Studebaker Avanti R1001 was the first production Avanti.
LeMay - America's Car Museum is restoring the car to its original condition when it was produced as a 1963 model. The car is confirmed by documentation as #1001- the first Avanti sold. The vin or serial number on 1963-1964 Avantis is embossed on a stainless tag about 2 in. x 3 in. on the top side of the right frame rail directly below the heater blower motor in the engine compartment. The engine in this car is number #1002 which matches the build data on file with the Studebaker Museum
. The body is back to the original color, Avanti White. The engine work is done, complete with the restored supercharger
. The chrome and stainless are ready for installation, a new radiator is installed, all the gauges have been professionally restored and calibrated, and many new parts have been procured and are ready for re-assembly. The transmission and the brake booster are being refurbished. A set of 1963 Avanti rims have been obtained and tires will be ordered. The search continues for items such as a Tuxedo Orange carpet set. Photos courtesy LeMay America's Car Museum visit the Avanti 1001 Project website