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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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There arent too many nameplates whose history includes as many twists and turns as the Avanti. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of Studebakers closure in the early 60s, Avanti went through no fewer than five different ownership arrangements during its lifetime, which resulted in cars that were stylish and distinctive, but hard to come by, as only a limited number were ever produced. The bona fide collectability of this 1988 Avanti Avanti II is substantial and it pairs with a rock solid running condition, so this unique ride is not only rarely available, but a very strong driver as well. The debut of this 88 marked the 25th anniversary of the Avantis introduction and the high impact red paint draped over its exterior represents the most sought after color of its era. Its a striking shade to be sure and is in presentable shape just as it is - the sheer visual distinction of an Avanti is enough to draw attention, anyway - though a comprehensive detail would elevate its look considerably. With its array of European styling cues, this is a car that wont be mistaken for any other on the road - the square headlights are recessed into a grille-less front end over a color matched bumper and the tapered tail is somewhat reminiscent of the Jensen Healeys from a decade earlier. The exterior alignment on the car remains nice and precise - it features contrasting black trim that encompasses most of the exterior and you can see how level it is as it stretches from fender to door to quarter panel before circling the back. The power white convertible top is in strong condition, rising into position without issue and sealing nicely to keep the elements out. Despite its open-air configuration making it vulnerable to UV exposure, this Avantis striking red interior is well-preserved and features plenty of style. The contoured, high backed buckets straddle a center console that offers welcome interior space and features a sharp burlwood accent that merges with the matching instrument panel, which also features an assortment of black rimmed gauges to provide an effective contrast. On both sides, the door panels look very solid, sitting flush against their frames and showing no discoloration, while the dash pad running the width of the cabin is free of any cracking - a welcome sight in a convertible thats more than 30 years old. A Sony AM/FM/Cassette stereo is on board to provide your audio soundtrack while on the road. While the Avantis unique design includes a fairly short deck lid, the trunk area makes up for it with its depth, so theres enough luggage space for weekend outings. The 305 cubic inch V8 sits inside a compartment thats been well serviced and remains in factory configuration. It wears a 4-barrel carb on top and teams with an automatic 2004r transmission whose overdrive gear brings engine-sparing low RPMs at highway speeds. The current owner has had this one of a kind car for more than 25 years and has provided all the upkeep needed to keep things in good mechanical condition, so the drivetrain is rock solid and ready to hit the road. With coil springs at all four corners, the ride is smooth and refined and the power brakes, featuring discs up front, bring reliable, fade-resistant stops. A set of 15 spoked wire wheels carrying BF Goodrich T/A radials adds just the right finishing touch. If youre looking for a truly distinctive vintage ride without having to compromise drivability, you need to see this 1988 Avanti Avanti II. Call today!
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