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#1071228 - 06/29/21 03:21 PM Re: Avanti Monte Carlo body? [Re: myeagley87]  
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Avanti history also mentions the need to install narrow offset wheels from a front wheel drive car to compensate for the wider track of the Caprice on the '88 and newer Avanti's.
Originally Posted by srvctec
OK, I've no clue what all this Avanti talk is about (go ahead and call me an idiot), have no recollection of hearing of it over the years and tried Googling for info on it and came up with nothing. Were they some kind of custom car shop or what?

Like I mentioned earlier, Avanti probably wanted to keep the use of Caprice/G-body running gear a closely guarded secret from Avanti buyers. No need to tell the owner he is only driving a Chevy. Probably the reason why there arent many photos or history in google about it. You aren't alone, I didn't know about it either.
Avanti's were assembled at the old Studebaker plant in South Bend Indiana.

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#1071240 - 06/30/21 02:09 AM Re: Avanti Monte Carlo body? [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Originally Posted by PB86SS/87LS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avanti_(car)


Some basic Avanti history, not many details on the Monte Carlo thing but it mentions it there, and that in 88' they used the Caprice instead after the Monte was no longer made.

If you Google images for 1987 Avanti you will see some links/pics, you can see the console lid and I'm pretty sure the shifter is also straight from the Monte. They even have 86-88 Monte side mirrors but not sure if those were taken off the donor vehicles or bought from a GM parts bin, maybe a different application too, the Caprice or f-body might of had a better match for the door angle, not sure.

Thanks for the info! I had no clue and at least now I know those were some UGLY cars, IMO. Heaven forbid they drove them in the country at night and needed the sides of the road lit up. It would be impossible with the headlights set so far behind those giant front "fins" or whatever they are called, to see anything off the side of the road. Really strange looking without a grill of some sort, as well.


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#1071244 - 06/30/21 07:25 AM Re: Avanti Monte Carlo body? [Re: myeagley87]  
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A few years ago I saw an ad of a Monte Carlo SS that was reported to be never titled. The photos showed a white Monte SS in the back of an auto repair shop covered in dust with what they say are the original assembly line window stickers from the factory. The ad said that the vehicle was destined for Avanti but did not make it there, probably due to the change to the B-body. I think these few Monte's that did not make it to Avanti may be worth serious cash in the future due to their history. What do you think?


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#1071249 - 06/30/21 02:17 PM Re: Avanti Monte Carlo body? [Re: myeagley87]  
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If they didn't make it to Avanti they should be like any other SS, so if it sat stored somewhere all depends on how it was stored/maintained. Not sure if it changes the value but would make it a little more interesting and would be uniquely optioned, since they all would be from that dealership and optioned the same way, basically no options except buckets/console, cruise/tilt, posi and the radio delete credit. Wonder how many others are out there. We did have a few threads on these over the years:

One member owns/owned a 87' Avanti: http://www.montecarloss.com/community/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=854499

Supposedly 166 Avanti's were built this way but some used the El Camino and some the LS possibly(maybe they wanted the highway gearing?). I've never seen an Avanti El Camino pop up yet, or an LS.

There was another thread here but I can't find it, the SS was a white/burgundy Avanti one, not sure if one Mike eventually bought but the owner at the time posted similar to the OP here just did.

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#1071259 - 06/30/21 08:01 PM Re: Avanti Monte Carlo body? [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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I forgot all about this 10 year old thread


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#1072128 - 09/30/21 02:07 PM Re: Avanti Monte Carlo body? [Re: myeagley87]  
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I own a 1987 Avanti Coupe that was made from the 1987 Monte Carlo SS. Avanti Motors used the original Studebaker frame and body with Chevrolet engines and transmissions from 1966 to 1985, when Chevrolet decided not to sell to them anymore.

Since the wheel base was the same as a Monte Carlo and the body is fiberglass, Avanti Motors redesigned the floor to mount to the Monte Carlo frame for the 1987 & 88 models, 1989 on used the Caprice frame.

Avanti's have their own VIN plates, but I was able to find the Chevrolet VIN on the transmission. I placed it in the Monte Carlo registry. If you look up the Chevrolet VIN it will show as a Incomplete chassis, same as the frames used for RV's etc.

Avanti Motors used the complete frame with steering, suspension, exhaust, brakes and running gear. Also used steering column, console lid, door seals, jack and tire iron.

The engine mounts on my 1987 Avanti are moved forward and only use two bolts, for some reason.

The stretched version of the Avanti Coupe used the El Camino chassis.

Hope this helps.


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