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tony58
04-28-2014, 02:58 PM
Looks like my "57"Silver Hawk might be sold? My next purchase might be a Avanti Convertable.I know they are scarce as hen's teeth.So my question is where are the best places to search for one other than here?I haven't seen one on e bay in awhile.
Thanks,
Tony

plwindish
04-28-2014, 03:52 PM
There was a black convertible on Ebay about a month ago. I don't remember if it sold or what it brought. Prices are going to be all over the board ranging mainly from $15 - $30 K. As far as I know there were a couple of convertibles made from coupes(not sure what year) as possible prototypes. Convertible production was in '87, '88, '89 and about 15 were produced in '90. I have an '89 and there were a little over 100 produced that year. I'm not sure how many were produced in '87 and '88. The convertibles (especially the '89's with the body ground effects) are drop-dead gorgeous. Possible problems with all '87s, '88s and 89's according to Dan Booth) are electrical issues. Some have had fires, a lot have had window switches and window motor problems.
Search-wise, also look at Hemming's ads. Good Luck with the search.

Gunslinger
04-28-2014, 04:21 PM
I haven't owned an Avanti from the Kelly-Caffaro generation but I understand a potential problem area is the convertible top motors and bows. Some have said the motors are somewhat weak and the bows are difficult to replace due to being custom bent for the purpose. They may be adapted from another vehicle but had to be rebent to work.

Depending on your view of the body change, don't overlook the Avanti convertibles from the 2000's. I have an '02 and it's a great car. With it being essentially a rebodied TransAM or Mustang, all the mechanicals (on the GM anyway) are stock GM production and can be easily serviced. The numbers of these are even rarer by comparison and don't come up for sale often it seems.

You might join onto the AOAI forum and ask there if anyone is planning to sell or knows of one available.

Lou Van Anne
04-28-2014, 06:08 PM
Everyone I've ever seen a very bad alignment problem between the passenger door vent frame and the windshield....the weather stripping gets wider as you go up between the door and the windshield. Did I just miss the good ones or are they all like that?

289stude
04-29-2014, 12:23 AM
Have a friend that has one for sale pm me for info

JLB
04-29-2014, 06:02 AM
There was a black convertible on Ebay about a month ago. I don't remember if it sold or what it brought. Prices are going to be all over the board ranging mainly from $15 - $30 K. As far as I know there were a couple of convertibles made from coupes(not sure what year) as possible prototypes. Convertible production was in '87, '88, '89 and about 15 were produced in '90. I have an '89 and there were a little over 100 produced that year. I'm not sure how many were produced in '87 and '88. The convertibles (especially the '89's with the body ground effects) are drop-dead gorgeous. Possible problems with all '87s, '88s and 89's according to Dan Booth) are electrical issues. Some have had fires, a lot have had window switches and window motor problems.
Search-wise, also look at Hemming's ads. Good Luck with the search.
This post references a possible prototype made from a coupe. I can tell you that the "Florida Prototype" was made from a coupe. A 1970 as I recall. The car was white with an orange interior, and was converted in the Clearwater Florida area. The guy that did the conversion did a lot of unusual work. While watching the Avanti conversion, I also saw a Lincoln being changed from left hand drive to right hand drive.I believe this all occurred in the early to mid eighties, as I recall.

studegary
04-29-2014, 01:19 PM
There was a black convertible on Ebay about a month ago. I don't remember if it sold or what it brought. Prices are going to be all over the board ranging mainly from $15 - $30 K. As far as I know there were a couple of convertibles made from coupes(not sure what year) as possible prototypes. Convertible production was in '87, '88, '89 and about 15 were produced in '90. I have an '89 and there were a little over 100 produced that year. I'm not sure how many were produced in '87 and '88. The convertibles (especially the '89's with the body ground effects) are drop-dead gorgeous. Possible problems with all '87s, '88s and 89's according to Dan Booth) are electrical issues. Some have had fires, a lot have had window switches and window motor problems.
Search-wise, also look at Hemming's ads. Good Luck with the search.

There were also three (or perhaps four) Avanti production convertibles made for 1985.

