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  • Re: Is Tesla A Game Changer?

    Which restrooms will robots use?
  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    Two things about the Avanti II that I never liked--it lost the forward-rake of the Studebaker and the front wheel openings were shrunk somewhat, both of which had to do with getting the Chevy engine to fit under the hood. That, and as the years went by and they had to incorporate safety regulation stuff, some of the interior pieces started looking cheap to my eyes.

    Like most things Studebaker, the Avanti is a love-it or hate-it design, but I think the curved side glass, bodyside tuck-under, lack of superfluous decoration and honest-to-God bucket seats make it seem less dated than other cars you could buy in summer '62. And this from a guy who loves '62 Corvettes.

    I vascillate about liking round or square-headlight Avantis better, but I'll take a turquoise one with blower and Powershift automatic (PRND21).

    A Facebook friend of mine, whom I've not met, posted a pic yesterday of him talking with Jerry Seinfeld. Apparently Jerry will be driving the guy's original, low-mileage Studebaker Avanti on the show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee".

    A good friend of mine, not really a car guy per se but is retired and can afford it, has been looking at earnest at '63 and '64 Rivieras and sending me links to every one he's interested in. I like the '65 better (some unnecessary trim removed and those inboard headlights moved behind the clamshells), but I think he's concerned about clamshells so hasn't been looking at '65's. As I've noted before, one can buy a very nice early Riv for probably $20K...I mean, a really nice one. He's on the cusp of getting a red-on-red '63. I'm excited for him--easy to do when it's somebody else's money! LOL
    As a relatively small independent, Studebaker had to take chances to positively differentiate itself in the marketplace. Nash had unique styling, good fuel economy, beds and compact cars. Hudson featured its unique step-down design, which gave it a competitive edge in road holding. Packard offered prestige, quality and comfort. Willys had the Jeep. I'm not sure what Kaiser-Frazer offered that was special, although the new- for-'52 Kaiser was a looker in its day. Studebaker differentiated itself with unique, ahead-of-its time styling, plus class leading fuel economy. I liked the styling of all the Studebakers, including the original Avanti (not the II). There wasn't even one post WWII model I didn't like.


  • Re: Is Tesla A Game Changer?

    I wonder how Tesla's reliability compares with the BMW's and Nissan's EVs?...

    http://www.autonews.com/article/20160427/OEM05/160429847/high-warranty-costs-reflect-teslas-struggle-with-quality
  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    It's 9:00 EST New Years Eve and I'm still on Edmunds. Geez, I need to get a life. Happy New Year everyone!
  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    Of course, what we didn't know at the time was the massive corruption going on within the sales force of American Honda.

    "Arrogance and Accords" from Steve Lynch documented the whole thing from an insider's perspective.
    Glad to see you mention that book. That was a very good book. I also enjoyed Bob Lutz's book, Car Guys Versus Bean Counters. Another book that was good is The Making of the Car That Saved Ford [Eric Taub].
    I know you're referring to the Taurus, but earlier the 1949 Ford also saved that company.
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