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Cars We Hate Part 14 – Studebaker Avanti

Studebaker Avanti

The design of the Studebaker Avanti is the work of Sherwood Egbert who came up with this peculiar styling while he was on a jet-plane flight west from Chicago just 37 days after he became president of the company in February, 1961.

Studebaker Avanti

It could have been a great car if it hadn’t been for that odd face where it doesn’t have a grille and those two rounded headlights are set too far apart giving the Avanti a rather clueless expression – the reason why it made it into this article.

Studebaker Avanti

It was a pretty interesting car nevertheless, featuring a fiberglass body design that was mounted on a heavily modified Lark Daytona convertible chassis and a modified 289 Hawk power unit. It had front disc brakes while one of the options was a Paxton supercharger.

Studebaker Avanti

The car was introduced to the general public on April 26, 1962 at the New York Auto Show and at the same time at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. Production ended in December 1963 and Studebaker made less than 4,000 units of the Avanti.


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