This 2004 Avanti Is A Lesser-Known Mustang-Based Failure

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Even the car itself looks saddened by its existence.

Back in the early 2000s, retro was all the rage. Volkswagen introduced the new Beetle, BMW did the Z8, and Mini introduced an all-new Cooper.

Ford also wanted in on the game and played around with a few designs. One of them was the Avanti, a modern interpretation of the Studebaker Avanti. It would not make it into production for obvious reasons.

Ford eventually settled on another old-school design dragged into the modern century by introducing the 2005 fifth-generation Mustang.

The updated Avanti design didn't go to waste, however. Avanti Motors bought the copyright to the design and made five. In 2006, the company owner was arrested for running a Ponzi scheme, and it went bust.

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You can now own a piece of history mixed with criminal activity. It's almost like a more hardcore version of a DeLorean. Introduced at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show, the idea behind the Avanti was the design, which is, to be frank, deeply unpleasant to look at. We like the side profile and the rear, but the front end is the polar opposite of an NA Mazda Miata's friendly face. This thing has the face of a man undergoing his first-ever prostate exam. Surprised, but not in a good way.

Avanti gave owners the option of choosing between a Ford or GM platform, but this particular example is Ford-based and the first one to be produced. As you can see, the interior still has many Mustang features. However, Avanti added high-quality materials like stitched leather on the dashboard, a premium sound system, and yellow stitching.

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Underneath it was powered by Ford's famous 4.6-liter V8 producing 260 horsepower mated to an AOD four-speed automatic with overdrive. It's properly old-school, with all of the power going to the rear wheels only. This particular example has just 2,530 miles on the clock. The car was also kept in Texas in a garage, so it's spotless underneath.

While it is an exciting piece of history, the current owner wants $59,000 for it, according to the eBay listing. You could get into a brand-new Mustang Mach 1 for less. Even a low-mileage Shelby GT350 costs a lot less, and you don't have to drive around in something resembling a confused blobfish. Sadly, even though it comes close, this is by no means the ugliest Mustang-based car we've ever seen.

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