December 30 Weekly Open Thread--I got an Avanti for Christmas!
I've wanted an Avanti ever since I first saw one in the parking lot of the shorthole golf course near my house sometime in the early seventies. It's been a running joke in the family for years: "What do you want for Christmas?" "An Avanti: R2 engine, four speed, turquoise." Every Christmas morning, I get teased: "Sorry, no Avanti this year."
So imagine the shock this Christmas when the kids led me into the garage...and there it was, under a car cover: an Avanti!
Not just any old Avanti, either, but a genuine Studebaker, 1963, with the supercharged engine, and a 4-speed stick shift.
As you'll see from the pictures after the jump, it's a bit of a project car and it's going to require a lot of work, but the upside is the pieces are all there and it came with a detailed set of instructions.
The downside is, it's only a 1/25 model kit. It really was under a car cover, though--a full size car cover, which was also a present, stretched over some patio furniture arranged in a vaguely Avanti-like configuration.
In all seriousness, this is a really nice kit.
I plan to take my time and do it right. It will, of course, be painted the Avantiest of all possible Avanti colors, Avanti Turquoise, with the matching "Color Scheme No. 9" interior in turquoise and "fawn" (light beige). I promise an update when it gets done.
This is the place to discuss your automotive Christmas presents, or anything else car-related.
--Cookie the Dog's Owner