Welcome fans of the pride of South Bend. I am a long-time Studebaker fan and Studebaker Driver's Club member, having owned a 57 Silver Hawk in high school and a 59 Lark Regal Hardtop in college. Since then, I have owned other Studes as hobby cars including a 62 Champ Pickup, a 64 Canadian Commander Special, a 62 GT Hawk, a 60 Lark Regal 4-door, and my present 57 Silver Hawk (not the same one I owned in high school -- that one I wrecked). If you have any suggestions or comments, please send me a message. Both text and image contributions are welcome.


October 1995

1963 Studebaker Avanti Coupe

These pictures of Bobby Ballance's 1963 Avanti were taken at the Colonial Virginia Meet in Yorktown several years ago. The Avanti was the last Raymond Loewy design produced by Studebaker. The base engine was a Studebaker 289 with a three-quarter race cam, four barrel carburator, dual exhausts, and other modifications. A supercharged version of this engine was optional but could not be ordered with air conditioning thus limiting its appeal. The only significant styling modification to the Avanti was the change to square headlights for 1964. Most Avantis were equipped with the innovative Powershift automatic transmission which was designed to be shifted manually if the driver so desired. Manual transmissions were also available but relatively few Avantis were so equipped. The Avanti used a fiberglass body so it is not prone to fender rust as are most other Studebakers. Avantis set a number of stock car records at Bonneville as part of an aggressive advertising and publicty campaign. Studebaker built a total of 4,643 Avantis before production ended.

Side View

Here is a front view of Bobby's sharp Avanti. The vinyl hood bra is to protect the fiberglass hood against stone chips.

Bobby took this picture of a Studebaker C Cab Pickup through the back window of his Avanti during the Colonial Virginia Meet.


1951 Studebaker Bullet Nose Sedan

These pictures were taken in 1965 at an early Studebaker Drivers Club gathering held at a Studebaker dealership on Long Island. Studebakers featured a "bullet nose" design in 1950 and 1951 and most people instantly recognize these models as Studebakers. The 1951 model used a plastic bullet that was somewhat smaller that the metal one used in 1950. The 1965 Commander looked the same as the equivalent 1964 model but used Chevrolet engines supplied by McKinnon Industries of Ontario, Canada. Studebaker only produced sedans and wagons for the 1965 model year. The last Hawks and Studebaker Avantis were assembled in December 1963 as 1964 models.

1965 Studebaker Commander Sedan

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Published October 1995