After 15 Years, Reunited and Restored

For those who love collectible cars, here’s an interesting nightmare of a story…

Have you ever lost a car? Of course you have — at the airport or in a snow bank, or maybe your roommate, spouse, mom or dad took off with it. And let’s not forget the rented silver Altima you parked at the mall the week before Christmas.

I really did lose a car, and it stayed lost for more than 15 years. It wasn’t just any car, but a 1963 Studebaker Avanti, and a rather desirable supercharged 4-speed example at that.

Moreover, it was the second Avanti built, the oldest production model in private hands. A car that, when new, was sent to Studebaker’s public relations department to be the new model’s introduction to the world.

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