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#1783 of 2177 Re: Record price set for an R2 Avanti at Barrett-Jackson [jljac]
Jan 20, 2013 (7:32 am)
I knew that Dick Van Dyke had owned an Avanti, and a clip I've seen of him at Stan Laurel's funeral ('65 I believe) shows him climbing into a Jaguar XK-E.
I've said this before, but I wish they would've put the smallest emblem on the front fender of the R1 Avanti. My eyes are always drawn right there. I like the small 'Supercharged' emblems the R2's have there.
#1785 of 2177 Re: Record price set for an R2 Avanti at Barrett-Jackson [uplanderguy]
Jan 20, 2013 (10:54 am)
At least 50K into a restoration anyway, plus price of original car. It's not common for relatively affordable cars (five figures anyway) to make money in restoration.
The round lights remind me of owl's eyes, but the square lights remind me of 70s era cars.
#1786 of 2177 Re: Record price set for an R2 Avanti at Barrett-Jackson [uplanderguy]
Jan 20, 2013 (11:38 am)
"For a long time, I didn't like the square glass headlight covers of the '64 model or the woodgrain wheel and trim inside. . ."
I have changed my mind back and forth on whether I like round or square head light covers better. On one hand, the Avanti-X and reproductions seem to favor the round headlights, on the other hand, the square headlights had more influence on cars that came later, as shown by the example below:
#1787 of 2177 Re: Record price set for an R2 Avanti at Barrett-Jackson [jljac]
Jan 20, 2013 (12:27 pm)
That Merkur is more Ford of Europe influence and not so much domestic inspiration. Although the 1939 Mopars may have been the first big Detroit nameplates to do square headlights.
#1788 of 2177 Re: Record price set for an R2 Avanti at Barrett-Jackson [fintail]
Jan 20, 2013 (12:46 pm)
Richard Carpenter has a black '63 R2 Avanti. I like the Avanti in black but they are rarely seen. They made them for a while, then discontinued it and replaced the color with Avanti Grey (charcoal), and later reintroduced black as a $35 option (supposedly more work involved in getting a decent fiberglass finish in black). Mr. Carpenter's car is a fairly early specimen without the grille below the front bumper (but being black, hides it better than the lighter color cars IMHO):
#1789 of 2177 Re: Record price set for an R2 Avanti at Barrett-Jackson [omarman]
Jan 20, 2013 (1:37 pm)
I selected an image of a Ford-Mercury Merkur because it looks so much like an Avanti with the square headlights and no chrome grille in front. If the Merkur looks like some other car from the early 1960s, I would like to know what that car is. Maybe I should have chosen an image of a 1986 Buick Skyhawk (I wonder what might have inspired that name?).
If you go back far enough, you can find an early example of any type of design that somebody did, but few took notice and it did not catch on at the time. For example, the overhead camshaft engine was first used in an 1898 Wilkinson, so I guess we should all thank Mr. Wilkinson for that idea or we would now all be driving around in vehicles that have flathead, and/or OHV engines. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_automotive_superlatives
#1790 of 2177 Re: Record price set for an R2 Avanti at Barrett-Jackson [uplanderguy]
Jan 20, 2013 (7:36 pm)
I am not a big fan of black cars, as it is such a PITA to keep clean, and shows every flaw. Was there a nice light-medium blue for older Avantis?
#1791 of 2177 Re: Record price set for an R2 Avanti at Barrett-Jackson [fintail]
Jan 20, 2013 (8:50 pm)
Was there a nice light-medium blue for older Avantis?
I agree that black and dark blue cars are hard to keep clean. Ian Flemming ordered a black one and it took a lot of time to finish the paint and body. Dealers were discouraged from ordering them in that color.
The only blue for Avantis was the light aqua blue one shown in the earlier post for Avantis, but I like that color, and it was popular
After seeing that picture again, I am back to favoring the round headlights over the square ones.
#1792 of 2177 Re: Record price set for an R2 Avanti at Barrett-Jackson [jljac]
Jan 20, 2013 (9:03 pm)
Oh, that's perfect, that's what I would pick. Nice wide whites, too.