Fabulous opportunity to own a rare and wonderful conversation
starter, as well as a fun car to drive! Rust free FL and TX car,
reportedly owned previously by Leo Newman of the Avanti Motor Co.
Turn key, runs and drives great! Fully loaded and ready for a new
owner. Reasonable offers encouraged, we can assist with financing
and shipping, just ask. Thank you!The famous Studebaker Avanti was
radically different from anything on the road during its two-year
production run, from 1963-64. The design was polarizing, but
thoroughly modern, and it could be configured in both mild and wild
states of tune. Studebaker was plagued with problems at the time,
however, and fewer than 6,000 were manufactured before production
ceased. A few years later, in 1966, the Studebaker Corporation
exited the auto business and Leo Newman and Nate Altman picked up
the Avanti torch. Former Studebaker dealers from South Bend, Newman
and Altman bought part of the original Studebaker plant, and had
access to Studebaker's molds, tooling and development work. The two
created the Avanti Motor Corporation and began producing the Avanti
II. The earliest cars with the RQA serial number prefix and
low-back seats were basically Studebakers with Chevrolet
small-block V-8s, usually 327 cubic inches. The cars looked much
the same, except the Avanti II had different badges and lost its
pronounced forward rake. Eschewing mass production, the Avanti II
became a bespoke automobile and buyers had endless color options
and choices interior materials. Emissions restrictions suppressed
power on the 305-cid V-8 engine that was used, and these later cars
are less lively than the earlier cars. They did have several nice
new features, though, like front disc brakes and decent GM air
conditioning. Avanti IIs tend to have very affordable entry prices.
Prevailing wisdom for the Avanti II is that the older the car, the
better. Solid provenance is recommended, with no badly repaired
accident damage. Most import, look for rust damage to the frame
"hog troughs," as rot here can be difficult and expensive to fix.
Avantis always invite conversation.