Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Many Years' Trip from South Bend to Perfect


I had just stopped for the light when this pretty little blue Avanti made a left in front of me and parked on the street behind me.  Now, normally I might have swung around the block to stop and get a better look, but it was cold and I was in a bit of a hurry.  Why would a man of my advanced years be in a hurry?  Waal, one never knows how long he has left.  But I digress.

I knew that the light was a 150 second wait from my position, so I grabbed the camera and snagged this shot.  Seems the lady on the sidewalk found the vehicle to be of interest, too.

11 comments:

Lin said...

That is a sweet ride! I wonder how it handles in the ice and snow? (Can you tell I am from the Midwest?! ;) )

Grace said...

I looked up Avanti - not only is it a very cool looking car but it was super speedy.

vanilla said...

Lin, I have never driven one, but with that 289 supercharged, it was one hot car. Stylish, too. (I had to learn how to drive in nasty conditions all over when we went from rear-wheel to front-wheel drive.)

Grace, speedy indeed. I believe it set several records at The Salt Flats.

Jim Grey said...

Even though I grew up in South Bend, I've never seen an Avanti on the street. Only ever in the Studebaker Museum.

vanilla said...

Jim, I have seen Avantis on the street occasionally. Since I did not get a good close-up look at this one, I have to wonder it it was one of the original five or six thousand or if it is a more recent copy build.

vanilla said...

Jim, I have seen Avantis on the street occasionally. Since I did not get a good close-up look at this one, I have to wonder it it was one of the original five or six thousand or if it is a more recent copy build.

Sharkbytes said...

I wouldn't have known what it was, except that it was different. Not much of a car person (much to middle son's distress)

Ilene said...

I remember investing in "stock" with this company. I made money too. I just wish it had been a real investment with real money.

vanilla said...

Ilene, one semester my eighth grade class and I ran an "Investment Company." Wish my investments over the years had done as well. Well, I'm blessed-- we're not broke.

vanilla said...

Sharkey, not everyone is that 'into' cars, and that's okay. In recent years they all look alike, anyway. I think.

Ilene said...

For some reason, I am thinking that you may have been the one who advised me to invest in Studebaker. If that is the case, it's too bad you didn't do that for real. I "made" quite a bit of money fake investing and selling at the end of 6 weeks, but I don't remember the dollar amounts.