The 1963 Studebaker Avanti had rear-wheel drive and a top speed of 115 miles per hour. It featured a four-speed manual transmission and a V8 engine.
At the time of manufacture, the Studebaker Avanti offered drivers features never before seen in an automobile. It went from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds thanks to its 289-cubic inch V8 that ran at 4,800 RPM. Eventually, the company offered three transmission types, a three and four-speed manual and a three-speed automatic.
One of the most popular features of the Avanti was its front disc brakes, another innovation unheard of at the time. The front brakes were Bendix 11.5-inch disc brakes and the rear came equipped with finned drums.
Studebaker provided its Avantis with a beautiful interior designed to look like the inside of an aircraft. The interior provided overhead rocker switches used to control the interior lights and a pull-out glovebox. The interior featured some of the first power windows, power steering and air conditioning seen in cars at that time.
The Avanti was only produced for the 1963 and '64 model years, and in total, less than 5,800 models came off the assembly line. All Avantis were 2-door coupes. Despite the car's popularity, the Studebaker plant could not keep up with demand and closed in 1963.