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rgallatin
07-10-2016, 07:34 AM
Loewy 1956 Jaguar one-of-a-kind proposal that was completely destroyed in a 1957 fire at Barris Customs of California.

Destroyed 1956 Jaguar (http://www.theavanti.net/loewyjaguar.html)

63 R2 Hawk
07-10-2016, 09:18 AM
It does look a little Avanti-ish....

T.J. lavallee
07-10-2016, 03:24 PM
Good Lord...that thing is ugly.

StudeRich
07-10-2016, 03:33 PM
Looks like an Avanti on Steroids! :mad: It is clear that Loewy did not get help with that one from his much better Design Team Members!
Can you say typical Loewy Gaudiness?

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Dan Timberlake
07-10-2016, 03:36 PM
Mr Barris often tended toward excess and even frivolous ornamentation in my opinion.
It is hard to say for sure where Loewy ended and Barris began, but I'm guessing the bumper guards and dual airhorns are Mr B's.

Scott
07-10-2016, 04:51 PM
That was one of the few customs I actually liked. Too bad.:(

SN-60
07-10-2016, 04:56 PM
After looking at the photos of this thing....the fire might have been a blessing! :woot:

Hawklover
07-10-2016, 05:05 PM
Ugly is in the eye of the beholder.......I find much to admire in that design. Indeed, Loewy himself called the '56 Jag, '57 BMW, and '60 Lancia the "grandparents of the Studebaker Avanti.
Good Lord...that thing is ugly.

Hawklover
07-10-2016, 05:07 PM
Sad that your taste in automotive design is centered in your...............:-(
After looking at the photos of this thing....the fire might have been a blessing! :woot:

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A masterpiece in many areas and design thoughts.
That was one of the few customs I actually liked. Too bad.:(

bensherb
07-10-2016, 05:20 PM
It looks good from the back but too cluttered in front. http://www.theavanti.net/loewy/loewy_jaguar6.jpghttp://www.theavanti.net/loewy/loewy_jaguar5.jpghttp://www.theavanti.net/loewy/loewy_jaguar8.jpghttp://www.theavanti.net/loewy/loewy_jaguar7.jpg

T.J. lavallee
07-11-2016, 01:08 PM
Ugly is in the eye of the beholder.......I find much to admire in that design. Indeed, Loewy himself called the '56 Jag, '57 BMW, and '60 Lancia the "grandparents of the Studebaker Avanti.

Right, but did he have to create such an ugly grandchild?

nebraska stude
07-11-2016, 10:19 PM
The roof and rear window look very much like a Jensen Interceptor.

TWChamp
07-11-2016, 11:13 PM
The 4th picture in reply 10 looks closer to an Amphicar than any Stude. It certainly isn't a car I'd want.

t walgamuth
07-12-2016, 06:09 AM
The overall shape is nice. The details from the front are pretty terrible. The back almost makes it imho. Looks like a sketch on a napkin built by someone else who lacked design training.

Scott
07-12-2016, 10:12 AM
I don't see what's so wrong with it. Take off the horns and appendages (maybe even with them) and I'd drive that any day. Here are two versions.
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t walgamuth
07-12-2016, 01:54 PM
That is a big improvement!

I wonder if Archie added the other stuff?

JRoberts
07-12-2016, 03:25 PM
I agree that from the rear the car is attractive and that the front end is too cluttered for me. Each to his or her own I guess.

SN-60
07-12-2016, 05:20 PM
What's difficult to believe is that Raymond Loewy, a man best known for his clean, uncluttered designs, had anything to do with this nightmare! :eek:


PS.....Woody Allen could have used this car in his classic comedy "Sleeper"! :D

showbizkid
07-13-2016, 12:33 PM
No so bizarre when you consider some of the advanced design proposals Exner's design studio and GM Styling were turning out during the same era.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DGcYUf5H0k4/U0BDO61yAlI/AAAAAAAAKn0/9OZeLN9CTcI/s1600/Buick+Le+Sabre+front+proposal+for+1959+-+SIA+page.jpg

rgallatin
07-15-2016, 06:26 AM
Loewy 1956 Jaguar one-of-a-kind proposal that was completely destroyed in a 1957 fire at Barris Customs of California.

Destroyed 1956 Jaguar (http://www.theavanti.net/loewyjaguar.html)

Whatever your opinion of Loewy's one-of-a-kind 1956 Jaguar prototype it seems a shame that it was completely destroyed in a fire.

8E45E
07-15-2016, 06:30 AM
I don't see what's so wrong with it.
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If the grill was only 1/3 the way up from the bumper, it would improve the looks immensely.

Craig

SN-60
07-15-2016, 07:28 AM
All may not be lost....I took my grandaughter to the 'Greatest Show On Earth' two years ago. A vehicle that looked VERY MUCH like the car we are discussing was driven into the large center ring.....believe it or not, twenty one clowns jumped out of it!! :lol: