If you missed your chance to purchase the personal Studebaker Avanti of the famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy last December 11th, you'll have another chance next month. It's not the same car, but it is another Avanti owned by the man who designed Studebaker's automotive swan song.
Although this Avanti may look like the supercharged 1963 model Loewy owned that sold this past December, there is one significant difference—it's not actually a Studebaker. After the demise of the South Bend car company, two former Studebaker dealers purchased the Avanti name, tooling and plant space and continued building and selling the cars in limited numbers as the "Avanti II".
Considering Loewy purchased this Avanti II in 1972 and had it shipped to his home in Paris, it seems only fitting the car will go up for sale May 11th as part of Bonham's Monaco sale. Pre-auction estimates have the car selling between €35,000 and €50,000 (approximately $46,000-$66,000) which make sense considering Loewy's other Avanti brought $53,125 in December.
Loewy owned a 1976 Avanti II as well as the car that will cross the block next month and the one that sold at the end of last year. If this trend of the late Industrial Designer's cars selling at auction continues, we can expect that one to cross the block November 11, 2012