The Studebaker Avanti is a pretty significant American car of its era as not only did it highlight some great engineering, but also it was one of the last models produced by Studebaker. This 1964 example listed by Classic Auto Mall is a good example of the American marque going out with style.
Designer Raymond Loewy is responsible for the forward-thinking design of the Avanti. Its long nose and short rear overhang were typical of sporting vehicles, but the lack of a traditional grille gave the car a somewhat futuristic design. Domed rear glass and a sculpted trunk lid makes for an eye catching classic today. Tasteful levels of chrome compliment this Studebaker’s factory correct P6432 Turquoise paint finish, however, some repairs to the car’s fiberglass bodywork is noted in the description.
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Actually built in August 1963, this car features rounded headlights and bezel. It is believed to be one of around 50 late cars in this configuration and one of 809 1964 examples.
This car’s interior design is just as impressive as the exterior, with turquoise soft-touch materials lining just about every surface. It certainly promotes a premium feel, as does the dark wood trim. Each of its four seats are very shapely to hold occupants in place when the driving becomes spirited. The Avanti was marketed as ‘America's only four-passenger high-performance personal car’ after all.
Under the hood is a 289 Ci V8 motor with 4-barrel carburetor, but this Avanti was blessed with the optional supercharger. 290hp provides plenty of ‘get up and go’ in this American beauty, something conducted by a Borg Warner 3-speed automatic transmission.
After the Studebaker story came to an end, a trio of local dealers decided to buy the factory. After acquiring the tooling, premises, truck production, and Avanti nameplate, they decided to put the sports coupe back into production in 1965. It then went on to endure with a succession of owners over the decades.
Currently listed at $41,000 this 93,000-mile Avanti is just some light restoration away from being a true showstopper.
Source: Classic Auto Mall
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