VIN: RQB1693 condition: good cylinders: 8 cylinders drive: fwd fuel: gas paint color: red size: full-size title status: clean transmission: automatic type: coupe
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Hand-built, one of 107 made in 1971. This was made in October. This car has been stored under a carport for at least the last 15 years, unused/un-driven. A "barn-find" of sorts.
ORIGINAL 1971 EQUIPMENT:
Avantis were highly-optioned luxury muscle cars that were plenty more$ than a Corvette of similar year. Factory AC, power windows, front power disc brakes, 7-position tilt wheel, remote mirror, rear defrost(fan), full gauges, custom-ordered paint, custom interior, Magnum 500 wheels, wide-oval Firestones, etc.
ENGINE: the showcase here is the original 1971 Corvette LT-1, 350/300 horsepower. Rare engine! Three-speed auto.
This car runs decent, considering the amount of time it has not been driven. Not much maintenance has been done to this for some time. Starts quickly, sounds great considering this car has what might be..the original almost-50-year-old exhaust system!! Close your eyes, and it sounds like a "vette. That being said, it needs an exhaust system refresh. Pipes have rust holes in a few spots on right side, keeping all the good stuff from reaching the back. Still sounds good! Have only driven a short distance but shifting is fine right now. Oil pressure is excellent and vacuum also. All Stewart Warner gauges. The odometer/speedo is working. It was replaced/repaired in the 1990's, and staerted at zero-miles, only 5010-miles since then! True mileage unknown. The engine compartment is complete and original, which includes the very rare Corvette LT1 valve covers! (new gaskets just installed)The power steering pressure hose has just been replaced(new). The AC is complete, but does not blow cold or?..it has been retrofitted, according to a sticker under the hood.
BRAKES: the system needs much attention. the PO bought from his uncle's estate and cobbled-together a few lines to get this to stop. Apparently needs a proportioning valve. Pulling the front wheel to inspect I realized these brakes haven't been touched in decades. Original Dunlop calipers and rotors look ancient. This car is ready for a Turner conversion. Brakes work enough to get on a trailer, and unless you live a few blocks away from me, you won't be driving this home.
INTERIOR: custom Chianti Rafael vinyl, tan in color. In incredibly good condition considering long-term storage and this car is almost 50 years old! No damage at all, save for a couple of holes/punctures in rear seat(extra vinyl under seats to repair) Carpet is black plush/pile. Padded dash looks good, has expected cracks, near windshield. Door panels excellent! Drivers door has speaker hole open. A PO was installing a new sound system. There is an older 10-CD changer in trunk and Custom Sound cassette/CD in dash, neither hooked up. This car will come with a complete new set of black felt liners for mirror vanity, glove box, Console and lid.
BODY: Obviously, hand-built fiberglas by the same factory as Corvettes. The color chosen and ordered originally was 1970 Cadillac Eldorado Briarwood Firemist(Cinnamon Brown metallic). As you can see, it was repainted a LONG time ago to red. The red looked great when new I'm sure, but it is incredibly crazed, blistered, chipped and wrinkled, and also shows a couple cracks. The worst is about 3" at top of passenger front wheel well. Also, a chunk at the front bumper mount. The passenger door closes well, and the driver's door needs adjustment/nothing major it seems, but expected. The paint area above driver rear wheel well was really thin, so I decided to do some major wet sanding to see what I could find. 12 grits and it is smoother than any baby's butt...and down to the 'glass. This paint will need to be stripped to get down to the beautiful body that is Avanti. Gorgeous from any angle.
BUMPERS/TRIM=== both front and back bumpers are undamaged straight and solid. Some plating loss(exposing corrosion) at corners. Stainless trim looks nice, a couple of expected minor dings.
GLASS: all glass is very good except for the obvious, the windshield which is cracked(long time ago) and will need replacement.
WHEELS/TIRES: as mentioned the wheels are the factory ordered Magnum 500's, in incredible condition for being almost 50 years old. (the 5th 500 is still in trunk)The 4 nice radial tires are NEW and have literally less than a couple miles...paper still on them.
FRAME/UNDER:.... the hog-troughs!! They are excellent and visually intact/appear solid..have surface corrosion, No, I haven't taken an ice pick to them. The rest of frame has been undercoated and is very solid. The rear crossmember has some rust holes, but solid. This is expected, as it is the case in a mojority of Avantis. Easily replaced. (compared to heavily-rusted hog-troughs)
PROVENANCE: this car's initial destination(ordered) was to Gilman Wisconsin. It didn't actually leave the factory until June 1972. It was probably an on-site demonstrator. Then it resided in Arizona, Michigan, Connecticut, Maryland, Florida, and now Indianapolis. At least four titled owners. I have a copy of the ORIGINAL South Bend/Studebaker building/build sheet, and a couple shop manuals.
If you have read this and are still interested, then you may inquire. It's an Avanti, a rare car indeed, but do your research. They can be the greatest adventure of your car-life. There's nothing like them. Expect pickadillows!
PRICE::=== is closest Ca$h offer to $8500. Do not contact me unless you have the CA$H and are serious. Not many of these left(any year) that are in the condition this is in, meaning complete, running, and could be on it's way to enjoyment sooner rather than later. Again, one of ONLY 107 made in 1971. The historic Corvette 350 LT1. Rather not trade but? I have plenty of photos I can forward of specific areas. If the ad is up, it is still for sale. SCAMMERS, you know where you can go...
TITLE:===== is signed by Previous Owner, OPEN title from Maryland.
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