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    Back in the 1950's Iwe used to see a cream-colored Packard Convertible Coupe like, or very similar to, the one in #16 out and about in South Bend, IN.

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    Then a neighbor had a current (at that time) sedan that when parked at the curb we would sit on the rear bumper so the adjustable suspension would correct for out weight. Growing up in the 1950's without video games, we were easily entertained.

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    New York City taxis in the 40/50's. Sorry, no pix
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    Come on! This is a boat forum damnit!


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    Too much talk, not enough pictures. I loves me them full-fendered 'thirties cars...





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    I'm with MMD: it's gotta have the fenders.

    The fire extinguisher being used as a wheel chock in the last photo has me concerned.

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    I started a Packard the other day...

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    Jeeze, Dave; those are wide fenders...
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    My paternal gramdfather was a "Packard Man" As a young boy I can remember riding in them, it seems like they were always two-tone gray, and deluxe inside. My maternal grandfather " The Artist" pointed out that you could spot a Packard a mile away because of the ogee on the radiator shell.
    I restored one about 40 years ago, a 1927 model it was purported to be Woodrow Wilson's car. A limo, probably built on a truck chassis (Packard made nice trucks too) this one had a big single-six cylinder engine with an aluminum block and seven main bearings. Even with the aluminum block it weighed about 750 lbs.
    About like this one


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    My paternal grandfather loved Packard cars, but during the Depression he could barely afford to keep a car. Finally, in late 1941 he bought a 120 sedan--just in time for Pearl Harbor. According to my father, the 120 spent the war years sitting on blocks in the garage. When my dad came home from overseas in 1945 the Packard was gone.

    After the war grandpa always drove a Buick, and the first car I remember him driving was a 1962 LeSabre sedan.

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    I can remember riding in these...
    Long trips in fact, either out to "The Cape" (on the maternal side there was a summer home in Chatham) or "home" to Maine for the summer. Long before the Interstate hwy system. In particular I remember a large plush carpet large enough to play on behind the drivers seat. And a braided rope across the back of the seat a matching blanket, and a large fold down arm-rest, tall enough to give me a view out the front window. (I was young!)


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    I REALLY like the orange on in #40.

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    Maybe if they'd kept building the #40 model, or any of the others with clamshell fenders, instead of the ones in #47, Packard would still be in biz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    Maybe if they'd kept building the #40 model, or any of the others with clamshell fenders, instead of the ones in #47, Packard would still be in biz.
    MG had the same issue. Didn't work out for them either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    Maybe if they'd kept building the #40 model, or any of the others with clamshell fenders, instead of the ones in #47, Packard would still be in biz.

    Those sexy fenders can be a problem. I can remember them getting so full of snow and ice that you couldn't steer the car. Had to stop, get out and knock it out of there. Meaning you had to keep a shovel and an ice scraper with you. And if it was mechanical brakes, well good luck when that stuff froze up. I can remember looking back at my tire tracks in the snow (I was often the first one out because I liked it) and seeing the tire tracks and the tracks from the running boards plowing through it all maybe a foot or more deep. Those tall narrow tires with chains are really good in snow. Of course it hardly snows any more... What's up with that?
    (In the winters long before I was old enough to drive, my father would put on the chains and tow about a half dozen neighborhood kids on skis behind the car. "Skijoring" he called it, my job was to get on the phone and ask which of my pals would go with me!)

    Some things really are better today; maybe not asethically, but functionally.

    edit; apologies for the drift!


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    1929, custom roadster




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    Post #52: Oh gods, I can't stop drooling...

    What is it, so that I know what to put on the top of my "when I win the lottery" list?

    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitsligo View Post
    Post #52: Oh gods, I can't stop drooling...

    What is it, so that I know what to put on the top of my "when I win the lottery" list?

    Alex
    It's a 1930 Packard Custom Speedster. It sold at auction awhile back for a pretty penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Jeff there's a V12 Packard Coupe in the weeds behind a barn just outside of Hell. Its been parked since at least before I was born. I asked the owner once if he'd sell it. Grumpy old man said, "Show me the money!"

    I've a photo of my grandfather driving a Packard V12 through the Redwoods en-route to Eureka. Classy.
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