1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297

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1981 Avanti II Coupé
Registration no. MKW 190W Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297

Sold for £ 17,825 (US$ 23,868) inc. premium
1981 Avanti II Coupé
Registration no. MKW 190W
Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
*Originally style by the legendary Raymond Loewy
*Recognised automotive design classic
*Chevrolet Camaro Z28 engine
*Automatic transmission
*Left-hand drive

Footnotes

  • In receivership in 1933, Studebaker had been revitalised by 1939 and in May 1946 became the first major American manufacturer to announce an all-new design with the introduction of its 1947 range. Created by two of the greatest automobile stylists of all time - Raymond Loewy and Virgil Exner - the sensational new Studebakers featured a straight-through front wing line, lowered bonnets and, in the case of the Starlight Coupé, an astonishing wrap-around rear window. For 1950 Loewy's studio came up with another landmark of automotive styling in the form of the 'Bullet Nose' Studebakers that had clearly been influenced by the coming of the 'Jet Age'.

    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 only a few years ago, though the unique shape remained virtually unchanged throughout its lifetime.

    The fine example offered here is one of the first to be fitted with the 5.0-litre V8 engine and automatic gearbox from the famous Z28 Chevrolet Camaro. As such it benefits from a considerable improvement in performance, and spare parts are readily obtainable. This Avanti also has chrome wire wheels and a chrome boot rack, while the interior overhead switch system is an 'in flight' aeronautical design, which in its day was something very special.

    First registered in the UK on 1st October 2017, the car comes with current MoT, a V5C document, original owner's manual, service centres guide, maintenance schedule, and an Avanti II sales folder. Described by the vendor as outstanding in every department, this beautiful Avanti is a potential concours winner and will surely delight the enthusiast who dares to be different.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the chassis number is ROB3297.
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1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
1981 Avanti II Coupé  Chassis no. 12AAV1234B1003297
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