1981 Avanti II

Volo, IL

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Volo, IL



Year 1981
Mileage --
Engine 100
Doors --
Transmission Automatic
Make Avanti
Model II

II 1981

Title Status --
Exterior Color Deep Blue
Interior Color Blue


The original Studebaker Avanti was a very Innovative and unique car in looks and function. The thought behind it was to be a luxury performance 4 passenger coupe. They were only built for 2 years. The Avanti II was made in limited production during various years. It kept very true the the original with some upgrades. These are hand built at a factory, not a kit car.

EXTERIOR: Very unique design with no grill, has rectangular headlights and a fiberglass body. The body appears to be in excellent shape. It is straight, everything fits real nice. I don't see any damage or signs of repair. The doors shut real nice. The paint finish is smooth and glossy. I did not see any significant flaws. Weatherstrips, glass, jambs are all nice. Bumpers are in great shape. They went to rubber bumpers soon after, I like the chrome. New custom wheels add some bling.

INTERIOR: Very unique like a cockpit. Full of gauges and switches. It has a built in roll bar too. Very comfortable bucket seats. All the upholstery is very good, on the door panels too. In the glove box there is a vanity tray that pulls out and a mirror flips open. It has a tilt column with an Italian Momo wheel. The dash and console are trimmed with burl wood. The gauges are complete set of Stuart Warner, including a tachometer. The console is full of switches and levers that control everything from the windows to the heat. Up above it does he have a cloth headliner and a power sunroof with a sunshade. And there's more switches to control the lights. The original padded dash is not cracked or warped. Carpet is in real good shape. I would say overall it is actually very good inside.

ENGINE COMPARTMENT: GM 5.0 liter V-8 motor with 4 Barrel Edelbrock carb and HEI ignition system. New chrome valve covers and air cleaner. Features include power steering, power brakes and air conditioning. It is very tidy and proper. All the components, brackets, engine bay are clean and painted nice. Under the hood matches the body. The motor runs smooth.

TRUNK COMPARTMENT: Carpeted the same as the interior. The spare tire lid is upholstered. The weatherstrip is in excellent shape. Bottom of the trunk lid and the jamb is painted real nice. It does have a power trunk release that works. It comes with a pile of catalogs and service manuals.

UNDERSIDE: The bottom is suprisingly clean. Someone did clean and neatly paint it. There is no caked on grease, the metal chassis is smooth. They used original Studebaker frames. Floors are fiberglass and look clean. Front end components look like they are in excellent shape- ball joints, bushings, tie rod ends, shocks etc. Bottom of the motor is really clean, has flywheel cover. That's a turbo 350 automatic transmission and in back is a GM 12 bolt rear end. Rear shocks look like they're recent, it has a sway bar. Great sounding dual exhaust with glass pack style mufflers. It has disc brakes in front.

Most people will have to ask you what it is. It is a car with an interesting history and unique features. Avanti was Americas 7th biggest car manufacturer at one time. It can be serviced by anyone that can work on a Chevy. Comfortable and fun to drive!

I, Jay Grams, take pride in personally writing the descriptions for virtually every car for about the last 30 years now. A significant amount of effort goes into fact checking. What I am offering is my professional impression of the vehicle.

Our salesmen are happy to assist with descriptions and making sure your questions are answered. One great suggestion is letting us do a walk around video that explains the car's condition in detail.

Don't be intimidated, contact sales now for a no pressure, no hassle experience!

Air conditioning

Power steering

Power disc brakes

Power sun roof

Power trunk

Power windows

Power antenna

Tilt Momo wheel

Cruise control

Vanity tray

SW gauges

Rear defrost

Custom wheels


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