. It was factory-built as an R1, with HD column shift Flight O Matic, Twin Traction 4.09 rear end, Super Red and the rare #333 option, which consisted of rear "Radius rods and stabilizer bar". It even came with 5" Avanti wheels, a very rare occurrence. Most Avanti-powered Larks & Hawks came with the standard 4 1/2" wheels. The production order said "SOLD RUSH" and #92: "Service for retail delivery". Destination was San Bernardino, California. We spent quite a while looking at it.
Only four 1963 Standards were made with Avanti engines, and Gordon's was the lone R1. H
They apparenrly later made it an R2 abd R3.
The story goes if i recall Gordon and his wife pictured above, ordered two Studebakers. His and hers. Apparently when they arrived at the Warren Day dealership, Gordon was steaming mad. The dealership thought they were doing him a favor and gave both cars free undercoating. They took the cars home and spent the weekend scrapping off all the extra weight of the undercoating. Apparently his car still exists and has been restored along with a few tributes.
I guess in 1963, Gordon won his class at the AHRA Winternationals in Pamona. I never met him. Shame is, i spent a lot of time as a little tike behind the scenes at Riverside and Pamona still to this day I have never been down a track on my own.