Saturday, December 6, 2014

5k: Go Ahead: 1963 Studebaker Avanti

The Italian word Avanti literally means forward, but depending on where in Italy you are, it can be used as enter or come in, hurry-up and even go-ahead.  In the case of this 1963 Studebaker Avanti project, I would be tempted to use the term to give someone else first dibs at reassembling this in, go-ahead -- fix it and then I'll consider buying it.  Find it here on eBay, currently bidding for $3,000 with 2 days to go, located in Long Island, NY.

At first glance this Avanti looks to be in sorry shape, but it has been through a rotisserie restoration and repainted by one or more previous owners.  The current seller picked it up as a project from the person who tore it apart, so a third party who puts it together will certainly find some interesting surprises.

I'd like to think of this car as a l:1 scale model car -- one of those kids from Testors that has a skill scale on the side that ranges from snap-together to you'll-need-to-car-this-schooner-from-a-square-block.  This project looks like it will be on the more difficult side, but if the body/paint is done, all you need to do is bolt stuff together.  How hard can that be?

See another classic ready for assembly?


  1. This would be a good buy if you just happened to have another Avanti to take apart so you could figure out how to put this one together.

    This addition tho the ad is pretty strange.

    "IMPORTANT- contrary to what I wrote previously, the 2 extra motors (turns out they are from Hudson Hawks, not an Avanti) are NOT included in the sale because they are in a different location and hard to access (they are still in the prior owner's basement.)"

    Isn't Hudson Hawk that Bruce Willis Sandra Bernhard movie?

  2. Hudson Hawk.........rotflmao! Probably meant a Studie Hawk.

    This fine car is EXACTLY why I have never attempted to tear a car apart completely........I always lose a baggie of this n that. Now where the hell is that last head bolt?


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