Avanti - 1963 Studebaker Avanti

1980-1983 Avanti II Registry

1963 Studebaker Registry
The Avanti II was made from 1965 to 1982. In 1981 the Avanti II buyer got a car that was equipped with air conditioning, electric window lifts, AM/FM stereo/cassette, tinted glass, power-assisted steering and brakes. The factory painted cars in any available automotive color and upholstered and carpeted the interior in any home or automotive vinyl/fabric/rug material. There were Recaro seats, a full leather interior, and Michelin steel belted radial tires. Support the Avanti Registry with a donation in any amount ($10, $20, or $50 are suggested) and a "Certified Registration" emblem will be included in your registration. Register Your Avanti
The "RQA" serial numbers appeared on the first Avanti II models from 1965 and continued into 1970. The "RQB" designation was added in 1970 and "RQA" was discontinued later that year. "RQB" was continued through 1985 though the Avanti II designation ended in 1984. The serial number and month/year of manufacture, along with a statement that all regulations at time of manufacture had been met, is found on a foil sticker or metal plate located near the door latch on the driver side of the B pillar. In addition to the "RQB" number, 16 digit VIN numbers may also appear on 1983-1985 models.
Owner Registry of 1980s Avanti IIs
Jan 31, 2003 1980 RQB2974 Manny Fleissner 1980 Avanti II, 350 cid, red interior and exterior, number 2 car, second owner, 55 thousand miles, located in Pioneer, California. 2003 Registration
Feb 1, 2014 1980 RQB3009 Bob Krutke White over burgundy leather ,350 GM V8, came with all available options. Moon roof, wire wheels, Recaro seats, power windows, door locks, power antenna, remote trunk release, air conditioning, cruise control. 2014 Registration
Jan 25, 2003 1980 RQB3024 Ed Barrett Steel Cities Gray with red leather interior. Purchased Jan. 18, 2003 from Bud Weisser in Knoxville. GM LM1 Crate motor, air, sunroof, Magnum 500 wheels, 88,950 miles. 2003 Registration
May 31, 2004 1980 RQB3028 Frankie "Pipps" Silver, gray interior, 350 Corvette engine, Automatic, all options– luggage rack, cruise control, power moonroof. East coast car–New Jersey, New York. Trying to trace origins–believe original owner was Regis Philbin–ABC television bought it for him as a gift. I love this car! 2004 Registration
Mar 7, 2007 1980 RQB3037 Mike & Fran Lenyo Our Avanti, "Big Red" is not just a car, she's a member of the family. As her name tells you, she's red with a tan interior. She loves cruising and going to car shows during the summer months.
2007 Registration
Oct 8, 2012 1980 RQB3049 George Ross Has been laying dead for many years. It needs a ton of work. 2012 Registration
Dec 5, 2007 1980 RQB3058 Sam Haberman White with light tan leather, Borani wire wheels, Nardi steering wheel, Ricaro seats, Blaupunt, sunroof, 38,000 miles. One prior California owner. Replaces my bought new 1979, RQB 2883, which demised when hit by a bakery truck in 1981. The rollbar saved my wife when a utility pole fell on the Avanti. RQB 2883 melted in the fire. 2007 Registration
Jun 16, 2003 1980 RQB3074 Bill Dmochowski Aquired from the original owner's nephew who inherited it from his estate. Bill Dmochowski; 15940 Streicher, Rd.; Rockwood, Mi. 48173. 2003 Registration
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Feb 24, 2007
1980 RQB3083 Gene Knowles My 80 Avanti II is still undergoing restoration. I am restoring it to mostly stock condition with the exception of the brakes (now Turner brakes) and the radiator is aluminum. It's now at the stage I call "ugly, but running." Essentially, the drive train, chassis, rear end, suspension and brakes have been completed. I still have the body, interior and electrical to do. 2001 Registration
Jan 6, 2008 1980 RQB3088 Jack L. Ammons Car is now painted Burgundy Pearl, front Avanti badging and the II labels have been removed. Interior is original in good condition. Needs engine compartment work. Stainless hog troughs, original factory Dayton wires. Acquired 1-4-08. Most mechanicals (except engine compartment) have been updated. Currently has 65,342 miles. 2008 Registration
