The ‘Vette Set: Inside the National Corvette Museum

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
1977 Avanti II
The Avanti was an Italian-inspired American sports coupe made by Studebaker until the company closed its doors in 1963. Two Studebaker dealers joined forces to save the Avanti, purchasing the rights to build the car and working with suppliers to source the chassis and body. After the formation of the Avanti Motor Corporation, the Avanti II was ready for production by 1965; however, the engine could no longer be sourced from Studebaker. An agreement with GM allowed Avanti to obtain numerous components from the Corvette, including its 327-cubic inch 300-horsepower V8 engine and Muncie 4-speed manual transmission.

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