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This stunningly restored Avanti, 63R 1004, was the fourth production car built and was ￼shipped to Studebaker’s New York office in August 1962, most likely for publicity purposes. Finished in Avanti White, arguably the best color to show off the radical vision of the new sporting design, 1004 is complemented by a tangerine interior. Options include tinted glass, power steering, front and rear seat belts, radio and antenna, automatic floor shift, Twin Traction limited-slip differential, whitewall tires, and a Paxton supercharger. All options are specified in the factory build sheet.
Marque specialist WDC Garage in Massachusetts carried out the frame-off restoration of 1004 for an Edgartown enthusiast in the early 2000s. Numerous part invoices attest to the level of detail involved in returning 1004 to its factory-new appearance. Finished in its original color combination, its 289 bhp supercharged engine is also confirmed by accompanying factory records as original. Upon inspection, the Avanti appears fresh and crisp in every detail.
The consignor, a perennial owner of multiple Avantis, recently retained Tim McNair of Grand Prix Concours Preparation of Pennsylvania to ensure that the Avanti presents at the highest possible level. The engine compartment in particular dazzles with its chrome-plated components and near-perfect detailing.
The Avanti has had a loyal following since its debut, and variations on its design remained in production until 2006. Chassis 63R 1004 is one of the earliest of the line, and it is most certainly one of the finest examples to be found anywhere.