R4130 was chosen to develop the styling changes for a "1964 prototype" car. Engineering used it to test all the intended '64 upgrades plus it had an R3 engine retrofitted (it's not one of the nine assembly line installed R3 cars). It was taken offline, sent to engineering and fitted with square lights, additional cowl grill, radiator grill, drip moldings, and numerous interior changes including thick back seats and wood grain interior detail. Some of the upgrades are still slightly different than production '64 changes (the square headlight frames don't fit flush, but protrude slightly). The "pirates buckles" emblems on the inside door panels and exterior sail panels have an "SE" in them rather than the Studebaker "S". Some items such as light switch bezels and metal fresh air grills never made it to market. It was then used for 1964 advertising brochures and advertisements. Car was originally titled to Studebaker Corporation signed by Assistant Chief engineer H.T. Reynolds. R4130 was eventually purchased by Sherwood Egbert, the president of Studebaker who served from 1961-1963. 1964 accessories including tilt wheel, power windows, brakes and steering, factory AM-FM radio, 8000 RPM (R-3) tachometer, original factory Halibrand mag wheels. Custom supercharger auxiliary cooler system installed by Paxton-Granetelli and front end modified for Bonneville speed run.
A side view of the "64" R4130 prototype.
Front view of the prototype.
Interior view of 64 R4130 prototype.
The "pirates buckles" emblems on the inside door panels and exterior sail panels have an "SE" in them rather than the Studebaker "S."