Ask the man who owns it

That would be Roy Gullickson, who purchased the rights to the Packard name back in 1995 and has been trying to sell out for the last year or so.

Packard prototype

Apparently at some point this prototype was built, and while it dutifully employs Packard styling cues, most of them are from the 1948-1952 “pregnant elephant” period, which is, I think, somewhat counterproductive. The engineering in those days was solid — while it’s not actually true that the old Rolls-Royce/Bentley V8 was based on a Packard design, the straight eight first installed in 1929 models managed to stay in production into the 1950s — but a hand-built luxobarge, first and foremost, has to be gorgeous, and this ain’t.





2 comments

  1. McGehee »

    7 August 2008 · 10:16 pm

    Looks like a cross between a Jaguar and a Lincoln to me, yet different enough from either that some might go for it just for the “What the **** is that?” factor.

  2. McGehee »

    7 August 2008 · 10:19 pm

    Then again, Dan Roth’s description of it as looking like “a Chinese Bentley knockoff” seems apt as well. I wonder how many people have bought one of those just for the “What the **** is that?” factor.

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