!
    I have been an Avanti devotee since 1962, having owned six examples.
    Mark finds the time to actually work on his cars, despite being a corporate executive toiling in the NYC pressure cooker.
    Yes, he is a true car guy, and is in every sense of the word, a ‘gear-head’
    The car you see is 100% restored, a finer example whould be difficult to imagine:-)
    Bravo, Mark!