Apr 2, 2004 1980 RQB3099 Orren S. Bendickson White with tan interior, 28,000 miles, purchased in 1984 with 18,000 miles. L82 engine with turbohydramatic, air, cruise, moonroof. 2004 Registration
May 24, 2009 1980 RQB3099 William C. Bowles Cotillion white with tan eagle ottowa leather on seats, door panels, headliner and roll bar. All options including SR. Italian ash veneer on dash & control panels. 35,000 original miles. Very tight and original - always garaged. We love this car! 2009 Registration
Jan 16, 2013 1980 RQB3108 Dean C. Alexander BRG, camel interior, mag 500 rims, pw, ps, moon roof, mobile phone, blaupunkt radio, reclining seats, 77K original miles. 2013 Registration
Feb 20, 2004 1980 RQB3131 Stephen C. Graham Classic White w/black interior (vinyl) w /"command center" seats, 350 4bbl w/TH400 automatic. Options include: Magnum 500 wheels, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, power trunk release, carpeted trunk, PW, PDL, right side mirror, fog lights, sound deadener and intermittent wipers. The original price was $19,895.00, and was sold new in Endlewood, New Jersey on 12/10/1980. The car currently has 89,00 original miles. The interior is very good, while the car neds paint. The bumpers are decent as are the wheels. The rest of the chrome is mostly faded. Ihave done quite a bit of mechanical stuff to the car, and it drives and runs very nicely. 2004 Registration
Mar 8, 2004 1980 RQB3134 William R. Vadney Red with tan leather interior with wire wheels. Power plant 350 vette engine auto 42,000 original miles. Moon roof, air conditioning, luggage rack, power windows. Automactic 3 speed with tubo hydramatic transmission. 2004 Registration
Nov 10, 2011 1980 RQB3145 Donald l. Morgan 350 cid 8 cyl.190 bhp, automatic, orginal color teal, now dark brown. Tan leather interior, air, momo wood wheel, power moon roof, am-fm radio, tinted glass. Recaro seats, power locks, ps, pb, pw, tw. Rear defrost, wire wheels, cruise control, bumper gaurds, orginal cost $25,690. One of 190 units, 52895 certfied miles. Arizona Car. 2011 Registration
Dec 1, 2002 1980 RQB3153 Dee Sprock Ivory exterior, camel interior. L82 V8. 2002 Registration
Aug 8, 2004 1980 RQB3163 Wayne Pope Mercedes red on dark tan. Originally from Chicago. Not restored, but nice overall condition. Mileage about 116K. 2004 Registration
Nov 15, 2004 1980 RQB3168 Andrew D. Cripps This car was gifted to me by my boss, who was the original owner from 1980. Still in fairly good condition, but the moonroof leaked a LOT and so needs a new interior roof. Other than that, the interior is in good shape, the seats are still nice looking and the body is in Excellent shape. I have had the transmission rebuilt, a new cat. conv, new brakes, new muffler and new carb put in. Just maintaining this old car really. Still very pretty and fun to drive. :) The car lives with me in South Florida. 2004 Registration
Aug 21, 2005 1981 RQB3204 Paul Gayda Red with Gray interior. Crate 350 instead of 305. New stainless hogs, brakes, many suspension pcs. etc, .etc. Flowmasters. New carpet inside + trunk. Much of the invisible but expensive work done. Usual options, including luggage rack but not, thankfully, moon roof. Daily driver 10 footer. Ugly mag wheels… looking to buy some 500s soon. Just purchased Aug 2005, needs just a little TLC to put back as an excellent condition daily driver. Haven't had an Avanti in about 18 years… excited about fixing up, just as with my 2 earlier ones. 2005 Registration
Jun 27, 2006 1981 RQB3208 Herb Hilderbrand Gray with saddle interior. Contains a crate 350 instead of the 305. There is an inoperable moon roof that has wiring problems. Other electrical problems exist. I do drive it after work and on weekends. Paint is fair and interior is poor. I know of at least 3 owners prior to me. The car had 77K when I purchased it February 2006. 2006 Registration
Nov 7, 2013 1981 RQB3252 George Burns None provided. 2013 Registration
Sept 23, 2008 1981 RQB3257 Don Jones Black with tan leather interior purchased with every accessory listed. Has the Blaupunkt Berlin gooseneck radio. Converted to 400 CID engine and just finished frame-off restoration. 2008 Registration
Mar 3, 2014 1981 RQB3263 William R. Gregg Silver blue, 95k miles, very good condition, mostly original. Love it !
