1967 Studebaker Avanti

Studebaker had been nurturing a sporting image for a few years when the Avanti sport coupe burst upon the scene in 1963. Its radical design by a team led by Raymond Loewy featured a wedge-shaped profile and a grille-less nose that drew radiator cooling air from under the bumper. Studebaker successfully applied its experience with centrifugal superchargers to boost the power of its 289 cubic inch V-8 and these few, unusual cars, built only as '63 and '64 models, have become highly prized by collectors. This 1963 Studebaker Avanti is finished in black with tan vinyl upholstery. In addition to being supercharged with the 289 hp R2 package it has the Twin Traction limited slip differential, automatic transmission, AM-FM radio, power steering, power brakes, chrome engine dress up and seatbelts. Importantly, it is mostly original, a sound and very usable Avanti that has never needed a complete restoration. The paint and upholstery have been redone at some point and the engine compartment has received attention to keep it clean, tidy and orderly while retaining many of its original factory stickers, labels and decals. Paint and chrome are very presentable. While this is not a showpiece it is a very nice car than shows good care and attention throughout its life. It needs nothing to be a rewarding car to display or drive or will be the basis for a straightforward restoration if that is its next owner's preference. Fewer than 5,000 Avanti’s were built by Studebaker and not many of them are still in such largely original but usable and presentable condition as this.

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