Bob's Studebaker Resource Website

Avanti II RQA models
Version B


A partial registry of owners of the Avanti Automobile. Registrants included are members of the Avanti Chat group and other interested parties. No addresses or phone numbers will be included to protect privacy.

4647 Avantis were built by the Studebaker Corporation from June 1962 - December 1963. 1389 models were manufactured in 1962. 3258 units were manufactured in 1963. Of these, 2418 were 1963 models, 30 were transitional, 54 were 1964 models with round headlights and 764 were 1964 models throughout....

45 cars in 1965, 59 cars in 1966, 66 cars in 1967, and 100 cars in 1968.


Newman - Altman spent 1965 re-engineering the car for the GM engine, upgraded upholstery and other amenities. There were no official 1965 models. Any cars produced in 1965 are regarded as '66' models. The R-series engine options under Studebaker also disappeared and the vehicle numbering system went from "R-xxxx' to 'RQA-xxxx'. They adapted the GM 327 Cubic inch/300 HP through a custom bellhousing and coupled it to the existing Powershift (FMX type) transmission. The remainder of the car stayed, as Studebaker had produced it, with the exception of the emblems.

The installation of the new engine required the body to be pivoted upward in front, in order to accomodate its dimensions. This was accomplished by using varying thicknesses of steel shims along the frame mounting points. The resulting, additional, three inch gap between the fender and top of the wheel was remedied by installing filler pieces at the top of the wheel opening.
The 327 engine remained until 1969, when the 350/300 was installed, again coupled with the original Powershift (FMX) transmission.

For those that need a trivia point, the "II" in the Avanti II emblem was made from the Lark's V-8 emblem, by cutting off the first 2 characters of the "VIII"



    RQA-0009
    18 May 2001
    Joe Geib
    Bumpass VA 23024
    Owned since April 2001

    RQA-0017
    28 Dec 2003
    Ed George SR

      Running driving car.Very useable as is,improve as you wish.Has new hog troughs but need frame improvement.Have a couple of wheel and tire choices
    708 331-9323


    RQA-0020

    Don Johnson
    Jacksonville,FL 32225-2017

      Don passed away on Jan 5, 2005

    RQA-0030

    Ed Robinson
    Monroe, New York 10950
      Tilt Wheel

    RQA-0032


    RQA-0037



    RQA-0038

    68 title / 64 body tag / 66 seats & Serial # ???


    RQA-0040

    Bill Stroud
    Berrien Springs ,MI 49103

    RQA-0041

    Michael Clayton
    Uniontown, MD

    RQA-0044
    22 July 2002

    Auction Sale
    South Sioux City, NE
      4-speed

    RQA-0045


    RQA-0052
    12 February 2002

    Barry
      Also own the rear clip of Johnny Carsons 63



    RQA-0062

    J. Thompson, St. Peter, MN
    Turning Wheels, September 1990


    RQA-0063
    01 Aug 2001
    Alan Garner
    Burbank CA 91505
      Owned since July 2001
      Formerly Wayne Cypress, Southfield, MI


      Turning Wheels, March 1980


    RQA-0088
    September 2006


    RQA-0093

    Ed Belinski
    Martinez, GA 30907
      327/300


    RQA-0103
    July 2007
    Lee DelaBarre

      VERY bad shape '67. bought missing its drivetrain, shot frame, hog troughs gone and hit in front. This one will probably not survive as a whole.




    RQA-0105

    Mac, Pomona, CA
    TW November 1980



    RQA-0109

    Apr 2007
    Northridge, Ca
    EBAY SALE


    RQA-0110

    Tom Ossowski
    Willis, TX 77378
      #52 of 59 / Being retro-fitted with mid 80's GM Chassis (July 2001)



    RQA-0105
    Jan 2005
    Barret Jackson auction
    Lot #337
    $13,000.00/reserve/ sold?
    buyer/seller unk

      rare car, older rebuilt, engine, trans, interior, about 5 years ago. avanti spoke wheels, this is a driver that has been garage kept since rebuilt. also has a/c.


    RQA-0117
    10 October 2002

    Bob Ziff
    Langhorne, PA 19047
      Owned since 10/98

    RQA-0123
    Sep 29 2004
    Arnold Nelson
    Amboy, In.