Gregg Avanti
2014 Registration
Sep 17, 2011 1981 RQB3266 Russell Sciolino None provided. 2011 Registration
Nov 24, 2003 1981 RQB3313 Donald R. Sadoway Black with red interior. Leather Recaro seats, wood veneer dash and console, moonroof, Momo wheel. Recently repainted and fitted with Center Line forged aluminum wheels and Flowmaster mufflers.

2003 Registration
Dec 18, 2007 1981 RQB3331 Bud DeGroot 100% Total body off restoration in 2006. New original gray interior, Black Du Pont exterior from bare fiberglass. Rebuilt 307 (NOM), 350 trans, brakes, exhaust, hog troughs, new chrome, seals, etc. Craeger 5 stars with new tires. All options available including A/C. Bought car in 2005 from Dan Brown, (Nostalgic Motorcars in Wixom Mi.) who sold it new in 1981 as a dealer. 1100 miles since restoration. 2007 Registration
Jun 6, 2001 1982 RQB3351 Ed McManaway Cream color original paint, 305ci engine, 141,000 mi. Driven daily in the summer. Have rebuilt 400 small block, ready for installation this winter. 2001 Registration
June 3, 2002 1982 RQB3353 Bill Wirth 305. 110k miles. White exterior, red leather interior, all power options including power moon roof. AC, electric trunk release. Dash and console panels Italian ash wood veneer. Carpeted trunk and luggage rack on trunk lid. Factory wire wheels w/Michlin whitewalls, premium sound system w/infinity speakers. To be painted red to match interior this spring 2002 Registration
Nov 2, 2002 1982 RQB3370 Reggie Roe Red convertible prototype. 37,000 original miles, 305 engine, tan interior, peanut butter top. (Editor Note: Serial number 3370 was the 1982 coupe that Richard Straman used to build the first Avanti convertible prototype in 1984 for Stephen Blake. This car was filmed by director John G. Avildsen for the 1984 film, The Karate Kid.) 2002 Registration
Feb 14, 2002 1982 RQB3387 Jess Epps None provided. 2002 Registration
Apr 17, 2008 1982 RQB3388 Keith Reno Silver Moondust Metallic with red leather interior. Magnum 500 wheels, 305 cu in automatic, air, blaupunk, cb, electric trunk release. Odmeter shows 66,000. 2008 Registration
Feb 18, 2001 1982 RQB3397 Jay VanAntwerp Beige (orig. dk. green) with tan interior, fully optioned, 305 w/700r4. 2001 Registration
May 14, 2007 1982 RQB3420 Ray & Joan Keto White with original burgundy interior, #2 car, leather Recaro buckets, Blaupunkt, moon roof, luggage rack, new paint, all new chrome / stainless, new engine, reworked 4-speed overdrive automatic, restored front end, rebuilt Studebaker 3.42 Twin-Traction rear end, new springs & shocks, new windshield & A/C, etc. The car looks great, it drives great, has excellent pick-up and gets decent gas mileage. We have driven it to car shows across the state, and it always draws a crowd, many of whom ask, "Avanti? Who made that car?" 2007 Registration
Jan 30, 2012 1982 RQB3435 Timothy A. Johnson Yellow, moonroof, yea! 2012 Registration
Nov 4, 2002 1982 RQB3449 Tom & Sarah Gorr 305/700R4, Tan/Black leather, AC, Recaro seats, Momo wheel, Mag 500's, moonroof, all power, Hella's, wood veneer, condition 3+. 2001 Registration
Aug 11, 2001 1982 RQB3458 John Drake Spectra Red, red leather interior, all power options including power moon roof. AC, electric trunk release. Dash and console panels Italian ash wood veneer. Carpeted trunk and luggage rack on trunk lid. 2001 Registration
