The Studebaker Avanti is a legendary icon of his time in 1962, that still polarizes today. Round shapes meet consistently running lines, seemingly straight lines end up in powerful forms. Who doesn’t like this extremely rare classic cars at the first glance, should take a second look.
The designs for this sports Coupé come from the Studio of Raymond Loewy. Loewy and three of his best designers Bob Andrews, Tom Kellogg und John Ebbstein, worked for 40 days on the for its time sensational design. The lateral line runs from the sword-like wings in a soft curved line to the round raised rear. The very large rear window stretches around the corners, like a panorama glass , whereas the windscreen is rather flat and small. On the front Loewy has renounced the conventional radiator grille and used only one ventilation opening on the underside of the bumper. The first Avanti models have round front headlights, while on the later successor models, the headlights are framed in a rectangular.
How consistent Loewy was in his design is reflected for example in the scoop, shaped asymmetrically on the bonnet, stretching itself into the Interior on the dashboard.
Loewy design was brought in production without major changes. Due to the tight financial situation, Studebaker could invest very little money into the Avanti development. Therefore the framework of a Studebaker Lark convertible, which went back to its origins to the year 1953, was used under fiber glass shell of the modern occurring Avanti.
Studebaker started a large-scale marketing campaign before the market presentation. The advance orders promised a bestseller. But with the sales release in 1962 it was revealed: only a few vehicles could be delivered due to problems with the fibre glass body. The body parts were produced at a plant in Ashtabula, Ohio, which built all fibre glass parts for the Chevrolet Corvette.
The delivered vehicles were equipped in terms of safety. All components in the Inside are formed with soft edges and covered with soft plastic. In the middle of the passenger compartment, a roll-bar stretches across the roof line. Bucket seats made of vinyl guarantee sporty comfort. The dashboard is equipped with cockpit-like elements, such as the control buttons on the center console and the light switches for the lights centered over the front window. An oversized vanity mirror in the glove compartment is prepared for the female passenger.
In the model shown here works a powerful P-2 V8 engine with 289 HP. This performance refers to the 4.7 liter engine with the Paxton supercharger. The Avanti reaches a top speed of approximately 275 km / h. Studebaker was working on some variants that should improve the performance of the engines and experimented on racing versions. Amongst other testings, Studebaker attempted a world record with a Avanti famous Bonneville Salt track.
In December 1963, Studebaker announced that car production at its headquarters in South Bend, Indiana will set and further on only produce in the Canadian Hamilton. The production of the models Avanti, Hawk and any pickups and trucks completely ceased.
Up to the production setting exactly 4643 vehicles were build of the the Studebaker Avanti from 1963 on. The car manufacturers Studebaker survived exactly two years and then had to close the gates.