Plenty of eye candy in here! Anyone out here on the other coast ought to try to make it down for the annual Packards International show held each January in Orange, CA.
My favorites so far are the blue '34 streamliner and the following example (the split windshield really does set that design off!):
The famous industrial (and automotive) designer, Raymond Loewy, capitalized on streamlining in his work during the thirties. One wouldn't link aerodynamics with pencil sharpeners immediately, but somehow Loewy brought the two together to fine effect in 1933. Just one of the hundreds of streamlined products of the time:
Barry, this is great. I'm getting an online education in something I've always been curious about.
Not the same as the real thing, obviously, but very helpful nonetheless.
If you've seen one Packard... well, you definitely haven't seen them all
The photographer in me wants to know what you were shooting the pics with and whether you were using any filters. Looks like somewhat difficult shooting in strong sunlight but that's when the show is happening and you probably shoot when you can.
And you have shot an awful lot of Packards. Thanks!
Love the red.
Originally Posted by cartalk
The picture made me remember the one time I was privileged to ride in a car with a rumble seat. It was a 1932 Chevrolet coupe that belonged to our neighborhood mailman, in the early seventies. The coolest part of that ride was when the owner's wife rolled down the rear window, and we could talk back and forth with them inside the car. Rumble seats are a bitch to get into and out of, but oh what fun to ride in!
Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles 2008
Recognize this guy? He always has a beautiful, scantily clad, young woman on his arm.
I just realized that I didn't take these pictures as I kept seeing myself as I looked for Packards. My friend Glenn took them. You may note that we have a different perspective.
Wonderful and compelling shot, Barry.
You've really catalogued a mountain of cars and it seems to extend well beyond the Packard realm.
I've always loved that era of Buick convertibles as well.
Nice to see your archival work come thru in this thread.
Nice observation about the blind car show judge.
Someone earlier mentioned how they enjoyed the way a certain split windshield looked on a Packard model. It was a design by Ray Dietrich, and I too always notice his designs because of the particular and unique way he designed the windshields on his cars, with that distinctive V-shape and the larger glass area that's surrounded by a very thin border of chrome. Here is another Dietrich Packard coupe. It's stunning, and all the moreso because of that beautiful and unique windshield treatment:
Barry, have you ever come across this car at a show? It's not an "original" vintage Packard in the sense that it was created in its era, but rather, a beautifully and faithfully executed customized 1951 Packard-based creation known as the "Dolphin". It was built IIRC in the nineties or early '00s by a designer named Peter Portugal, and is his beautiful conception of what a Pininfarina Packard from the early fifties might have looked like if it had been constructed. I think it's stunning, and shows not a sign anywhere of being from the modern era:
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I am wondering, though, if the name "Dolphin", though applies to the car pictured above or is more referring to this other Peter Portugal vehicle below.
(the one you showed actually looks a heck of a lot more like a dolphin than the woody creation, but the web seems to call the lower one that playful mammal.)
I'm unsure of the correct car to call "Dolphin" too. Portugal's webpage doesn't really make it clear, but both cars are very well-done. Speaking of wooden Packards, here are two pretty notable ones. The first is a 1941 One-Eighty station wagon with a very special custom body. These '41 Packards were, btw, the very first automobiles to have factory air-conditioning available as an option.
My favorite Packard woody is the postwar "pregnant elephant" 1948 wagons. The woodwork relieves these rather "fat" looking cars of some of their portliness, IMO, and they even look kind of sleek and sexy, at least from the rear. The first "sport wagon"?
I don't know, Larry. Some of the views of the wood '48 wagon look nice enough
But that pregnant elephant doesn't really quite get there by adding some grain to the body.
Kinda looks like a piece of lumber that someone went crazy with using a rather wide router attachment.
But opinions do vary
I take that back. Once you close the lid on the dark colored one you pictured, it actually seems to pull it off well enough. (and put back on the fender skirts which were lacking in the green one)
Originally Posted by Barry2952
Listed as a 1952 Packard Pinin Farina Coupe
(or as a '51 Packard Concept Car Pininfarina GT style
Earned the Best 1946-1954 American Closed Car Award at the Greenwich Concours 2005 by Peter Portugal)
Nice and low down.
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Originally Posted by Billy KeltonOriginally Posted by Tom Cotter