May 6, 2005 1982 RQB3462 Pamela L. Savard Nice original Avanti that is not a show car but shows very well. It has been repainted white pearl and looks great. It has a brown interior with most options and thankfully does not have a sunroof. The car came from Florida and now lives on Cape Cod. 2005 Registration
Jul 10, 2010 1982 RQB3466 Charlie E. Morris 1982 with 383 stroker engine, 400hp custom vermillion pearl paint (real ground pearls in clear coat). Halibrand 17 inch wheels, original blue Recaro custom leather seats, JVC KD-S 100 stereo, mp3, sd card, usb CD player, keyless power door locks and truck release windows and moonroof.  This Avanti is so beautiful and a joy to drive. Bumpers are painted to match car color.  has the looks of a 64 avanti with a touch of today's colored bumpers.  i have the styling of a 1964 Avanti with all of the creatue comforts of today's fine automobiles. It's my pride and joy!  The Avanti lives on … 2010 Registration
Feb 4, 2010 1982 RQB3480 Bruce McCampbell 350 with a 200 4R trans, originally white now Hawaiin Orchid, 113K miles, new engine in 2003. Originally sold in Louisiana in 1982. 2010 Registration
Nov 21, 2007 1982 RQB3492 Irving A. Rich Black exterior, tan interior. All options + cruise control. Built 383 sbc, Eddlebrock heads, manifold, Holly, Comp roller rockers, MSD etc. 2007 Registration
Apr 12, 2010 1982 RQB3496 Robert P. Hudson Original classic white with tan leather, tilt wheel, AC, moon roof, wire wheels, luggage rack. Previous owner installed 350 engine with 6 speed tranny. Drove the car from Washington, DC to Lakeland, Florida with no issues except flat tire. Car has plenty of power and gets 21 mpg. Certified Registration
Jun 2, 2001 1982 RQB3499 John Nelson Red with tan interior. Blackout headlights and tail lights. 305ci, 200-r4. 2001 Registration
Apr 19, 2004 1982 RQB3501 Kerry J. Hill Bought via Internet from Vicksburg, Missippi, and shipped to New Zealand in 2002. Full restoration near completion. Have upgraded front discs and calipers and suspension. Heavier anti sway bars. Fitted lightweight aircon pump. New hog troughs and chassis work. Fully optioned with luggage rack. Bronze with tan leather. 305 cu 200r4 trans. 67,000 miles. 2004 Registration
Aug 28, 2009 1982 RQB3504 Dan Fink Red with tan interior. 305ci all stock with exception of dual exhaust front to rear and new vision mags. Plan to do a frame up restoration, but it is road worthy now and I am enjoying it. Interior has some cracking and a few stress cracks on body. Nothing wrong with it that time and money won't fix. 2009 Registration
Dec 5, 2007 1982 RQB3535 Jon Morley None provided. 2007 Registration
Jul 4, 2009 1982 RQB3535 Joe Olivier I'm the latest (and last!) owner... as seen on studebaker-info.org now with new WW tires & bodyside moldings replaced (looks 100% better) and living in FL... 1 of 1 ebony black with ivy gold, Recaro seats. 2009 Registration
Feb 7, 2001 1982 RQB3553 Chuck Paras Fully optioned, camel beige with carmel/beige piping interior. Purchased from original owner, Diane German (Leo Newman's daughter) 2001 Registration
Sep 8, 2008 1982 RQB3564 Chuck Block Car is painted Dodge Viper Blue. A good driver with 46,000 miles, the car is currently residing in Honolulu, Hawaii. Purchased 6/30/2008 from Max Starkey, Peru, Indiana. 2008 Registration
Jan 8, 2001 1983 RQB3618 Ken Matson "Miss Pearl", custom pearl metallic with white leather Recaros and white short shag carpet. All power options, rear deicer, tilt and cruise, "Hellas", right side mirror, luggage rack, wood veneer dash and console, wood steering wheel. Rare removable type wire wheel covers, premium sound system. 305/2004R soon to be supercharged. Condition #2. 2001 Registration
