I want to say Bass is being sneaky and throwing us an Avanti II but I think all Avanti II’s came with rectangular headlamps so I am going to say it’s an original ’63 Avanti coupe, however, the lack of emblems makes me think it is a mildly modified original car or some kind of kit car?
Nice one Bass and I agree, the Avanti is one of my favorite cars ever! The ’63 Avanti is my favorite automobile from 1963. :hellyeah:
I believe this is a pre-bankruptcy 1963 Studebaker Avanti (I) with updated (modern) wheels and minus the badges. Clues are the round headlights but also a squarer hood. (Avanti II bumper line was lower and hood drooped more for a little more aero.) It’s not original as it is missing several chrome details, whether by age or intentional design updating I’m not sure.
The Avanti styling is on par with the best Europeans of the time and ahead of the American competition.
But it came too late for Studebaker to survive. Some of my favorite Alfas and Ferraris of the period are similarly gorgeous. And the bathtub rear window is also a design feature in another favorite, the Iso Grifo (Italian American hybrid).