Studebaker is long gone, but one of the greatest legacies they left us was the Avanti. Many collectors overlook these cars because of their awkward lines and fiberglass bodies, but we think you will consider this one after seeing what is under the hood. It has been in storage since 1983 and is listed here on eBay where bidding is currently at $2,800. A special thanks goes to Joey K. for sending this in.
Most Avantis were fitted with a warmed-over version of Studebaker’s 289 V8 which was good for 240 horses. Studebaker wanted to offer more power though, so they joined up with Paxton to develop a high performance model. By fitting a supercharger they were able to increase horsepower to a respectable 290 and as you can see, this 1964 Avanti is one of those rare R2 models.
This car requires a full restoration, but any Studebaker nut will agree that this one is worth saving. The supercharger makes it more desirable and the four-speed transmission is a nice bonus. A few parts are missing and the engine smokes, but we have seen worse brought back to life. So, do you think this supercharged Stude is worth the cost of restoration or should it go back into the barn?