What is an Avanti? It’s complicated. The Avanti name was first used by Studebaker to build cars on the Lark platform using mostly Studebaker parts and people from 1962 through 1963. But the fiberglass Raymond Loewy designed bodies appeared again in 1965 and the Avanti 2 assembly went through five different ownership arrangements before it […]
This next advertisement came with a surprising headline “5 Avanti II hard to find chevys”…which through me for a real loop, because I thought that Studebaker built the Avanti. So these aren’t Chevys nor Studebakers, because the Avanti name was used to build cars using the fiberglass Raymond Loewy designed bodies through five different ownership arrangements from 1965 through 2006. Confused? Wait, it gets more so. Because the Avanti was build on the Studebaker chassis with a Corvette engine from the late 1960s through 1985 and then it was put on a Chevy Monte Carlo chassis and finally a Caprice chassis. There was even a Mustang V8 based version that was built in Cancun, Mexico before the then current owner Michael Kelly was arrested on fraud charges related to a Ponzi scheme. I can tell you one that that isn’t a Ponzi scheme and that is investing your retirement income in cold hard Avantis. Go ahead, make your own day. Find this Collection of 1982-89 Avanti IIs offered per car starting at $12k to $19k located in Ocala, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car is an interesting combination of new and old. Of eclectic and electric. Of forward thinking and green style. Of pink and blue. Yes. Somebody put a Studebaker Avanti body on top of a Nissan Leaf chassis and I don’t know if I should be excited or disgusted. Find this 1979 Avanti converted to […]
For a brief period from June 1962 to December 1964 Studebaker produced only 5,800 Avantis. They were ahead of their time in both styling and engineering, but production problems and the decline of Studebaker itself would make their run short. We are happy to see that such a rare and beautiful car can still be […]
There is an odd trend in the used car market – a given make or model of car can sell abysmally when new and be considered a failure of Aztecian proportions, but yet a few years later, on the used market it can become painted with the all-numbing brush of rareness. Death from gingivitis is […]
The Italian word Avanti literally means forward, but depending on where in Italy you are, it can be used as enter or come in, hurry-up and even go-ahead. In the case of this 1963 Studebaker Avanti project, I would be tempted to use the term to give someone else first dibs at reassembling this car…as […]
The Italian word “Avanti” means “go ahead,” “forward” or even “after you” and is an expression you could use when letting someone in a door ahead of you. You could also use it when letting someone else bid first on a hideously odd looking re-bodied Chevy Camaro. This design harkens back to the original 1962-63 […]