Avanti converted to totally electric car. A 2013 Nissan Leaf was the donor vehicle. The unibody was converted to a framed vehicle and the one-piece Avanti fibreglass body placed on to the new chassis. Leaf motor/trans-axle, inverter, charger etc were used. The new vehicle is a 2013 Nissan Leaf with an Avanti body. The new car has the Leaf dash and all electronics. Heater/AC, navigation system instrument cluster etc are all Leaf. It retains the Leaf charging system with the 110v and 240v charging port in the Avanti gas filler space. It also has a 440v supercharger port under the hood for 80% charge in 30 minutes. Range is the same as a 2013 Nissan Leaf .. about 85 miles. I have auxiliary charging cords so I can charge with any 110v outlet or any 220 v outlet: recreational park plug, electric dryer plug, welder plug etc. The “new” vehicle drives exactly like a 2013 Nissan Leaf as all suspension and steering components are 2013 Leaf. So, of course, it has front wheel drive, Leaf electric steering, two calliper disc brakes etc. The battery is under the floorboards, as the Leaf, still easily removable from underneath.There is room for a full sized spare in the factory Avanti spare tire well, under the trunk ... accessed from the trunk. All LED lights, cruise control, horn, wipers etc controlled by the factory Nissan steering column switches. rear high-mount LED brake lights and signals. Bluetooth, CD . Heated seats and steering wheel. Proximity dongle start. Perfectly reliable and a great daily driver.
There are hundreds of sophisticated modifications too numerous to mention .. all done with precision and care. Just turned 20,000 miles on this virtually new car.
In 1963 Ian Fleming owned an Avanti (said it drove better than an Aston Martin DB7). So as an homage to the author of “James Bond” I have installed a smoke screen machine, flipping licence plates and machine guns which are hidden behind the front signal lights. All are controlled remotely so they can be operated form outside or inside the car. If you are interested I can send a video of these all operating. The machine guns are spectacular ! The front signal lenses pop up and machine gun barrels come out, just like 007's first car. A flip of a button and the licence plates change. Another button press and a smoke screen comes out the rear of the car (via a harmless commercial fog machine). These displays are great at a car show . . just stand back and operate them one by one.
The Glass is all perfect, the body has never been smashed, all chrome redone, paint was done in 2000. It looks good, but upon real close scrutiny you can see it is not show car paint, but that being said I took first place at the “World of Wheels” competition as “ The Most Innovative Vehicle”. The car is a big hit at any car show, always gathering a crowd. No one wants to look at a $150,000 Tesla, they want to see the “one of a kind” Electric Avanti.
The 1979 Avanti was originally a Hawaii car I bought from the original owner in 1997 and used it for years until I did the conversion in 2016. I will drive the Avanti to Pembina, North Dakota, where the new owner can pick it up, or (you can pick it up in at my home in Winnipeg, Canada) and/or I can assist with shipping to anywhere in North America. There will be no duty or excise taxes as the car is over 25 years old and an American car originally. Clean title is for 1979 Avanti.
I have spent over $90,000 doing the conversion but upcoming medical expenses dictate a sale. It was a tough decision between my 57 T-Bird and the Avanti. I have had the T-bird longer and my wife wants to keep it. My name is Lloyd Timlick, I’m 71 years old and can be reached at lloydandrhonda@hotmail.com or phone or text: 204-999-8259. I have many pictures during construction and an intimate knowledge of everything to do with the build of this one-of-a-kind vehicle. A first place plaque, show description poster and “build book”, with all pictures and details go with the sale.

Used Year: 1979
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): RQ-B-2887 Mileage: 20,032
Number of Cylinders: Electric motor Make: Avanti 100 % ELECTRIC
Transmission: direct drive electric Model: Conversion using Nissan Leaf donor car
Body Type: 2dr Engine: Electric
Vehicle Title: Clear Drive Type: electric
Options: CD Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof Safety Features: Anti-Lock Brakes
Exterior Color: Pink Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Windows
Interior Color: Black Fuel Type: electric