It’s Friday! You made it out the other side, victorious! Sort of like the Studebaker Avanti, which, by 1990, had been reborn as this thing, with four doors, even. I don’t hate it.

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Also, is that dude with the bags a chauffeur? For an Avanti? Is it his off-duty car, the sort of thing a driving professional might pick? Is the door open because the drug-addled rich person bolted out, high as a freaking kite?

BONUS: If you can ID what car those marker lights came from, you’ll have a glorious weekend. Answer is here.

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DISCUSSION

That Avanti 4-door was actually based on a Chevy Caprice Classic chassis, retuned for spoting purposes. The 2-door used a Monte Carlo SS chassis. Yeah, GM stopped building the rear-drive MC in 1987, but Avanti stockpiled as many chassis as they could.

MotorWeek did a road test of the 4-back in 1990. John Davis didn’t really like the car.

Later models used the GM F-body chassis and were built in Villa Rica, Georgia.

Avanti also tried to bring back the Studebaker name on a Hummer competitor called the Studebaker XUV. GM sued because the first concept looked too much like a Hummer H1, so they restyled it. They also put together a pickup. Everything was based on a Ford Excursion chassis, which was fitting because the Avanti coupe was transitioning to th Mustang chassis. But the company went bust before production started.