LeMay-AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM has in its collection, the car that has been designated as Avanti #1001, the first production Avanti sold in America. The car at one time was altered to the condition shown on this page (as it looked when donated to the museum) and is in need of full restoration to bring the car back to the way it looked the day it was first sold. The car was donated to the museum in 2003 by Dr. Daniel Cook of Lakewood Washington.
After inspecting the Avanti we have determined the car to be very restorable but needing parts replaced, or rebuilt. We decided this car deserved a show quality restoration to original specifications. The work is in progress. Once completed, this Studebaker Avanti will be one of our showcase vehicles, telling the story of American automotive manufacturing, innovative design and engineering.
The project was recently featured in Hemmings Daily News [April 11, 2014] http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2014/04/11/first-studebaker-avantis-restoration-nearly-complete/
LeMay-America's Car Museum is very grateful for the support of the Studebaker historians, Avanti owners and Studebaker Drivers Club members.
DO YOU HAVE A PART OR SERVICE TO DONATE? PLEASE CONTACT the
Collection Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-683-3967
Click here for Parts LIST and PROGRESS PAGES!
UPDATE: The Avanti after paint and body work (April 2014) on display in the museum (temporary). The car is now off to the upholstery shop.
Avanti 1001 BEFORE