See Andy Granatelli at the top of his game, going fast and making headlines, in this 1962 factory film featuring the fabulous Studebaker Avanti at Bonneville.
In August of 1962, Andy Granatelli came to the Bonneville Salt Flats with three new Studebaker Avanti supercharged R3 models and an assignment: Make some exciting headlines for the South Bend-built sports car, introduced at the New York International Auto Show in April, only a few months earlier. And that he did, setting 29 new international speed records for production cars, including a flying kilometer at 168.24 mph and a 10-mile record average of 163.90 mph.
The three Avanti coupes Granatelli brought to the salt reportedly included a practice car, a back-up car, and the actual record car. Some Avanti experts (we’re not the experts by any means) say the red Avanti featured in this short Studebaker film was not the actual record setter, that the car that set the records was gold. If so, it wouldn’t be the first time the PR folks glossed over some details in the effort to tell a good story. But in any case, the film provides a wonderful glimpse of Bonneville in the 1960s, the beautiful Avanti at speed, and Andy Granatelli, 38 when this film was made and at the top of his game. Video below.