Thom Gipe is the owner of this Avanti beauty. Thom is a Stude devotee and former editor of the award winning Avanti Arrow, a regional publication for St. Louis and Illinois Avanti enthusiasts. He brought his ’83 Avanti to us for clean up bodywork...it had factory panel wobble, bad enough you could use it as a washbboard to clean clothes. We painted it in Sterling Silver Blue, a great pairing with the Eagle Ottawa blue leather interior. It has those sporty Recaro seats, a Nardi wood steering wheel, moonroof and full power options with early '83 chrome bumpers. This flashy girl is a head turner!
The car was in basic good shape as Thom had done a quite a lot of work on it, including putting in stainless steel hog troughs. Brad evened out the factory body wobbles, reset doors, hood and trunk gaps…did general body work before it went into the paint booth.