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clonelark
10-13-2016, 11:23 AM
Another Loewy design

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Autocult-1-18-1957-BMW-507-Raymond-Loewy-white-/152199445102?hash=item236fcb3a6e:g:qAIAAOSw7XZXhPWI

Gunslinger
10-13-2016, 11:43 AM
Actually, that's better than some of Loewy's other personal designs...bizarre would be an apt name for them being polite about it. If you look at a number of his designs it's pretty obvious he (or his design team for the Avanti) used the best features of those personal designs for the Avanti.

I guess he saved the best for last.

63 R2 Hawk
10-13-2016, 12:07 PM
Other than the front end that looks like a cheesy rubber '83 Camero nose, goofy taillights and the yawning rear window, the rest isn't too bad....

sals54
10-13-2016, 12:33 PM
Another Loewy design

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Autocult-1-18-1957-BMW-507-Raymond-Loewy-white-/152199445102?hash=item236fcb3a6e:g:qAIAAOSw7XZXhPWI

I don't know... Other BMW 507s are selling for well over 1.5 million dollars. How's that Avanti doing???

Endl98
10-13-2016, 01:32 PM
for the life of me I can not and never will understand that,

8E45E
10-13-2016, 02:03 PM
We discussed that one, and others before: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?30531-Chris-other-Eye-Candy-1-24-Prototype-Avantis

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?95999-Lancia-Loraymo-—-Loewy’s-tribute-to-auto-ugliness&highlight=loewy

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?96065-A-bizarre-Loewy-Jaguar-completely-lost-in-a-1957-shop-fire&highlight=loewy

Craig

Buzzard
10-13-2016, 04:22 PM
Rear quarter exhibits styling clues for the '63-67 Vette, the front should be with "Mater" in Cars.
Bill

karterfred88
10-13-2016, 04:50 PM
Looks like a 69 Vette front with covers over the headlights, cloned to a 63 vette midsection, finished off with an Avanti rear glass and lowered Avanti rear body section, finished off with a pair of oddball tail lamps, hugging the ground so nobody can see them. As to value--it's BMW--not Studebaker--what do you expect!! By the way-it's not the aforementioned Vehicle-totally different front end.

Dwight FitzSimons
10-13-2016, 07:51 PM
The BMW 507 was a beautiful car and deserves its current value. Loewy's restyling of it is anything but beautiful, although parts of it are "interesting."
-Dwight FitzSimons, Editor, Greater Virginia Chapter

8E45E
10-13-2016, 08:22 PM
Like the '53 Starliner, the original BMW 507 design by Albrecht von Goertz was too nice to be messed with.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7575/29679309984_52762fddc9_k.jpg

Craig

Silverplate
10-13-2016, 08:27 PM
For the price of the model, it must run.

Gunslinger
10-13-2016, 10:10 PM
Loewy's book was titled "Never Leave Well Enough Alone". It appears that sometimes he should have.

52-fan
10-14-2016, 10:05 AM
If Studebaker had built a two place car like that with some brand specific touches we would have all loved it. Some cars are an acquired taste. ;)

studegary
10-14-2016, 02:19 PM
Loewy hired good people and was good at selling their work.

Gunslinger
10-14-2016, 03:19 PM
And taking credit for it...not that's an unusual thing. It's the same as getting a patent when your work was done for the company that pays you for creating it. The work was done on the company's times and the company gets the credit...not saying it's always fair but that's the way it goes.