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The Avanti began in 1962 as a Raymond Loewy designed sports car of the Studebaker automobile company. When Studebaker decided to end production in the United States, two South Bend, Indiana Studebaker dealers bought the rights, parts, and tooling, as well as six buildings in the old Studebaker complex, and began producing the Avanti II. These cars and subsequent models used the original Studebaker designed frame. Beginning in 1987, the Avanti used Monte Carlo, El Camino, and Caprice chassis and running gear, the use of which allowed Avanti to begin production convertible and four door versions. Production was moved to Youngstown, Ohio thanks to large grants provided by Youngstown and the state of Ohio. There were about 300 Avanti’s produced in 1987 and listed for $29,995 for the Sport Coupe.
- Started as a Raymond Loewy designed Studebaker
- Used El Camino, Monte Carlo, and Caprice chassis and running gear
- Price new: $29,995