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In an article in the February 1956 issue of Car Life magazine, Schmidt said, “The Packard Projector is a portrait of styling philosophy. Add in the Gilmore Museum, near Kalamazoo, and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, in Auburn, and you can make a car museum vacation out of it.

It is where the Dodge Viper is currently built, but not for long. Detroit’s Creative Industries, fabricators of many of the Motor City’s concept vehicles, was brought in to fix the wiring issues. The test run of the first Packard automobile was on November 6, 1899 in Warren, Ohio. Almost, as the torsion bars in Packard’s trick suspension were sagging from all that weight, so a set of adjustable inflatable air-shocks were added. Little was needed in terms of restoring mechanical components.

The test run of the first Packard automobile was on November 6, 1899 in Warren, Ohio. 1-800-288-5844, The New Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Is Not What You Imagined. On January 2, 2014, Fernando Peruvian became the new owner of the historic Packard factory building. I was looking forward to this year’s show in part because I’d get to see the Packard Predictor, the 2020 show’s poster car, in motion. While Packard was struggling financially, it was committed to the Predictor project, eventually spending $70,000 on it (about 10 times that much in 2020 dollars), so money wasn’t an issue. Packard made it out of the 1930s by introducing a line of less expensive cars, and while some Packard purists insist that tainted the brand, dooming it, the fact is the “junior” Packards and Clipper that followed likely made it possible for the brand to make it into the ’50s. In the late 1980s, the Museum had the Predictor sensitively restored by Packard specialists LaVine Restorations of Nappanee, Indiana.

In an article in the February 1956 issue of Car Life magazine, Schmidt said, “The Packard Projector is a portrait of styling philosophy. I haven’t yet been able to find out the reason for the name change, but coincidentally Dick Teague wanted to call it the Javelin, a name he would go on to use at AMC. The last Packard that never was: Dick Teague’s Predictor.

The June 25, 1956 date marks the last Packards made in Detroit, MI at the Conner Avenue plant that Studebaker-Packard had been leasing from Chrysler since the latter bought Packard’s bodymaker Briggs in 1954. LaVine refilled the fluids and fuel, and the Predictor started right up and ran, or rather jogged, considering its mass. Get 24/7 access to in-depth, authoritative coverage of the auto industry from a global team of reporters and editors covering the news that’s vital to your business. At the urging of some investors, Packard moved its headquarters from Warren, Ohio, to Detroit in 1903. On February 9, 1942, Packard became part of the war time effort. Leno's 1955 Packard Caribbean is an unrestored, all-original car he bought in the '80s, and one of the just 500 built for 1955.

With the introduction of the Twin Six in 1916, packed with a V-12 engine, Packard became America's leading luxury-car maker.
Many of its features are on present Packard models, and those not of the present are in every case practical and under serious study for production models.” Projector? Packard's slogan: the famously enigmatic, "Ask the Man Who Owns One.". Curtiss-Wright shifted Packard’s government contracts to its own defense companies, closed the remaining Packard factory, and for a couple of years tried to sell piscine-looking monstrosities as Packards, although they were really Studebakers with very badly executed face lifts. I haven’t yet been able to find out the reason for the name change, but coincidentally Dick Teague wanted to call it the Javelin, a name he would go on to use at AMC.

Additional controls were located in an overhead console as well. Push-button operation was big in the ’50s. Vo... 2017 Corvette Showdown: Stingray vs. Grand Sport vs. Z06. In many ways it’s a special car show, not the least of which is the fact that you get to see many of the cars actually being driven as they go up and down the quarter-mile-long driveway to the reviewing stand in front of the estate’s Tudor mansion. Apparently, to get the seats to swivel meant dispensing with adjustable seat tracks so the Predictor is a bit uncomfortable to drive if you’re very tall or very short. “The electrical system … was an absolute mess. Packard was deeply committed to defense production. Just before the concept’s introduction, the name was changed to Predictor. For more information, see our Privacy Policy. ISSN 1557-7686 (online), Fixed Ops Journal Is Volkswagen going to follow the same route? How the Paris auto show is going on without visitors, Normal sales levels two years away, says Audi CEO, Dealers seek flexibility on facilities as pandemic alters consumer behavior, Good times come back in China as sales return, Recovery in used-vehicle demand continues, Velodyne Lidar lands 3-year sensor supply contract for Baidu, Dongfeng to raise 21 billion yuan for advanced tech, electrification push, Girsky praises Nikola's IPO alternative, bullish on rebound, Industrial Midwest falls short in venture capital funding, Uber offers more than $1B to buy Daimler, BMW's Free Now, report says, Ford's AV commercial services to launch with Escape hybrids, Israeli companies demo automated lane-keeping system, Mercedes adds AMG, Maybach EVs to meet emissions targets, Tax evasion storm swirls around Reynolds CEO, How Brockman rose to power in auto retailing, Acura pushes upmarket with performance-focused redesigns, With International, VW could get instant credibility in SUV, pickup segments, Why the new FCA-PSA board merits a closer look, Polestar boss's epic perseverance rewarded, October 20, 2020 | GM goes big with its new EV, October 13, 2020 | Shuman sale is a sign of the times, October 6, 2020 | Ford’s Farley could be perfect leader at perfect time.
Call us now 24/7! The Packard Motor Car Company started its journey in the late 1800s with Warren Packard, James Ward Packard, and William Doud Packard. The production Caribbean was based on the 1952 Pan American, styled by Richard Arbib, and Dick Teague’s 1953 Balboa had a reverse slant rear window that may have been borrowed by Lincoln and Mercury stylists later in that decade.

Packard-branded cars would continue to scrape by for three more years, fully in the wraps of the company now known as Studebaker-Packard, built in South Bend, Indiana, and amounting to nothing more than rebadges. The Predictor was first introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in early 1956, and in a year that many now-legendary concept cars were introduced, the idea car was an unqualified hit. Choose your news – we will deliver. I’m personally a fan of the last real Packards, particularly the ’56 Patrician. Out with the old, and all that, and yet still clinging onto the past. The, ahem, concept of building forward-looking one-off  prototypes that could be displayed to the public in order to sell more mundane production vehicles goes back a long way. In terms of aesthetics, Teague eschewed the literal pounds of chrome that typically adorned luxury automobiles in the 1950s, though the Predictor still has fairly massive chrome-plated bumpers and a wide brush-finished aluminum or stainless-steel belt circles the front two-thirds of the car. It's always sad when a carmaker dies, and we never wish for that to happen. By show-car criteria, the Predictor was a huge hit. Ask the Man Who Owns One! You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, Pete Brock's V-8-powered VW Bus Is up for, The Diablo SV Is a Poster Car Worth Driving, 27 Most Fun Used Cars You Can Buy for Under $5000, 28 Fun Sports Cars That Are Surprisingly Cheap, Tactical Watches We Like at Various Price Points, Fast and Furious 9 Has Already Been Delayed Again, 16 Tools to Get You Started Working on Your Car. You can unsubscribe at any time through links in these emails.

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