Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY THIRTY-TWO: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2
Jason Ford has seen the odometer in his 1963 Studebaker Avanti roll over 200,000 miles. Ford flew from Wisconsin to Washington state to look at the car back in 1997. He promptly drove it about 2,000 miles home and he’s rarely had it off the road since.
“I drive it as much as I can. As long as the weather is nice, it’s out,” he says. “I bought it to drive it, not to look at it. It’s always out until at least Thanksgiving, and there have been a few years I’ve had it out until Christmas if it hasn’t snowed much. If they don’t salt the roads, I’ll keep driving it.”
Ford was one of those guys who loved the Avantis from the start, even before he became a Studebaker loyalist.
“I had been looking for one since I was in high school. I saw my first one of these at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit,” he said. “I went to high school in Detroit and just loved the car, but obviously I didn’t have any money then. It was probably 10 or 15 years later when I thought I could buy one.”
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