The Avanti (including the Avanti II) is an American performance sports coupe based on the Studebaker Avanti and marketed through a succession of five different ownership arrangements between 1965 and 2006.

Subsequent to Studebaker‘s December 20, 1963, closure of its South Bend factory and effective discontinuation of the auto with the 1964 model year, cars carrying the Avanti nameplate were initially produced from left-over Studebaker components, and later by the Avanti Motor Company from General Motors and Ford chassis and engines. A small and often interrupted stream of increasingly modified cars were made before all production ceased in 2006.

Avanti II

After Studebaker ended production at South Bend on December 20, 1963, the “Avanti” model name, tooling, Studebaker truck production rights and parts and plant space were bought by local Studebaker dealers, Nate and Arnold Altman and Leo Newman, who incorporated as Avanti Motor Corporation and hand-built a small number of cars. Leo Newman ran the Studebaker truck parts division which enabled the company to be profitable at its outset. According to Stu Chapman, Studebaker Director of Advertising & Public Relations 19641966, in his book ‘My Father The Car: Memoirs Of My Life With Studebaker‘, there was talk with Studebaker of reintroducing the Avanti to Studebaker showrooms in 1965/66, along with ambitious plans for rebadging an Isuzu Bellett as an entry level Studebaker, and combining with Canadian Motor Industries.

The Altman brothers introduced a slightly modified version of the car in 1965 under the brand name “Avanti II”. which initially had a 327 cu in (5.4 L) Chevrolet Corvette engine. This evolved to the 400, then the small-block 350, and then the 305 for 1981.3 The 305 cu in (5.0 L) V8 had electronic engine controls, 155 hp (116 kW), and GM’s Turbo 350 automatic transmission with lock-up. Building one of the 1980s Avanti IIs required 10 to 12 weeks, depending on special color or upholstery orders. The last Avanti II made came off the line with a V6 engine from Roush and only one was made. After Nate Altman’s death, Arnold Altman ran the company until it was sold in 1982. From 1963 to 1985, Avanti IIs were built on the Studebaker-designed chassis, then the Chevrolet Monte Carlo chassis was used; Chevy discontinued the Monte Carlo in 1987, and Avanti switched to the Chevrolet Caprice chassis.

  • 1984 Avanti II Coupe
  • Clean title in hand
  • Clean carfax report
  • 2 owners
  • Moonstone grey metallic exterior with gray interior
  • Believed to be 58,089 original miles
  • 350 V8 engine
  • Turbo 400 hydramatic transmission
  • Factory optional equipments include:
  • Power sunroof $1,395
  • Leather interior $1,495
  • Wood steering wheel $205
  • Wood veneer dash and console panels $550
  • Wire wheels $1,395
  • Very clean body and undercarriage
  • Comes with books and original window sticker
  • Runs and drives great

Price: $18,000

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