It was very hard time for a most of the small American automotive companies during the 60s, some even did not make it past this decade. It was this time that the Big 3 started to dominate all automotive category which left the smaller companies such as AMC and Studebaker to barely scrape the market using cheap cars. Studebaker did not want to settle with economy cars and even though they were slowly going bankrupt, they decided to go for broke and create a redeeming car. What came out was a top of the line personal luxury/GT car known as the Studebaker Avanti which was first introduced in 1963.
Although the Avanti had a very fresh style, wide range of color selections, and great performance which was designed by Raymond Lowey, it was still not enough to redeem Studebaker Company. A few years after, the company finally shut down. Miraculously, the Avanti was able to pull through despite Studebaker’s closure. It became an independent brand, which was built by several smaller manufacturers which lasted for quite some time.
This featured Avanti comes from Studebaker’s original production run, a 1964 Studebaker Avanti with a shiny burgundy finish. It has a 289 cid V8 engine under the hood that is connected to an automatic transmission. It also has power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning system.
This Avanti is being sold by a car dealer in Orlando, Florida. The dealer has shown very little info about the car and its condition but has shown several pictures which clearly shows that the cars seems to be in a very clean and well maintained car. The paint looks to have been done really well and the interior has been well preserved. Although it’s not really certain of this car has been restored. You can’t see any rust showing on the body because it is fiberglass, so that’s expected. The real concern is the chassis and check its condition as it is the one prone to rust. There are no pictures that show the condition of the chassis so it’s better if you check it for yourself.
All of its life, the beauty of the Avanti was rarely appreciated even though it was designed as personal luxury car and it also has a very interesting history. This is probably why the Avantis are considered a cheap classic car, even great examples are hardly sold for over $20,000. But lately the Avantis has starting to gain some hope, people are starting to see its value as a classic collectible car that has a great history, it also has a decent performance and driving one is really comfortable, and a unique design during its time. Because of this the prices of Avantis are starting to rise.
This 1964 Studebaker is a really great example and the $29,900 is a reasonable price. Avantis may not be as expensive as the cars from the Big 3 but they have a unique appeal that it used to be the last hope of Studebaker but did not really make it.
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