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  • nels
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    Originally posted by go-studebaker View Post
    Hi Nels,
    I am not often on the forum.

    Years ago I had heard Fleming was considering using an Avanti for the Bond car. Chances are it came from you !!! It also might have been part of why he visited the factory in 1962. Since he passed away in 1964 we will never really know what he was thinking.

    Send me a pm so I can get you on my list for the UK newsletter.

    Regards
    Greg
    Hi Greg
    I haven't seen you in many years. It looks like you've acquired quite a few Studes over that time.
    On the 007 topic: I doubt if it was me that mentioned the Avanti being considered for the 007 car. I actually read that somewhere and at sometime in the distant pass.

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by Gunslinger View Post
    Since it was known that Fleming ordered the (supposedly) first black Avanti, it was assumed the first black car shipped to the UK was his.
    According to the Studebaker News magazine, it was the first Avanti 'shipped to a purchaser England'. Again, whether it was the first one ever is open to speculation as one of two may have been shipped there beforehand for the new car show. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ghlight=jaguar

    Craig

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  • JBOYLE
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    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
    1800 bodies were manufactured in England by Jensen and Smith's instrumentation, so there was a good amount of British content in those cars.

    Craig

    True...until the Swedes got tired of the UK-built rot-prone bodies and built them in-house.

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  • go-studebaker
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    Hi Nels,
    I am not often on the forum.

    Years ago I had heard Fleming was considering using an Avanti for the Bond car. Chances are it came from you !!! It also might have been part of why he visited the factory in 1962. Since he passed away in 1964 we will never really know what he was thinking.

    Send me a pm so I can get you on my list for the UK newsletter.

    Regards
    Greg

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by JBOYLE View Post
    Jaguar said no, and the little known Volvo company offered one of their new 1800 sports coupes.
    1800 bodies were manufactured in England by Jensen and Smith's instrumentation, so there was a good amount of British content in those cars.

    Craig

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  • JBOYLE
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    Originally posted by nels View Post
    Rumor has it that the 007 car was supposed to be an Avanti but delivery was not in time for the movie production. Anybody else hear the same thing?
    No, never heard that. I get an English classic car magazine that frequently mentions film cars, they've written a great deal about the Bond films and AMs.
    They've never mentioned that...I have a hunch that's wishful thinking from South Bend fans.

    If it was true and Avantis were the Bond car, mine would be worth a lot more than it is.

    One great story they did tell about film /TV cars...The Saint was supposed to drive a Jaguar sedan (a Mk X) ....and Roger Moore offered to buy one. All they asked was to be put at the head of the waiting line so they could start filming. Jaguar said no, and the little known Volvo company offered one of their new 1800 sports coupes.
    Volvo not only provided free cars, but an interior mockup of in-car scenes. It is said the interior shots in Goldfinger used The Saint's Volvo interior mockup.
    Last edited by JBOYLE; 03-02-2015, 11:07 AM.

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  • Gunslinger
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    Originally posted by nels View Post
    Rumor has it that the 007 car was supposed to be an Avanti but delivery was not in time for the movie production. Anybody else hear the same thing?
    I would find that difficult to be believe. They used two Aston-Martins for Goldfinger...a primary car and one for promotional use. The DB5 was considered the most sophisticated British car made so it was desired. Since Bond was a British agent, it seems unlikely they would have used a non-Brit vehicle to showcase...even if more Avantis were available. Goldfinger was well into pre-production before Avantis were into any kind of full production anyway. Using a Walther PPK was enough non-British equipment but the Brits had more or less a moribund handgun industry by that time...which hasn't really changed since.

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by nels View Post
    Rumor has it that the 007 car was supposed to be an Avanti but delivery was not in time for the movie production. Anybody else hear the same thing?
    I can`t say I have ever heard of that at all. I believe the first Bond film to feature a car was Goldfinger. The novel upon which it was based was written in the late fifties already stated an Aston Martin was used by Bond, which made it fitting to use one in the film.

