For this artsy Saturday I give you the Avanti. It was a radical design by the Studebaker car company in the 1960s. I am a car guy and I am proud to have one in my collection. My 1/32nd scale model collection that is. 🙂 This real one was found in the Auburn Auto Museum in Ft. Wayne Indiana a few years ago.
I know a good portion of my readership are seniors like me. So, I imagine that they know what the title is all about. But for my younger readers, Studebaker was one of the few carriage makers who successfully transformed into an automobile maker in the early 1900s. It seemed that most of them just wanted to throw an engine on the carriages in place of horses. 😎
Studebaker was located in the rather small town of South Bend Indiana from 1852 until 1967. Many of their cars have become fashionable icons since those days. Even in the 1960s when they weren’t popular I thought the Studebaker Avanti was about the coolest car around.
To celebrate their history I give you another rather extended review of the museum still located in South Bend. For all you folks with SLOOW Internet speeds please forgive me as to how long this post will take to load.
Oh, by the way, if you don’t know it South Bend is also home of the fighting Irish, otherwise known as Notre Dame. So don’t try to visit the museum on a football weekend.
I had been in South Bend Indiana a couple of times in the past few years before I realized that it was the home of Studebaker car manufacturing. So, I thought it was worth another trip to that city. It was the last trip I took for the 2017 season.
While Studebaker was never considered a mainstream car it was a well made and totally Hoosier. The Avanti model has gotten quite a calling now and is sought out by many collectors.
To me certain things are necessary to call something beautiful. Most often they are form, symmetry, and color. Just the right combinations of these three almost always result in something being beautiful. To add the adjective “creative” to the beautiful tag means something that didn’t exist prior to the beautiful thing. Most often that is a man-made creation.
Being a car guy the picture below is one of those objects. I was not enthusiastic about the Avanti line when it was created in the 1950s by Studebaker or when it was resurrected by the Avanti Car Company in 1963. But I have come to appreciate the creative beauty of these cars since then, especially the orange one below found in the Auburn Museum in Ft. Wayne Indiana.