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July 17, 2024

Studebaker Avanti For Sale – Once Owned By Dick Van Dyke – See New Price


This rare Studebaker Avanti has SOLD on My Car Quest and is on its way from Southern California to another part of Southern California!

Congratulations to both the seller and the buyer.

by Mike –

This 1963 Studebaker Avanti R-1 Coupe is for sale. It is all original with original paint and interior. This is a very low mileage (about 12,000 miles) still running on what are believed to be the original tires. It is the best Avanti that I have seen in person.

This Avanti was ordered new by TV and film star Dick Van Dyke. It has a 289-cid, 240-hp OHV V-8 engine and a three-speed automatic transmission. It is white with maroon interior, deep red carpets and is in excellent condition throughout.

1963 Studebaker Avanti

1963 Studebaker Avanti

1963 Studebaker Avanti

1963 Studebaker Avanti R-1 Coupe

* Chassis no. 63R1783

* Body no. 63RQ977

* 289-cid, 240-hp OHV V-8 engine

* Three-speed automatic transmission

* Coil spring independent front suspension

* Live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs

* Disc-front, drum-rear power hydraulic brakes

* Excellent paint, interior and bright work

* Power steering

* Power brakes

* Air conditioning

* AM radio

* Owner’s Manual

* Blue California license plates – “Avanti” – the car is not currently registered with these plates

* Wheelbase: 109-inches

1963 Studebaker Avanti

1963 Studebaker Avanti

1963 Studebaker Avanti

1963 Studebaker Avanti

Conceived by Studebaker president Sherwood Egbert, it was designed in Palm Springs, California, by the Raymond Loewy team in just six weeks. The body is fiberglass. The basic “R-1” version used a “Jet Thrust” version of Studebaker’s 298-cid V-8, enhanced with a four-barrel carburetor, high-lift cam and dual exhaust.

Ordered new by television and film star Dick Van Dyke, this R-1 Avanti was delivered to Dick Van Dyke in December 1962. He owned it a short while, the second owner kept it for 32 years and sold it to the next owner in 1995. The current owner bought it in 2013.

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1963 Studebaker Avanti

1963 Studebaker Avanti

This must be the most original and lowest miles Studebaker Avanti for sale anywhere – and with celebrity ownership history! This is a unique opportunity to acquire a very special Studebaker Avanti.

Flip through a 1963 Studebaker Avanti sales brochure below.


1963 Avanti Brochure

Studebaker Avanti Logo


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  1. As often the case I cannot readily determine what year or date this listing occurred.
    I had always heard Dick Van Dyke owned one of these. as well as Excaliburs, but
    Hollywood folks had plenty of mad money to buy, collect and sell all sorts of gear.

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