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1963 Studebaker Avanti 289/289HP

Supercharged and Air Conditioned

I, like Richard Poe, have raced the Avanti at the PSMCDR for the past 10 years. The best time for the Avanti is 14.1 at 101.5 mph

The car weighs 3810 lbs and includes air conditioning which is non factory.

Photo shows the engine bay with the A/C installation


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63larkr1 on Aug 6, 2008 said:

Great car.

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Brandon on Aug 6, 2008 said:

Nice! I didn't know that Studebakers could be ordered with a supercharger.

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fjr340gts on Aug 6, 2008 said:

A really GREAT looking car, with an awesome sound burbling from the twin pipes.

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BobPalma on Aug 6, 2008 said:

Brandon: The unique characteristic of Peter's R2 Avanti is that it has both air conditioning and a supercharger. During 1963 and 1964, you could order a high-performance Studebaker with either one, but not both.

When you see an air conditioned, supercharged 1963 or 1964 Studebaker, look for some nicely-crafted custom fabrication in the engine room (like Peter's), because it won't be all-Studebaker parts. BP

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Anonymous on Aug 7, 2008 said:

I've had the pleasure of seeing this car heat up the tracks at the PSMCD. This is no babied Sunday hot rod. This thing gets driven!

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TedHarbit on Aug 8, 2008 said:

Peter's Kool R 2 probably gets driven more than any other car at the PSMCDR and runs and sounds great!


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Anonymous on May 5, 2011 said:

This is my dream car...Avanti was so cool and when I win lottery I'll have one of my very own....

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ghpcnm on Mar 25, 2012 said:

One word...STUNNING !!!

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Anonymous on May 25, 2020 said:

Hey there! How did you get factory AC with an r2 engine? I have literally never seen or heard of that, I thought the supercharger made the AC impossible.

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Anonymous on May 26, 2020 said:

It is not a factory A/C Setup. I had a local machine shop fabricate brackets and moved the alternator slightly to fit. Small compressors make the job a lot easier.

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