Car of the Week: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2

It probably isn’t 100 percent accurate to call Jason Ford’s 1963 Studebaker Avanti his “daily driver.” But it’s close. The Luxemburg, Wis., resident doesn’t drive his stunning gray Avanti when there is salt or sand on the Wisconsin roads, and he usually has to shut the car down for at least a few weeks...

The production Avanti introduced for the 1963 model year was spot-on to the design Loewy’s team conjured up for the car that was intended to save Studebaker car production.

Fab at 50: ‘New Star’ Avanti was born a half century ago

By John Hull The Studebaker-Packard Corp. board of directors appeared to be setting a course of action in early 1961 that would reorganize the corporation as a mini conglomerate. The new structure would have minimal, if any, reliance on what had been Studebaker’s primary business: the manufacture of automobiles. Unfortunately, that division had become...