    Craig

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  • nels
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    Rumor has it that the 007 car was supposed to be an Avanti but delivery was not in time for the movie production. Anybody else hear the same thing?

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  • Gunslinger
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    It was some years ago there was an article in either Turning Wheels or Avanti Magazine about the Fleming car and its serial number. Someone...it would take someone with the article to determine who...did some research trying to find the exact serial number of Fleming's Avanti. Whomever did the research looked at production and shipping records for black Avantis destined for the UK. Since it was known that Fleming ordered the (supposedly) first black Avanti, it was assumed the first black car shipped to the UK was his. Again, I don't know the serial number and it's certainly not conclusive but was an educated guess.

    If someone has a complete set of Turning Wheels or Avanti Magazine or a database with all articles maybe they can retrieve the story and information.

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  • geoffrey gogle
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    Hi greg and greetings from b.c canada// if you give me your phone #-- i will give you a ring we are 9 hrs behind you//--talking about studebakers in oz --i visited maurices[now late i believe] studebaker collection in perth//-my favourite was his 38 commander ''round australia'' rally car//--[ just cannot believe that no one knows the v.i.n of flemings avanti?? Lets talk about it//---this is one avanti story that needs to be concluded//--of course you can use my ''avanti to zambia'' story in your excellent magazine--i really liked the story on r3 and r4 engines and relevant parts with their irish connection and the generosity of andy granatelli in his quest to keep a customer happy//kind regards geoff

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  • 53k
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    Originally posted by go-studebaker View Post
    Hi Geoff,
    can you please send me a private message.

    I am not exactly sure that Mr Flemming's car went state side from what I have heard, but I would like to use your article on your drive in our UK magazine.

    There were quite a lot of Studebakers that got really whacky ergo numbers like Mr Flemming's cars from that dealership that sold them even in 1964. Some of them still exist.

    Regards
    Greg
    I am fortunate enough to be on the distribution of Greg's excellent newsletter, The Stude Examiner (UK). I received the e-version today. Greg did publish Geoff Cogle's story (Post #1 in this thread), but he added some interesting information from UK sources. He published the photo (thumbnail) of the Ian Fleming and his Avanti believed to have been taken in France. The Stude Examiner also published a very interesting article that appeared in the April 1963 edition of Sporting Motorist, an English car magazine, in which the new Avanti is very positively reviewed. They viewed Ian Fleming's Avanti as a basis for their article with several more photos of his Avanti.
    I'm posting the entire article in a separate thread.
    Greg also mentioned that Richard Quinn wrote an article for the October 1996 Turning Wheels Almanac about Ian Fleming visiting the Studebaker plant. Unfortunately, my older Turning Wheels are packed away in complete disarray so there is little chance I can find it.
    Attached Files

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  • go-studebaker
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    Hi Geoff,
    can you please send me a private message.

    I am not exactly sure that Mr Flemming's car went state side from what I have heard, but I would like to use your article on your drive in our UK magazine.

    There were quite a lot of Studebakers that got really whacky ergo numbers like Mr Flemming's cars from that dealership that sold them even in 1964. Some of them still exist.

    Regards
    Greg

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  • Xcalibur
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    As for "retrieving"/restoring a severely burnt Avanti... many years ago I got a call from a local salvage yard owner who knew I drive Avantis. He said he'd just bought a burnt one if I wanted to come by and look at it. That's all he said and of course I did.

    OMG! When he said burnt he was understating, to say the VERY least. Story was that it had been stolen, quit running on the nearby Interstate, intentionally torched, and abandoned. One would not have had to worry about retrieving ANY id plates nor much of anything else. Even the frame was visibly warped from the intense heat. I shall never forget the smell. I reflexively touched the remains of what had once been fiber-glass in a couple places and the stench remained on my fingers through several washings that evening.

    On the way home I stopped by Walmart and bought 15 (all they had) of the largest fire-extinguishers they carried at the time and distributed in all my vehicles, house, and garage!

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  • lschuc
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    You can read more about Geoff's Avanti in Zambia and England in the new issue of Avanti Magazine #169, mailed last week (Thursday).

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