When you state 15 for 1990, that is an error. Only four door sedans were made for 1990. There were 15 (or possibly 17) convertibles made for the 1991 model year.

plwindish
04-29-2014, 02:37 PM
Gary, I think you might be right. I don't have the production figures in front of me and I knew one year in the '87 - '91 run, there weren't any convertibles made. I thought '90 was the year. BTW, there is a '91 listed for sale in the Hemmings Ads, pictures available upon request.

studegary
04-29-2014, 03:04 PM
How much is the 1991 convertible?

rstrasser
04-29-2014, 03:28 PM
ocation:
Palm Bay, Florida 32909

Description: AVANTI: 1991 convertible, only 15 built, white, red leather, new tan top, looks and runs perfectly, used as show car, 116K miles, Best of Show winner, drive anywhere in comfort, fuel injection, anti-lock brakes, $27,500, email for pictures. 321-723-8642, FL; [email]

Price: $27,500

Gary I sent you a PM on another subject
Ron

Red350DropTop
04-29-2014, 07:39 PM
The 91's have the "one piece body" that was supposed to improve production time. It is subtly different appearing in a way I find not pleasing. I also believe the 87's have a unique top.

tony58
04-29-2014, 09:40 PM
289stude-sent pm- Thanks all for the info.
Tony

studegary
04-30-2014, 12:43 PM
ocation:
Palm Bay, Florida 32909

Description: AVANTI: 1991 convertible, only 15 built, white, red leather, new tan top, looks and runs perfectly, used as show car, 116K miles, Best of Show winner, drive anywhere in comfort, fuel injection, anti-lock brakes, $27,500, email for pictures. 321-723-8642, FL; [email]

Price: $27,500

Gary I sent you a PM on another subject
Ron

Ron - Thanks for the information. IMO, that is too much for the car as described.

I answered Ron's PM right away after he sent it. He has since let me know that he didn't notice my reply PM.

studegary
04-30-2014, 12:49 PM
The 91's have the "one piece body" that was supposed to improve production time. It is subtly different appearing in a way I find not pleasing. I also believe the 87's have a unique top.

The 1991 Avanti convertibles have front fenders and rear quarter panels that bulge out quite a bit to cover the wider track. Also the nose is extended forward to make less of a shelf out of the front bumper. I like the look of the front better than my 1987. The doors, hood and trunk lid may be the only body parts that are the same as prior Avanti convertibles. This makes main body parts for them even rarer than for a 1990 sedan or 2001-2007 Avantis.

StudeMichael
04-30-2014, 11:21 PM
At one time I heard that every panel on a 1991 Avanti convertible was different from any other Avanti, Gary and made from Kevlar like the 1990 4 door Avanti. I do agree that the hood looks the same.

tony58
05-01-2014, 06:15 AM
Guess I've been talked out of a Avanti Convertable.Finding a good one and parts would be a problem.I'II probably check out the "Baby Birds"2002-2005 Thunderbirds.
Thanks,
Tony

289stude
05-01-2014, 09:05 AM
Tony I can't send emails from my phone. Please PM me with your phone number.

Thanks john

plwindish
05-01-2014, 01:03 PM
Tony don't give up on the Avanti convertibles. The "Baby Birds" are another favorite of mine, but the uniqueness of the Avanti trumps the birds and has less rust issues to deal with. GM drive train which is easy to maintain and a competent 'glass repair shop will keep the Avantis around for a long time.
I did PM you.

tony58
05-03-2014, 12:00 PM
Tony don't give up on the Avanti convertibles. The "Baby Birds" are another favorite of mine, but the uniqueness of the Avanti trumps the birds and has less rust issues to deal with. GM drive train which is easy to maintain and a competent 'glass repair shop will keep the Avantis around for a long time.
I did PM you.

I PM you back?I never saw the price?
Thanks,
Tony

tony58
05-03-2014, 12:10 PM
289stud,
I've PM you twice,don't know if they are going thru?
Thanks,
Tony

58PackardWagon
05-04-2014, 04:48 PM
Don't be afraid to be a little picky before making your selection. There are plenty of these to choose from.