Hot Wheels Studebaker Avanti T-Hunt 55/244 2009 short card
- Brand: Studebaker
- Model: Avanti
- Set: T-Hunt
- Set Number: 5/15
- Year: 2009
- Designer: n/a
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The Studebaker Avanti was a sports coupé built by the Studebaker Corporation at the direction of its president Sherwood Egbert between June 1962 and December 1963. It has been described as “one of the more significant milestones of the postwar industry”, gaining iconic status with enthusiasts and collectors.
Avanti in Italian means “advance” or “advance” and in terms of design, the Avanti Studebaker lived up to its name. While Jaguar began offering disc brake production on its XK140 (1957) model, the Avanti was the first mass-produced North American vehicle to introduce standard disc brakes (see Chrysler Crown Imperial 1951 and Crosley Hotshot 1949), it also led by its adoption of aerodynamics with a smoothed front end design – 20 years ahead of Ford Taurus and other cars in the design of the fairing that concealed the grille under the hood. Avanti’s emphasis on safety, which included optional seat belts, door locks, and anti-tip bars, was also a breakthrough that matched its name. The Avanti has survived failure after failure of its manufacturing companies, achieving cult automobile status, and maintaining a level of loyal consumers large enough to maintain its production as a special luxury vehicle for more than 45 years.
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