Here is your chance to own a hand built American car and join a group of enthusiasts who enjoy the history, performance, and exclusivity of this marque. With roots that go back to its origins at Studebaker, and then through a series of patrons who kept the legend alive and in production, this rare 1987 convertible with less than 30,000 miles is a shining example of these wonderful cars.
Hand built and American made are not terms you hear used together very often. But they are here. The factory literature that comes with this car describes it as “Art in motion” and “Elegance personified”. It has timeless styling that looks as good today as it did when it was introduced. The factory correct Red paint really highlights the graceful lines of the body as they flow smoothly down the sides. The front of the car presents that unique Avanti look that was groundbreaking when introduced and still attracts attention today. A body colored wrap around bumper was an update to the old chrome ones and blends with the front fenders that extend beyond the hood as they dive down to meet it. The rear fenders flow together smoothly with simple taillights and chrome exhaust tips peek out from underneath. The tan convertible roof looks great up or down and has a nice boot to dress it out while you are open air motoring.
Open the door and you will find an all original interior that is hand crafted in sumptuous leather and beautiful burled wood. The seats are both comfortable and supportive for cruising down the highway or exploring the back roads when the drive there is more important than the destination. A leather wrapped steering wheel is mounted on a three spoke hub that has been autographed by Michael Kelly who was the patron at the helm of Avanti when this car was built. It sits in front of a dash of real Burled Elm with a full compliment of gauges including a tachometer and monitors for all the critical engine functions mounted in it. There is a Kenwood stereo that is FM/CD and iPod compatible for your listening pleasure and the ventilation controls just below it includes air conditioning for those hot summer days. The switch for the power operated roof is just below those and a T-handle shifter for the automatic transmission rises from a wood and leather trimmed console.
Open the hood and you will find the original, numbers matching, 5.0-liter V8 motor nestled down in a neat and clean engine bay with an Avanti logo gracing the black air filter housing in nice red lettering. The engine and drivetrain on this car are tried and true Chevrolet so you can feel confident and comfortable in its reliability and performance while you sport around in this limited production special. Contributing to that reliability are refreshed parts that include new belts and hoses as well as plugs, cap and wires and a new battery. Power flows back through a 4-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels through a solid axle working through a 4-link rear suspension with coil springs. Up front a double wishbone suspension with coil springs and a sway bar provide great handling with big disc brakes providing some serious stopping power for this light little car. The rubber meets the road through 205/75R15 white wall tires mounted on chrome wire wheels with Avanti center caps.
This is a low mileage, convertible model of a limited production, hand built American car. It is in fantastic condition with lots of factory documentation, and it could be yours. What are you waiting for? Call or come on down and check out this unique American classic.
The VIN for these rare convertibles were actually only 16 digits long. Where the coupe Avanti's had a digit in the VIN to indicate a coupe, they simply left the digit out of the rare convertible VIN's. The VIN for this particular car is12AAV222H1000027.