Let’s face it, this is the only version of the Avanti that actually looks good. The car itself had a fascinating (and predictably tumultuous) history in the post-Studebaker years, but those endless facelifts failed to capture whatever sense of style the original had. The Avanti was among the many “weird” cars that appeared in the sci-fi film Gattaca (1997), alongside Citroens and Rovers, in a future where everyone basically drives very striking mid-20th century cars that sound vaguely electric. I only know this little anecdote because a friend’s dad contributed his classic car to the film during its production. Speaking of which, that’s a future I wouldn’t mind living in, especially if it means that we’re going to have less blob-shaped electric borefests on the interstates.
Some years ago I had the displeasure of witnessing an Avanti 4dr Sedan, one of several dozen made in the early 1990s, after the company’s successor had changed hands half a dozen times. Since this is a family website, I won’t attempt to relate to you its full horror in words, and will just say that it is something that cannot be unseen. Google it if you dare.