The 1965-1982 Avanti II was a continuation of Studebaker’s 1963-64 Avanti. The cars were mostly hand built in a corner of the old South Bend plant under former dealers Leo Newman and Nathan Altman, who resurrected Stude’s would-be sales-sparker.
The Avanti II retained the Lark convertible chassis but was altered with a small-block Chevy Corvette V-8, a higher hood line to accommodate it, reduced-radius wheel openings and less front-end rake for a tidier appearance, and “Avanti II” badges. Offered with “stock” paint colors and interior trims, the Avanti II could be done in virtually anything the customer wanted — Altman loved pleasing clients this way.
This car was a great buy early on, and only a bit less so through the ‘70s despite steady price escalation, mostly due to inflation. Workmanship deteriorated over time, especially after Altman’s untimely death in 1976, but low production almost guarantees collectability regardless of year.
Taken at the 14th Annual MDA Southern Knights Cruisers Car Show held in Petersburg VA
To raise money for MDA and to support the Armed Forces