Continuing in our look at how a hypothetical Studebaker showroom could have looked like in 1967, a year after Studebaker’s deminse, this is the second of two Studebaker sedan prototypes based on the Avanti’s styling, designed by Raymond Loewy and his studio and fabricated by Pichon-Parat in France. The fastback sedan has a slightly different front fascia treatment than the notchback, though there is a familial resemblance. Like the notchback concept, the prototype was fabricated as a two door on one side and a four door and the other, to avoid having to make two separate examples of each body style. Because of the fastback roofline, this one looks a bit more like the original Avanti with its sharply sloping back window. Actually, Loewy and his team wanted it to be a true fastback, but the conservative management at Studebaker wanted somewhat of a conventional trunklid, resulting in a design that’s nice from some angles and awkward from others.
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