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Jersey2J
11-11-2009, 02:44 PM
For what it's worth, Hagerty put together its picks of the collector cars that the most powerful and influential professionals of the MAD MEN era would have driven.

The '63 Avanti was #6 on the list.

"1963 Studebaker Avanti ($23,000-$31,000): Studebaker was among the last of America's independent automakers. Styled by a team led by famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, the Avanti was Studebaker's last gasp. A Hail Mary Pass of a European-style GT, the Avanti was a lasting icon of an era when the fiercely independent were heroes. While Studebaker succumbed to a creeping death, Avanti production continued into the 1980s."

The full article is here: http://in.sys-con.com/node/1181813

I loved the listing, but didn't appreciate the rather harsh note about Studebaker's demise ... then again, who says Studebaker's gone! It's very much alive here.

Jersey2J | Sacramento, CA
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maxpower1954
11-11-2009, 03:11 PM
I don't consider a remark about about Studebaker succumbing to a creeping death to be harsh; it's the truth, and had been since about 1955 (except for the Lark sales boom of 1958-60.)

Did you miss the GT Hawk at number eight on the list? So I've got two Studebakers that Don Draper or Roger might have bought! "Mad Men" is a great show, and gets the historical aspects of the '60s exactly right. The episode dealing with the crash of American Airlines Flight 1 on March 1, 1962 was very well done. Russ Farris

"All glory is fleeting"
George C. Scott as "Patton"

55coupe
11-11-2009, 04:00 PM
Hey Sunday is a meeting of the local SDC at what was the Towe Muesuem.Why don't you come by? President of Karel Staple Chapter

Jersey2J
11-11-2009, 06:13 PM
Russ, 55coupe, thanks for the postings.

I was quick to post and didn't note the Hawk. There was some discussion online of whether Don Draper would buy a Studebaker as opposed to a Cadillac in the show's second season.

55coupe, I'll be there on Sunday.

Regards,
Jason

Jersey2J | Sacramento, CA
9G 1950 Studebaker Champion/W3 4-Door DeLuxe
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