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  Studebaker Avanti

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Country of origin:United States
Produced from:1963 - 1964
Numbers built:4643
Introduced at:1962 New York Auto Show
Designed by:Raymond Loewy
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 02, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionStudebaker's star was going down when designer Raymond Loewy introduced the sensational Avanti. The Avanti was something else both in design as in construction.The lines of the car stood out because of its square shape. The body was completely constructed from fiberglass and the passengers were protected by an iron in case of a roll.

Customers had the choice of two variants of the Studebaker V8 engine, the normally aspirated R1 and the R2 fitted with a Paxton Supercharger. The Avanti was the first American car to feature disc brakes all round.

The success of the Avanti could not prevent Studebaker from going down and production ceased in 1965. The Avanti however did not go down with Studebaker as production was picked up by enthusiasts and a variant is still in production.

This Avanti is seen in the Dutch AutoMusa Bergeyk museum and on Zandvoort.

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