Lot 226 - 1981 Avanti II Coupé

Lot 226 - 1981  Avanti II Coupé

Lot 226 - 1981 Avanti II Coupé

Lot Number 226
Registration MKW 190W
Chassis Number RQB3297
Odometer reading 16,408 miles
Estimate £12,000 - £18,000
Result Sold - £17,360
  • Styled by the legendary Raymond Loewy
  • Automotive design classic
  • Chevrolet Camaro Z28 engine

This car can be viewed in person from 14th to 18th July 2020 at our the auction site, Windsorview Lakes, Datchet, SL3 9HY

In 1947, Studebaker announced all new designs created by two of the greatest automobile stylists of the twentieth century; 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 fibreglass bodied two-door coupé, the controversially styled Avanti arrived too late to save the ailing company with fewer than 5,000 being made before production at Studebaker's South Bend, Indiana plant ceased in 1964. This, however, was not the end of the Avanti story. 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). Messrs Altman and Newman also used the Corvette engine initially, calling their new version the '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.

First registered in the UK on 1st October 2017, this lovely metallic green example is one of the first to be fitted with the 5.0-litre V8 engine and automatic gearbox from the famous Z28 Chevrolet Camaro. The Z28 engine offers a considerable improvement in performance. It also comes fitted with chrome wire wheels and a chrome boot rack, while the interior boasts a radical aeronautical style overhead switch system.

Supplied with a V5C registration document, original owner's manual, service centres’ guide, maintenance schedule, Avanti II sales folder and toolkit, this Avanti II is described by the vendor as outstanding in every department. Offering the chance to own a design classic, this wonderful car will no doubt be admired wherever it goes.

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