Feb 18, 2001 1983 RQB3636 Thomas and Carol Gipe 305/700R4, Sterling Silver Blue/Eagle Ottawa blue leather interior, Recaros, Nardi, moonroof, full power options, 86,000 miles. An early 83 with chrome bumpers. Purchased from the original owner, Tim Nichols of Indianapolis, IN. 2001 Registration
May 22, 2002 1983 RQB3637 Keith & Karen Rust 305 V/8 Med. Briar Firemist with Burgundy leather interior with manual Recaro seats, moonroof, power windows, door locks, steering, air cond., factory wire wheels, Nardi-signed wood steering wheel, 17,000 miles. Original owner was John Seaton, 2nd owner was Lester & Lovina Goetzke of St. Paul. 2002 Registration
Feb 12, 2009 1983 RQB3655 Ed J. Capozzi Rangoon Red, tan leather, loaded. Boston Auto Show car. I purchased from Lee Newman, (Newman Altman), has been a good daily driver for last 15 years, 250,000 miles original 305 engine and 700R4 trans. 2009 Registration
Oct 14 , 2001 1983 RQB3673 Ron & Lin Schwartz 305HO/700R4 w/cruise. Burnt Autumn Orange/Red with matching leather interior, manual Recaros and matching loop carpet, power locks, windows, mirrors, trunk, steering, brakes, and moonroof. Factory wire wheels w/Michlin whitewall darials, performance steering and suspension. Birch Wood veneer dash and console, premium sound system, condition #3. 2001 Registration
Sept 12, 2003 1983 RQB3684 Jim Kuehn Copper/red with tan leather interior. Copper/red carpet, wire wheels, power moon roof, Nardi wood steering wheel, Blaupunkt AM/FM /Cassette/CB, burled wood trim. 2003 Registration
June 6, 2003 1983 RQB3728 Mike Osowski Installed 84 style bumpers, repainted volvo red, monochrome look-door handles, headlight/tailght trim all red. Chrome around windshield side windows, and rear glass flat black, unique spoiler with hi-brake light mounted on roof. 2003 Registration
May 15, 2004 1983 RQB3750 Nelson D. Berlin Daily driver,originally silver now Colorado Red, red and silver leather Recaro seats, Zora Arkus-Duntov steering wheel, moonroof, automatic, wire wheels, 1 of 289 built. 2004 Registration
Nov 25, 2013 1983 RQB3752 William F. Hanlon Red with tan leather. 43,000 original miles, all power, excellent condition(12AAV1239D1003752). 2013 Registration
Jul 26, 2006 1983 RQB3755 Larry R. Koom Silver with gray leather, moon roof, full power, Nardi wheel, wire wheels, 72k miles, drive often, excellent condition, chrome bumpers, no AvantiII badges, all original. 2006 Registration
May 19, 2006 1983 RQB3759 Michael D. Emmerich Purchased in May 2006 from John Rowe, this cream outside with cream leather interior has most of the toys. Has 100K on the odometer, with many miles remaining. 2006 Registration
July 19, 2005 1983 RQB3761 J. R. Freed Dark Blue with gray leather. Original wire wheels and power sunroof. 68k original miles. Certified Registration
May11, 2008 1983 RQB3767 Jerry Hack Silver w/black interior, 305 supercharged. Acquired locally from multiple Avanti owner. All appears original. 120K original miles; new engine at 67K. Chrome bumpers, Blaupunkt, sunroof. Plan to restore for fair weather driving. First restoration project. Body in real good condition (accessories need TLC); interior is worn. Missing Avanti badge in rear. 2008 Registration
Jan 18, 2001 1983 RQB3771 Bob Kupchak White with white interior, eng. 305 ci, supercharged 2001 Registration
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