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Drop-top Avanti


After the demise of Studebaker in the mid-1960s, tooling and the rights to the company’s models were purchased by former Studebaker dealers, who produced the Avanti II model, which looked much like the original but initially was powered by a 5.4-liter Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine, Studebaker engines being no longer available.

The dealers sold their rights in 1982. By 1987, those rights were sold again and The New Avanti Motor Corp. was established in Youngstown, Ohio, where coupes and convertibles and even 90 four-door cars were produced before that company closed in 1991.

One of those Youngstown cars, a 1989 Studebaker Avanti convertible, is the Pick of the Day. The car is being advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“These are hand-built, American production cars in a limited number and the lowest production and most desirable were the convertibles,” the seller reports.

The car is built over a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice frame and 5.0-liter engine and 4-speed automatic transmission.

“It is very dependable and the parts are available everywhere,” the seller says. 

“The car drives really nice and looks good — interior and exterior. “It is nice enough to show and/or drive. There is probably a 99% chance that there will not be an Avanti convertible at the show. Everywhere you go — people look, point, thumbs up, or ask about it.”

The seller notes that the car has not been restored, nor does it need to be. 

Chevy engine

“Regular maintenance has always been done,” the seller says, adding that the fuel pump, water pump, thermostat, belt and brakes have been replaced, as have the tires. 

The car is offered for $20,500 and shows 77,000 miles on its odometer.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.



Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. I remember when these reproduction Avanti’s were everywhere, at every show that I went to. Now I can’t remember when it was the last time I saw one in person.

  2. I have wanted one of these since I first saw it when I was in 1st or 2nd grade. I saw an advertisement in National Geographic in 1961 or 1962. The car in the ad was white. I love Studebakers. My mother had a 1954 Commander. It had a strait six engine with a 3 speed on the column. To my mind that was the best car my parents ever owned. They liked General Motors cars. I could never understand what was wrong with them. When Studebaker was going broke in 1965, I begged them to buy another Studebaker while they still could get one.


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