View Full Version : Stolen Avanti

07-31-2006, 08:56 PM
From the news group

Howard Johnson had his Avanti stolen from a shop in Oroville, CA. Oroville is about an hour north of Sacramento. This is a high performance R-3 4 speed Clone with a supercharger. It has slotted mags, candy red paint with most of it primered over to get ready for a repaint. The car has 4 wheel disc brakes. We believe the front bumper is off the car as it is now. If you have any information please contact me: salstude@sbcglobalYYY.net (remove the YYY to send). A reward is being offered, but Howard is layed up in the hospital for the last several weeks, so, screw the reward, let's just try to get his car back. Thanks

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64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
63 GT Hawk
63 Avanti R1/AC
63 Avanti R2/4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
62 GT(parts car)
60 Lark convert
60 Hawk
56 Power Hawk/4 speed/289
52 Starliner
51 Commander

08-01-2006, 01:29 AM
Wow, that sucks. I will keep an eye out for it.


08-01-2006, 10:57 AM
I'll keep an eye out for it in Reno~ looks like I'll be making it over for 'Hot August Nights'...

StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...)
'57 Commander 2dr
'57 Champion 2dr
'58 Packard sedan
'65 Cruiser

08-01-2006, 01:09 PM
Eyes peeled in the central valley! Hard to believe some idiot would STEAL something as blatantly obvious as an Avanti! You know - make off with a Mercedes or some Acura or whatever the "flavor-of-the-month is for car theft! But an Avanti??? Either the thief was just stupid (goes without saying I guess!:() or they HAD a buyer lined up to recieve it![}:)]

Of course, if was some youngsters bent on a joy ride..... no telling what it might look like when it's recovered.[xx(]

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

08-01-2006, 01:19 PM
I never used to lock my 1957 silver hawk (6 cyl, auto) when I lived in the SF bay area, because I figured if some idiot was stupid enough to steal it he'd be spotted a mile away (it was wedgewood blue), and besides if he really wanted the car that bad, he'd get what he deserved! At least that's what I told myself when the car had been giving me grief.

08-01-2006, 01:52 PM
I certainly hope that he gets his Avanti back, or at minimum, he carries enough insurance to begin to replace it. Is this the same Howard Johnson that I knew from the east coast that owned a '64 Hawk? Unless it was for a joy ride, unlikely, the car is probably in a container headed out of the country.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

08-02-2006, 10:42 AM
Well, if it was for a joy ride, the car won't be worth a... um, darn when they find it.:( The style now is to torch the car so there's no prints.[V]

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

08-02-2006, 11:06 AM
Torch the car? 5 minutes and its a pile of goo.


08-02-2006, 07:26 PM
Living in the car striping capital of America....I believe the car has had its parts removed....that R-3 clone was spotted by the individal who had it removed...the engine alone would be worth the effort...for some cretin....[V][V]