Restoration work began on Lew Shucart’s 1963 Avanti the summer of '09. Lou is a dedicated owner of Studebakers. Not only does he have two Avantis and a Lark convertible, he is also editor of the award winning Avanti Magazine, produced by Avanti Owners Association International, Inc. Lew’s fine photography, magazine layout skills and his willingness to hunt down great stories about Studebakers, specifically Avanti cars has earned he and the magazine many Golden Quill awards over the years.
When this Avanti came into the shop many of the previously done repairs were coming apart, literally at the seams.
The back story on this Avanti, provided by Lew.
“A little history here: This Avanti R-1250 is the first Avanti restoration attempt by Jon Myer. The original owner ran into a southern California highway bridge abutement and died. Jon Myer got the car, changed frames and mated the body back on the frame. Here’s an original picture before Jon started his work, parked behind Jon’s old house in the early 1970s in southern California.”
"It was originally the15th black Avanti built, and the first black car with a black interior. The original owner from Pennsylvania had it painted in the dark gold color you see in the above photo.”
"The late Ron Hall towed it home to Chicago about the mid-1970s using a 64 lark convertible, now owned by former Turning Wheels editor Larry Swanson. He eventually sold it to another Chicago AOAI member and bought a white R2 Avanti that his wife drove, and later went on to Bonneville fame. I bought it from the other Chicago AOAI member, partially restored it and put 18,000 miles on up to now, when Brad is doing a full restoration.”
Lew Schucart Editor, Avanti Magazine