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    Arnold Altman dies at 88
    Businessman's company built Avanti autos after Studebaker quit.

    By ERIN MILLER
    Tribune Staff Writer

    SOUTH BEND -- Arnold "Arry" Altman, South Bend businessman who helped prolong the production of the Avanti automobile for two decades after the end of production by the Studebaker Corp. in 1963, died of lung cancer Saturday. He was 88.

    Altman, with his brother, Nate Altman, and Leo Newman, founded Avanti Motor Corp. in 1965. They sold the company in 1982.

    "They loved the car, the looks, the power," Altman's wife, Lillian Altman, said in a telephone interview. "They still haven't gone out of style."

    Lillian Altman said her husband, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, loved his hometown.

    South Bend Common Council member Al Kirsits, a friend of Altman's son, Jonathan Altman, recalled Arnold Altman as a generous man who gave many young workers a start with a first job at Avanti Motor Corp.

    "He knew how to build an automobile and keep it running," Kirsits said.

    Jonathan Altman also said his father taught him "very important life lessons."

    "He touched a lot of people in many different ways," Jonathan Altman said.

    Arnold Altman is also survived by a second son, Daniel Altman. Arnold Altman was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served four years in the Pacific during World War II.

    Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. today in the McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, 435 S. Ironwood Road.

    Staff writer Erin Miller:

    emiller@sbtinfo.com

    (574) 235-6553



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    Mark Anderson
    1965 Cruiser
    http://home.alltel.net/anderm


  • #2
    I always had the impression that Arnold Altman stayed in the background on purpose and his brother Nate and Leo Newman were the "up front" guys. Nevertheless, the three of them helped preserve what has become an icon in American automobile history. And I don't use the word icon loosely.
    Rest in peace.
    Rog
    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
    Smithtown,NY
    Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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