Custom ’36 Packard is America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

A Packard named the 'Mulholland Speedster' was picked at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show | AMBR photos
A Packard named the ‘Mulholland Speedster’ was picked at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show | AMBR photos

Low and long, and emulating the great coachbuilt cars of the 1930s, a custom 1936 Packard called the “Mulholland Speedster” was selected as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

The winning Packard special, built by Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods and owned by Bruce Wanta, was selected at the culmination of the three-day show that featured more than 1,000 hand-built street rods and custom cars. More than 40,000 people attended the show. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1939 Packard 1708 Limousine

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1939 Packard 1708 Limousine

Being at SEMA, I’ve seen a lot of interesting creations, most of them intricate and interesting to look at, but at times they can feel overwhelming. Sure, SEMA is about the aftermarket which means a lot of mods and restoration components, but sometimes it’s good to just step back and appreciate the beauty of the original car without so many visual distractions.

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Pick of the Day: 1953 Packard Cavalier

Packard produced its Cavalier model for only three years
Packard produced its Cavalier model for only three years

Pick of the Day is a 1953 Packard Cavalier offered with only 71,831 miles since new, and with its exterior in original condition.

“During the mid-1950s, Packard needed to reinforce its identity as a premium luxury car manufacturer in the face of challenges from the Big Three,” the private seller from Trabuco Canyon, California, writes in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com. “With the ever newer car designs of the decade, the visual distinctions that had defined Packard were disappearing, interior luxury and performance were harder to express, and Packard management was regretting its decision to produce the entry-level Clipper series. Continue reading

Fire razes building used by America’s Packard Museum; classic cars, artifacts, equipment destroyed

Part of the destruction after the fire at the America’s Packard Museum facility | Jim Noelker/WHIO TV
Part of the destruction after the fire at the America’s Packard Museum facility | Jim Noelker/WHIO TV

A devastating fire destroyed a warehouse used by America’s Packard Museum near Dayton, Ohio, consuming a number of classic cars, irreplaceable parts and artifacts, and restoration facilities. The building is separate from the museum itself, which is located in the city of Dayton. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1958 Packard coupe

1958 Packard coupe has been owned by the same family since new
1958 Packard coupe has been owned by the same family for 45 years

The 1958 model year was the last for Packard and the seller of our Pick of the Day notes that only 675 of these coupes were produced.

According to the seller, who placed an advertisement for the car on ClassicCars.com, this 1958 Packard coupe is from South Dakota and is all original except for its 289 cid engine, which came from a 1964 Studebaker Lark. Continue reading

Classic Profile: 1928 Packard 443 custom roadster

Hollywood actor Richard Dix poses with the Packard in front of a movie facade | Courtesy of the author
Hollywood actor Richard Dix poses with the rakish Packard in front of a movie facade | Courtesy of the author

From the beginning, the stars born of the Hollywood movie industry have wanted to be seen in the best cars available. Richard Dix, seen here posing with a 1928 Packard 443 custom eight roadster, was just such a leading man.

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Coachbuilt beauties offered at Gooding auction in Pebble Beach

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT was a one-off design by acclaimed stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro | Gooding photos
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT was a one-off design by acclaimed stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro | Gooding photos

Two of the greatest and most-evocative examples of custom coachwork, one a pre-war American classic and the other a famous Italian beauty, will cross the auction block during Gooding & Company’s annual sale August 15 and 16 adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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1934 Packard takes best of show at Forest Grove

2015 Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance
2015 Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance Best of show 1934 Packard | Forest Grove Concours Photo

A 1934 Packard dual-cowl sport phaeton owned by Larry Nannini of Colma, California, was awarded Best In Show at the 2015 Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance on the campus of Pacific Universiry in Forest Grove, Oregon, 25 miles west of Portland.

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Packard, Cisitalia takes best of honors at Greenwich

1935 Packard 1201 convertible wins best of show among American cars at Greenwich | Andy Reid photos 1935 Packard 1201 convertible wins best of show among American cars at Greenwich | Andy Reid photos

This year marked the 20th anniversary for the Greenwich Concours and event founder Bruce Wennerstrom was on hand all weekend to help usher in his baby’s next decade. The classic car hobby owes him a debt of gratitude for starting this event and keeping it going for these many years. It is the only concours of its stature in New England. Continue reading

Classic Profile: Derham Body Company, last coachbuilder of the classic era

This 12-cylinder 1936 Pierce-Arrow was custom-bodied by Derham | Photos courtesy of the author
This 12-cylinder 1936 Pierce-Arrow was custom-bodied by Derham | Photos courtesy of the author

The Derham Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania extended far past the life of most other American coachworks companies, surviving two world wars and the Great Depression. Continue reading