The Ford Avanti is a forgotten convertible based on the Mustang that never saw the light of day

In the early 2000s, retro design was all the rage and virtually every major American manufacturer used it on their cars. Some of the products of this trend included the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro, the Dodge Challenger, and the infamous Chrysler PT Cruiser. However, many may not be familiar with the Ford Avanti.

And for good reason, since only five prototypes were produced before the project was scrapped. The hope was that Ford would be able to revive the Avanti sports car produced by Studebaker in the 1960s, but that obviously did not happen. Now one of the five prototypes is for sale on eBay for $ 58,998, and it gives us an interesting glimpse into what Ford believed to be the modern interpretation of the classic sports car.

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The car was based on the Mustang of the day and as such features similar proportions. That being said, they did a good job with the overall styling, because with details like the protruding fenders, circular headlights, and the slick rear with narrow taillights, you can certainly tell which car they’re paying homage to – by assuming you ‘I’ve seen one before.

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Like the exterior, the interior is quite different from the original design, but there are still traces of the Mustang underneath. Things like the shape of the dashboard, air vents and trim have all been changed, but things like the seats, door cards, steering wheel, center console, and radio / air conditioning controls all remain the same as Ford’s beloved car pony. There’s also a cluster of white gauges along with new stitching and an Avanti badge in sunshine yellow to match the exterior, but we’d best consider these minor changes, and nothing that couldn’t be done otherwise to a normal Mustang.

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Finally, there’s the engine, which if you’ve ever spent time around an early 2000s Mustang GT, you’ll recognize it. Power is provided by Ford’s proven 4.6-liter V8, which in this car develops 260 hp (263 PS / 194 kW) and 302 lb-ft (409 Nm) of torque. This engine then sends its power to the rear wheels by means of an AOD four-speed automatic transmission.

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