This Week on Hagerty Marketplace: A Sensuous Studebaker, a Neat Nova, a True-Blue E-Type

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Welcome to This Week on Hagerty Marketplace, a recurring recap of the previous week’s most noteworthy cars and significant sales from the Hagerty Marketplace online auctions.

How do you take your horsepower–American or British? This varied trio of collectible cars check a lot of boxes for enthusiasts.

1964 Studebaker Avanti

1964 Studebake Avanti Three quarter Hagerty Marketplace
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Sold for $38,788

One of the cars offered from the Studebaker-centric Dr. Karl Peace & Georgia Southern University Car Collection, the lovely Avanti was styled in just 40 days by esteemed industrial designer Raymond Loewy and his team in 1962. Loewy was responsible for the look of everything from the Shell gas logo, to Coca-Cola vending machines, to the livery of Air Force One. The Avanti was essentially a Hail-Mary effort by Studebaker to compete with Ford, GM and Chrysler for attention, and while the reception was quite positive, the company went dark in 1966.

Just 4,643 copies of the fiberglass-bodied four-seater were built, making it a true collectible. This example is a 1964 model, likely one of the first ones built, as early 1964’s had round headlight frames instead the rectangular ones found in most ‘64s. It’s powered by a 240-horsepower, 289-cubic-inch V-8 with the coveted four-speed manual transmission. Since it as been in storage as part of the collection, it will take some work to bring it back to pristine condition, but once that is completed, the new owner will have one of what we consider to be the most gorgeous American luxury sports cars ever built.

1968 Jaguar E-Type 2+2

1968 Jaguar E Type 2+2 Hagerty Marketplace
Hagerty Marketplace

Sold for $51,895

Speaking of gorgeous, here’s a Jaguar E-Type, which Enzo Ferrari reportedly called “the most beautiful car ever made.” The E-Type, or the XK-E as U.S. customers came to know it, had a long life, being built from 1961 to 1974. This car is a 1968 model, and comes with a numbers-matching 4.2-liter straight-six engine with 245 horsepower, coupled to a four-speed manual transmission. It’s a 2+2, meaning it has the compact rear seat that folds down for additional space in the rear. The optional 15-inch knockoff wire wheels set the car off with a proper British profile. To be able to buy a well-cared-for classic like this for just over $50,000—sign us up.

1971 Chevrolet Nova SS

Hagerty Marketplace

Sold for $34,775

How about a little all-American, Detroit-built muscle? The Chevy Nova was long waiting in the shadows of its stablemates, the Corvette and the Camaro, but performance versions of the Nova have truly come into their own as legitimate collectibles. This 1971 Nova SS is powered by a 350-cubic-inch V-8 backed by a Muncie M20 four-speed manual transmission. While the engine was rated at 270 gross horsepower, it’s likely this car makes more than that, judging from the Hooker headers, Flowmaster dual exhaust, and a Winters intake manifold with a Holley double-pumper carburetor. The last owner, who had the Nova SS for nine years, believes the displayed mileage of 81,640 is correct, and it seems likely there are plenty of enjoyable miles left in this pampered car.

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    Enzo Ferrari called the two seat E-Type coupe the most beautiful car ever made. The four seater looks fat and pregnant and worth about 1/3 the cost of restoring one.

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