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Avanti II coupe

Year: 1977|Miles: 94,017|Ext: Buckskin Metallic |Int: Rogue Pecan|$24,500|

Several companies owned the Avanti name through the years, however, of all the post-Studebaker versions, it is the cars from Altman and Newman that are the most true to the original concept, and today, the are considered classics in their own right. We are very pleased to offer this outstanding 1977 Avanti II; one of just 147 built that year. This car has a well-documented history from new, and it remains in outstanding, original condition with just one high-quality repaint in the original color. The factory production order shows this RQB-series car (the second series for the Avanti II) was ordered by Sylvia Robinson of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, a military that moved frequently, but the Avanti always came with her. She eventually retired in Augusta, Georgia and sold her beloved Avanti to Roger Penn of Falls Church, Virginia. Mr. Penn is well-known in the Avanti community, as one of the longest-running Avanti dealers in the country and a highly respected ambassador of the marque. He then sold the car to the current owner, who is only the second private owner in 42 years. This car has been a cherished part of his collection for some time, and its sale represents a rare opportunity to acquire an outstanding, beautifully preserved and unrestored Avanti II.

Extensive documentation is included, such as the production order, invoice, owner’s manual, service booklet, maintenance records and more. The car is presented in outstanding condition, with one high-quality respray in the original Buckskin Metallic color, and a beautifully preserved original interior. Ms. Robinson specified her car with a host of equipment, including a power sunroof, air conditioning, and electric windows. Power comes from a Chevrolet 350, backed by an automatic transmission. The interior is trimmed in “Rogue Pecan” with attractive almond-colored fabric inserts. All of the upholstery is in excellent original condition, including the plush carpets and matching door panels. The handsome color suits the body shape beautifully, with the chrome wire wheels with proper narrow-band whitewall tires adding the perfect period-correct touch. Bumpers and exterior brightwork are in fine order and the body retains a crisp and straight appearance.

The Avanti II was made in very small numbers, and prime examples can be elusive. This car benefits from many years of expert care in the hands of its owners, and it is sure to continue to bring enjoyment to its next keeper. For more information on this fine Avanti II, please contact RB Collection – Alex Ruozzi – 610 398 9700.

When Studebaker abruptly ended production at its long-running South Bend, Indiana plant in 1964, the sporty and stylish Avanti was axed from the line after fewer than 6,000 cars were built. Local Studebaker dealers Nathan Altman, Arnold Altman, and Leo Newman recognized the value in the Avanti name, and felt brilliant car still had plenty of fans despite Studebaker discontinuing the model after less than two years. They purchased the tooling, stocks, and rights to the Avanti name, and in 1965 the company known as Newman and Altman returned the Avanti to production. With the assistance of former Studebaker engineers, they made some slight alterations to the body and chassis, namely to necessitate a switch to readily-available Chevrolet power. Pitched as a hand-built personal luxury car, the Avanti II took a step upmarket, with cars built to meet customer specifications, with numerous options available. As a testament to the integrity of the original design by Raymond Loewy and his team (Tom Kellogg, John Ebstein, and Bob Andrews) and thanks to the efforts of Newman and Altman, the reborn Avanti lived on well into the 1990s.

  • outstanding, beautifully preserved and unrestored Avanti II
  • only the second private owner in 42 years
  • one of just 147 built that year
  • well-documented history from new