1948 Packard Convertible

About 18 years ago, I went to Florida to visit my grandparents. While we were down there, my dad and I escaped from the rest of the family for a bit, and found ourselves at a local junkyard. I remember very little about that day, except for a glorious pair of convertible Packards that we found. When we first entered the yard, we exchanged pleasantries with the yard owner and wander through the dusty gates. Sitting right before us were two 1948 Packard convertibles that looked like the had been off the road for quite a while, but probably not at that junkyard for long. They weren’t in bad shape overall, and had beautifully patina. Back then, patina would have been removed immediately. These days it would have commanded top dollar. Sadly, we had zero room for a set of gigantic Packards in our driveway back up in Massachusetts. So, much to my chagrin, we left them behind. Since that day, there has always been a spot in the back of my mind, yearning for one.

Today on eBay is exactly that, a 1948 Packard 2 door convertible. It actually looks extremely similar to the mental image of them that is branded in my mind, though a little worse for wear. This one is for sale for $6500, and looks surprisingly solid. If it were mine, I would drop a good running engine in it, some nice brakes, a decent bench seat, a new windshield, and drive the heck out of it.  What can I say, I just love that barn woods-fresh look.

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Gable: Simply The Most Beautiful 1941 Packard.

John D’Agostino has built so many beautiful Kustom Kars that it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite.  Most of them wear his unmistakable candy blended paint, and seemingly impossible smoothness.  You can stare at his cars for hours wondering what exactly he has changed with each one, but it is nearly impossible to detect. In my mind, that is what separates the good customs from from great customs. When he completes a car, the car is no longer just a car, it really become a rolling work of art.

This 1941 Packard, known as “Gable”,  is one of my favorites because….. well … look at it. If this Packard were to be parked next to a new Ferrari and Bugatti, the Ferrari would immediately burst into flames, and the Bugatti would drive itself into a lake.  They would both feel too inadequate parked next to such burgundy brilliance.  This Packard has the perfect stance, flawless paint that is as rich as rich gets, and nearly undetectable customization.  There is just no denying it, I would look good in this car.

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