Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of the automotive industry is the sheer amount of different makes and models that have existed at one time or another. And sure, you might be familiar with the major manufacturers, such as Ford, Chevy, Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz, but what about Excalibur? The decadent automobile, which lasted from 1964 to 1986, was highly sought after by many cultural icons, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Phyllis Diller. And, believe it or not, one of the final models to roll off of the assembly lines can be found at Sarasota Car Sales.
A Swan Song for a Unique Automobile
The vehicle in question is a 1986 Excalibur Phaeton. Manufactured in the same year pod the company’s discontinuation. Designed by Brooks Stevens, who at the time was employed by Studebaker as a consultant, the vehicle has a truly unique backstory regarding its powertrain. While Studebaker had previously been responsible for the engine, equipping the vehicle with 289 small block V-8. the 1986 model year would see the responsibility be handed to Chevy. Chevy, who was quite adept at high performance, provided a 327 V-8. Not only did this gift the Excalibur with 300 ponies of horsepower, but its top speed was now extended to 160 MPG. Course testing affirmed this new level of performance, as it took a mere five seconds to travel from 0-60 MPH.
A Style All its Own
The 1980s were a decade that was heavily associated with decadence and style. The 1986 Excalibur Phaeton possesses a large magnitude of style, but its presentation harkens back to the 1930s, a time period known for its raucous behavior and extravagance. Its lengthy hood and whitewall tires were certainly a throwback to the early days of the automotive industry. To this day, the vehicle is instantly recognizable, thanks to a spare tire that adorned the left-hand side. And, while the exterior certainly possessed a great deal of flash, the interior of the vehicle was a masterclass in refinement and sophistication. An elegant wood trim was the centerpiece and star attraction and elevated the overall elegance of the vehicle in question.
Own a Piece of Automotive history at Sarasota Auto Sales
If you’re looking for a vehicle with style and panache or know someone who’s in the market for a classic car, see the Excalibur Phaeton at Sarastoa Car Sales. For our inventory and services, visit our website or give us a call today at 941-925-7150.