213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA
Lithia Springs , Georgia
There aren't too many nameplates whose history includes as many twists and turns as the Avanti. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of Studebaker's closure in the early '60s, Avanti went through no fewer than five different ownership arrangements during its lifetime, which resulted in cars that were stylish and distinctive, but hard to come by, as only a limited number were ever produced. The bona fide collectability of this 1988 Avanti Avanti II is substantial and it pairs with a rock solid running condition, so this unique ride is not only rarely available, but a very strong driver as well.
The debut of this '88 marked the 25th anniversary of the Avanti's introduction and the high impact red paint draped over its exterior represents the most sought after color of its era. It's a striking shade to be sure and is in presentable shape just as it is - the sheer visual distinction of an Avanti is enough to draw attention, anyway - though a comprehensive detail would elevate its look considerably. With its array of European styling cues, this is a car that won't be mistaken for any other on the road - the square headlights are recessed into a grille-less front end over a color matched bumper and the tapered tail is somewhat reminiscent of the Jensen Healeys from a decade earlier. The exterior alignment on the car remains nice and precise - it features contrasting black trim that encompasses most of the exterior and you can see how level it is as it stretches from fender to door to quarter panel before circling the back. The power white convertible top is in strong condition, rising into position without issue and sealing nicely to keep the elements out.
Despite its open-air configuration making it vulnerable to UV exposure, this Avanti's striking red interior is well-preserved and features plenty of style. The contoured, high backed buckets straddle a center console that offers welcome interior space and features a sharp burlwood accent that merges with the matching instrument panel, which also features an assortment of black rimmed gauges to provide an effective contrast. On both sides, the door panels look very solid, sitting flush against their frames and showing no discoloration, while the dash pad running the width of the cabin is free of any cracking - a welcome sight in a convertible that's more than 30 years old. A Sony AM/FM/Cassette stereo is on board to provide your audio soundtrack while on the road. While the Avanti's unique design includes a fairly short deck lid, the trunk area makes up for it with its depth, so there's enough luggage space for weekend outings.
The 305 cubic inch V8 sits inside a compartment that's been well serviced and remains in factory configuration. It wears a 4-barrel carb on top and teams with an automatic 2004r transmission whose overdrive gear brings engine-sparing low RPMs at highway speeds. The current owner has had this one of a kind car for more than 25 years and has provided all the upkeep needed to keep things in good mechanical condition, so the drivetrain is rock solid and ready to hit the road. With coil springs at all four corners, the ride is smooth and refined and the power brakes, featuring discs up front, bring reliable, fade-resistant stops. A set of 15" spoked wire wheels carrying BF Goodrich T/A radials adds just the right finishing touch.
If you're looking for a truly distinctive vintage ride without having to compromise drivability, you need to see this 1988 Avanti Avanti II. Call today!
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