From Ed — The Avanti Owners Association International volition live on coming together on Saturday, September 7, at the Marriott at the University of Dayton. The topic of the run across is “Studebaker’s Operation Airlift” — the advertisement for the launch of the Avanti which I was vaguely identify unit of measurement with. Two Avanti’s were ferried cross-country inwards a C82-A Fairchild Packet airplane landing at airports inwards 26 cities. The airplane landed hither inwards Dayton to innovate Cincinnati Zone dealers to the Avanti.
Can yous imagine how expensive it would stimulate got been, fifty-fifty dorsum then, to create that form of marketing?
And hence reminiscence from Studebaker historian Bob Ebert –
“In 1962 my Dad had a 1962 Studebaker Lark purchased from Koepke Motors inwards Lakewood, Ohio. Harold Koepke together with his married adult woman were members f our church building together with nosotros knew them well. One morning, I believe it was inwards May 1962, my Dad called me inwards my dorm room at Baldwin-Wallace College together with said Koepke had only called him together with offered tickets for us to become consider the Avanti beingness flown into Cleveland Airport for a dealer showing. Dad asked if I wanted to go. You tin estimate my response. The attached photos are rattling primitive – taken amongst my Mom’s inexpensive Brownie camera. But, they laissez passer on an persuasion of what the result was like. To this day, it remains i of the high points of my automotive life.”