Friday, July 22, 2011

American Power And American Styling

by Mike -

These three classic cars are unique.

1963 Studebaker Avanti - some people love this style and some may not love it. But it is uniquely an American design.

The body is fiberglass which caused production problems for Studebaker. It is powered by a 289 cid V8 producing 240 hp and was styled by Raymond Loewy, Tom Kellogg, Bob Andrews and John Ebstein. 

There were approximately 6,000 Studebaker Avantis produced in 1962 and 1963.

This elegant Avanti was photographed at the Sonoma Marin Concours d'Elegance on May 15, 2011.

1969 American Motors AMX with a 390 cid V8 - this is a special model because it was a two seater sports car with a short wheel base and a powerful engine. It competed with the Corvette at a much lower price.

It was styled by Richard Teague and there were approximately 20,187 made from 1968 to 1970.

This AMC AMX was photographed at the Marin Yacht Club car show on July 7, 2011.

Corvette Sting Ray - when this car was introduced by Chevrolet in 1963 it created a sensation. It was sleek and stylish like no other car and it was fast with a 327 cid or a 427 cid V8 engine.

The body is fiberglass and was styled by Ed Cole, Zora Arkus-Duntov and Bill Mitchell. There were approximately 118,000 of this C2 style produced between 1963 and 1967.

This Corvette was photographed at the Fun In The Sun event on July 17, 2011.

Michael Menetto is responsible for some of these photographs.

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