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  • Nice Avanti "back when" delivery photo

    SDCers in the Pacific Northwest must be holding out on us.

    In today's mail was this news clipping from the February 6, 2012 Tacoma News-Tribune, sent by our former Pastor, who retired to Lakewood WA over a decade ago.

    At least we know what happened to one of the Sears - Allstate / Avanti contest cars back then, especially one equipped with the leather seats! <GGG>:



    Anyone out there recognize the dealer or location? BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

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    The Avanti parts book list a front license plate bracket. Has any one ever seen or have one? The photo Avanti has the license plate in the area where the center rubber bumper is installed. Is this correct? I have never displayed my front plate, I keep it in the trunk, which is acceptable in some states.

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    • #3
      The photo was taken on base...the buildings take me back to my own childhood and my own military career.
      63 Avanti R1 2788
      1914 Stutz Bearcat
      (George Barris replica)

      Washington State

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      • #4
        First, the rubber strip bolted the plate on the front bumper. The plate's top two holes would line up with the bolts and secure the plate, but didn't prevent the plate from getting a high speed warp in them.
        Ahhh! The fond memories of scenic Fort Lewis WA. Back in time to August 25, 1970, "Uncle Sam" felt that the Vietnam conflict could not concluded with out my presence in the Army. I had a draft lottery number of 143, so after graduating from IL State University in June, I was at Fort Lewis the evening of August 25th, flying in from Chicago, to be a part of B-4-2 platoon. After in-processing and "donating" blood, we started Basic training on 9/01/70. September & October are notorious for rain there, so we all got to were the rain gear around most of the time. Scenic diversions included 13 mile hikes to Puget Sound and longingly looking to the east at Mt. Rainier. My post passes were spent finding Olympia beer at the closest liquor store. After a "truly wonderful" time at Fort Lewis, I got to go to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio for the 10 week 91A10 Medic training and then another 3 weeks for the 91U20 - Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist training to go to Fort Leonard Wood in MO for another 9 weeks OJT. After all the training, I ended up at the St. Louis AAFEES to help give physicals for the duration of my 18 month stint in the Army. Prez "Tricky Dick"Nixon was in office at that time and everyone was getting 6 month early outs to reduce troop levels. I never did leave the states in the Army, but I am thankful for the experience I gained from the time(as well as the GI Bill benefits).
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Retired View Post
          The Avanti parts book list a front license plate bracket. Has any one ever seen or have one? The photo Avanti has the license plate in the area where the center rubber bumper is installed. Is this correct? I have never displayed my front plate, I keep it in the trunk, which is acceptable in some states.
          Back in the '70s someone was making a license plate frame for Avantis that was hinged...the bracket hold down tabs fit between the center rubber cushion for the bumper and the bumper itself and when stationary, the tag would hang down normally. At speed the plate hinged back and didn't restrict airflow to the radiator scoop. I had one and it worked quite well. After purchased my '70 Avanti I tried to fabricate the same type of tag bracket with a piano hinge. The problem? My '70 has the stone guard covering the radiator opening where the '63 I previously owned did not...and the swinging license plate would hit the stone guard when swinging rearward. A good idea that would not work with the stone guard in place...it was good only for early cars without the guard.

          All I do now is leave the front plate in the trunk...not quite kosher in my state but it's been no problem yet.
          Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gunslinger View Post
            All I do now is leave the front plate in the trunk...not quite kosher in my state but it's been no problem yet.
            Luckily here in Washington if you have Collector Vehicle (or Horseless Carriage) plates you only get one plate for the rear.
            But cops will pull you over for not having a front plate here and in Texas (where a friend was pulled over for not having one on his daily driver.
            63 Avanti R1 2788
            1914 Stutz Bearcat
            (George Barris replica)

            Washington State

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            • #7
              Come to New Jersey. If its 1945 or before you can display just the rear. 1946 and beyond must display 2. No rhyme or reason why.

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              • #8
                Anyone notice the "contoured leather bucket seats" phrase in the newspaper article. I suspect this avanti had the deluxe vinyl and the newspaper reporter just didn't check it out close enough.
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                John
                63R-2386
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                • #9
                  Too many years driving in quest of a U turn to go back to NYC:-)
                  Originally posted by bonehead007 View Post
                  Come to New Jersey. If its 1945 or before you can display just the rear. 1946 and beyond must display 2. No rhyme or reason why.

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                  • #10
                    At the L.A. Roadster show a vendor had a lic. bracket that hinged with a vacuum solinoid. Apply vacuum & the plate swung up or turn the engine off & the plate swings down for "The Man" to inspect. I figured it killed 2 birds with one stone. While parked the meter maids can't write you up & on the road the plate doesnt prevent the desparate air needed to cool an Avanti.
                    59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
                    60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
                    61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
                    62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
                    62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
                    62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
                    63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
                    63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
                    64 Zip Van
                    66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
                    66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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                    • #11
                      This one is hinged too!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Warren Webb View Post
                        At the L.A. Roadster show a vendor had a lic. bracket that hinged with a vacuum solinoid. Apply vacuum & the plate swung up or turn the engine off & the plate swings down for "The Man" to inspect. I figured it killed 2 birds with one stone. While parked the meter maids can't write you up & on the road the plate doesnt prevent the desparate air needed to cool an Avanti.
                        I bet that's more to conceal it for a RED LIGHT camera, right?? 'For those instances where you just KNOW you won't be able to stop in time....

                        Craig

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                        • #13
                          This must be yet another Avanti Red '64 with all black interior. I'd be interested in learning the serial number of this Avanti.

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                          • #14
                            Assuming this car was delivered by a Tacoma dealer, that might be Temple Motors, or another dealer on So. Tacoma Way whose name I don't remember. ABC Motors maybe? They also sold Renaults and I think they changed their name to ABC Imports. I saw my first Turquoise Avanti there. Was told it was the owner's wife's car. Didn't like the color then, but I do now.
                            And for all you Ft. Lewis dogfaces, you may remember that it was adjacent to McCord AFB. Well, a year or so ago they combined the two bases in a cost-cutting move. It is now known as Joint Base Lewis-McCord, or JBLM.

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                            • #15
                              Combining the bases makes too much sense for the current regime. I wonder how many areas in the US like Sea-Tac had multiple bases. After Ft Lewis, I went to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio TX, and I know there was an AF base in that town also, but I don't remember the name.
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