      Nee:
      "Max & Nikie Starkey"
      Peru, IN 46970
      from 1978 - 1988 60,000 miles
        bought it about 1978 to 79 from a couple in Brownsburg , In. The car was turquoise out / black cloth interior with turq. trim and the dash was turq. Had the 327/300 engine with a automatic. In 1980 or 81 the factory strip(ed) and paint(ed) the car. At that time I had bought RQB 2011 the last car ordered built in 1973. If you need any thing else let me know. Max


      RQA-0133


      RQA-0135
      21 August 2001

      Brian Scott
      Mooresville NC 28117
      Owned since August 15, 2001
      Formerly: John Poulos
      Arnold, MD

      RQA-0145


      RQA-0147
      Ebay Sale, October 2006
      Costa Mesa, CA


      RQA-0151

      Phil Solheim
      East Troy, WI 53120


      RQA-0161
      June 2006
      Ebay Sale

      Supercharged


      RQA-0173
      05 May 2005
      Ken Duels


      RQA-0190
      17 May 2001

      Dick Tygielski
      Benicia CA 94510
      Owned since 1996
        also 73' rqb-1926

      RQA-0206
      Look Close!


      RQA-0215
      05 November 2001

      Gilles Dubreuil
      Domaine de la tour
      89 660 Merry sur Yonne
      France
      2nd owner
      Imported as new in 1968
      License -6901 RJ 89 (as of 1995)
      1932 SA 78 (as of 1968)
      Owned since August 2001
      red exterior/ black interior
      327/350 HP engine

    RQA-0218

    Chris Norton
    Hermiston, OR 97838
      Over 480,000 miles. Z23 engine, Chrysler rotors & Calipers.

    RQA-0226

    Jim Babcock
    Mineral Ridge, OH. 44440
      Built in '68, titled as a '67

    RQA-0242
    (good picture resource)


    RQA-0252
    28 May 2005
    Lonny Aires
    Smithfield, VA

      fender flares


    RQA-0256
    16 July 2001

    Todd Greenfield
    Los Angeles, CA 90064
    Owned since 1968


    RQA-0262
    January 2003

    Rowlett, TX
      EBAY SALE




    RQA-0271

    Norfolk, VA
    Turning Wheels, December 1996


    RQA-0277
    LUMA
    AOAI Forum


    RQA-0284
    11 June 2002

    Tom Bradish
    Johnstown, PA 15906


    RQA-0291

    Karl Piller
    Portland, OR 97206


    RQA-0297

    Jefferey & Gayle Angelli
    Buffalo, NY


RQA-0304
07 September 2001

Sean Mulholland
Becket, MA 01223
Owned since 1969


RQA-0307

Somewhere in Georgia
Ebay Sale, February 2007


RQA-0317
05 September 2001
Steve Brooks
Liberal, KS 67901
Previous - Nebraska

RQA-0319
17 Jun 2002

Wayne Elliott
Oregon
    Owned since 1971

RQA-0327
22July 2002

Mike BohaciK
Detroit,MI

RQA-0339

Lance Lambert

RQA-0349
24 Aug 2005
Paul Gayda
Waynesboro, Va.

    bought and Sold before 1980
    Purchaser was going to put car in a Studebakers" Restaurant


RQA-0350

Frank Antoniello
Commack, Long Island, NY 11747

RQA-0353

William Otterson
North Richland Hills, TX 76180

RQA-0354
10 December 2001

Carl Bruce
Lancaster, PA, 17603
    Owned since August 2001
    Previous Owner: Wayne Poirer, Lancaster, PA

RQA-0371
Nov 2004


RQA-0381

Bob & Donna Johnstone
Great Falls, VA 22066-1228

RQA-0387
Aug 2003

Fred Geil

Annapolis, Md 21401

    Purchased 1978
    Previous Owner: Roger Penn



RQA-0395
Miami, FL, May 2005
Ebay sale


RQA-0405
09 May 2001

Bill Reich
Massapequa, NY 11758

Bill passed in 2006


RQA-0406


RQA-0413


There's a lot more to be added to this page.... watch this space..


Mar 2007
I received a phone call today from a collector in San Diego that says he has the only 1967 Avanti with a factory installed supercharger and corvette engine. It was nicknamed the "White Whale" and originally built for the president of the company that built the Avanti body. He states it has 38,000 original miles and he wants to sell it. He feels the market should bring $30K (I did not want to get involved with estimating it's worth, I just told him I would pass the information onto this group). The car was repainted red by Nate Altman and sold to a gentleman in South Bend. The collector in San Diego is the second owner. If you want his contact information, send me an e-mail and I will forward his contact info to you. He states he has all of the documentation for the car.