What’s more, the supercharged version, which came with 289 horsepower on tap, became the fastest production car in the world thanks to a top speed that reached beyond 170 mph (274 kph). The blown Avanti also broke no fewer than 29 world speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Come 2023 and the Avanti is not as celebrated as other classics from the era, but it enjoys a cult following among Studebaker and vintage sports car enthusiasts. And because many of them have been abandoned in junkyards, they’re quite rare and are becoming increasingly more expensive on the classic car market. Especially the supercharged models.
Rescued by the folks over “Restored,” this Avanti spent a couple of decades in a larger classic car collection. The previous owner was planning on getting it back on the road, but life got in the way and the Studebaker ended up under a carport. Fortunately enough though, having a roof over its head kept the Avanti in solid condition.
Not surprisingly, the supercharged V8 was not running when the car was rescued. And not just because it was missing a battery. The rodents that have been living under the hood for a few years chewed off some of the cables and damaged other components too. But fortunately enough, our hosts managed to fix everything and got the old V8 to fire up again.
The engine turned out to be extremely loud due to a missing exhaust, but it runs as it should, which is unexpected for a 60-year-old classic that has been sitting for two decades. Is it getting a proper restoration?
Well, the shop wants to clean it up and make it road-worthy, which is the next best thing when it comes to vehicles like this. Especially when compared to sitting under the carport. If you’re a fan of the Avanti, you’ll definitely enjoy this video, so hit the play button below to watch it come back to life.
Leave a Reply