In all its forms, the Avanti still turns heads, but its value as a collectible has never equaled its stature as a design icon.
Because it was produced under various owners, not all Avantis were created equal. For some collectors, the romance ended with the switch to body-color bumpers; for others, it was when the Studebaker frame was replaced with a General Motors chassis. Here are some of the many faces of Avanti:
1963 Studebaker Avanti R-1, $11,000 to $33,000: The original article with road-sniffing rake and round headlight trim. Less expensive than a supercharged R-2. Forget about finding an authentic R-3; only a few were made, though many clones exist.
1983 Avanti, $8,000 to $21,000: This was the last year of chrome bumpers. It has GM parts under the hood, but check the Studebaker Lark frame closely for rust.
1988 Avanti convertible, $9,500 to $27,000: The open-top Avanti outsold all other models in this era, but it was prone to leaking. The body sat on a GM platform.
1990 Avanti sedan, $9,800 to $30,000: For some, this is when Avanti went too far. Others see the four-door as an extension of the car's portfolio.
2003 Avanti convertible, $15,000 to $37,000: A new design based on the AVX concept of 1997 and built on a Pontiac Firebird chassis. Later models were based on the Ford Mustang.
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