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    Ricky Nelson Avanti

    About two years ago I sold a Cobra replica to Gunner Nelson , one of the twin sons of Ricky Nelson.
    Both brothers are auto guys and know their stuff.
    In our conversation I had mentioned that his fathers Avanti was available and did he have any interest.
    His reply was that he wanted a Pantera that his father had owned and was not allowed to buy from the estate , because of his Uncle David.

    I explained to him from my knowledge that his father special ordered the Avanti for his own use and that the Pantera was a walk in the dealership and I'll take it situation. It fell upon deaf ears. I thought it was a significant car and that he would have some interest

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    Was that he car that was at Classical Gas in Eaton co. for many years until it was sold at his auction afew years ago?Steve
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    His car was recently discussed here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ghlight=nelson

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    The old thread mentions two cars...red and gold.
    Which was it? (Which pioster is correct since there was no firm answer?)
    And was it really special ordered?

    PS. I can see his uncle vetoing his purchase of the Pantera. I'm assuming the estate sale was fairly close to his father's death. A young kid with a Pantata could be trouble.
    Uncle David didn't want to push the family's luck too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBOYLE View Post
    The old thread mentions two cars...red and gold.
    Which was it? (Which pioster is correct since there was no firm answer?)
    And was it really special ordered?

    PS. I can see his uncle vetoing his purchase of the Pantera. I'm assuming the estate sale was fairly close to his father's death. A young kid with a Pantata could be trouble.
    Uncle David didn't want to push the family's luck too much.
    It was Red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBOYLE View Post
    PS. I can see his uncle vetoing his purchase of the Pantera. I'm assuming the estate sale was fairly close to his father's death. A young kid with a Pantata could be trouble.
    Uncle David didn't want to push the family's luck too much.
    Young kid with a Panata?... Gunnar is 43.

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    He is now. Ricky (this will make you feel old) died 25 years ago, as noted in another post. The boys would have been 18 or so then.

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    Just saw the news tonight. David Nelson has died at age 74 of colon cancer. So the last surviving member of this famous family is gone. Long live the memories of better times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnlark View Post
    Young kid with a Panata?... Gunnar is 43.
    Quote Originally Posted by comatus View Post
    He is now. Ricky (this will make you feel old) died 25 years ago, as noted in another post. The boys would have been 18 or so then.
    Yes, that was my point...he was a young kid at the time of the estate sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverHawkDan View Post
    Just saw the news tonight. David Nelson has died at age 74 of colon cancer. So the last surviving member of this famous family is gone. Long live the memories of better times.
    I'm sad to hear this. By all accounts, he was a straight-up guy. I saw him on TV a few years ago in an interview and he seemed very unpretentious. Hard to believe he was 74.

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    older brother just went too

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