Called back to Studebaker in 1961, Loewy and his team were charged with developing a new range for 1963 and in a miraculous 40 days produced an instant classic: the Avanti. A glassfibre bodied, two-door coupé, the controversially styled Avanti arrived too late to save the ailing company and fewer than 5,000 had been made when production at Studebaker’s South Bend, Indiana plant ceased in 1964. This was not the end of the Avanti story though. Two local Studebaker dealers – Nathaniel Altman and Leo Newman – bought the tooling and recommenced production in part of the old Studebaker factory in 1965. Bodies were supplied by Molded Fiber-Glass of Ashtabula, Ohio (makers of the Chevrolet Corvette body for General Motors) and Messrs Altman and Newman used the Corvette engine initially, calling their new version ‘Avanti II’. There would be many changes of ownership, specification and place of manufacture before the last Avanti rolled off production lines in Cancun, Mexico.
Finished in Silver with a Red leather interior and offered with a UK V5 document, this well presented Avanti make a very interesting alternative to more mainstream classic cars. Very much a collector’s item for the discerning enthusiast.