Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Raymond Loewy Avanti

Photo - Courtesy of Loewy Design 

This Avanti arrived at the shop yesterday, brought down by transport from the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana.  It's Raymond Loewy's personal Avanti.  The car is in the care of the Loewy family and has been brought to me for preservation work.

The above photo, shared by David Hagerman,Raymond's son-in-law and director of Loewy Design is from the family archives.  The late Laurence Loewy (Raymond's daughter) is seated behind the wheel for a photoshoot.

The stickers on the windshield are interesting.  They include parking stickers from France, as the Loewys resided their later years in Monte Carlo. There's also a logo sticker from NASA Skylab Space Station (Loewy designed skylab interior).

More pix to come as I work on the car.  To start, I'll restore mechanicals, replace old hoses, do clean-up work on the carb, etc.  Generally, return it to good running condition.  Minor bodywork and paint to follow.   It's a honor to be asked to work on this historic car.

Disassembled front suspension.

Suspension part teardown.

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