Way back in the early 1960s, famed designer Raymond Leowy locked himself and his team in a rented house for five weeks with the intent of designing an exciting new sports coupe for Studebaker. The result was known as the Avanti, and it's often looked back upon as one of the most attractive automotive designs of the era. At least one competitor for the upcoming Progressive Automotive X-Prize must agree with that assessment, as the team from Enertia Motors is using one of the old fiberglass-bodies
Old classic cars can fetch a lot of money at auctions and most have a lot more style and character than modern cars. However, that style often comes at the price of driveability. Modern electronic engine controls have eliminated such quaint features as manual chokes, vapor lock, flooded carburetors, dysfunctional drum brakes and more.