Packard never ever developed a pickup– if they had, perhaps they would certainly stay in business today– however that really did not deter the resourceful people at Speedwell Garage in Parkton, Maryland. The outcome is this custom-bodied conversion produced from a 1956 Packard Patrician car, and also it credibly pictures what may have been.
Today, the principle of a deluxe pick-up is securely developed as a feature-laden variation of a typical pick-up, however in the 1950 s, the budding concept of a costs hauler was various. Car manufacturers believed the means to do so was to incorporate the trip and also convenience of a passenger-car body with the cargo-hauling capacity supplied by a pick-up bed– assume 1957 Ford Ranchero and also 1959 Chevrolet El Camino. This El Packard-ero takes that very same tack.
What maintains the task securely in duration is that its designers withstood need to resto-mod this Packard. Given, they snuck in a back-up electronic camera and also a Vintage Air system, however this pick-up or else looks equally as ’56 Packard pick-up may have, had the manufacturing facility transformed them out.
The pick-up bed, with a refined timber flooring, slides nicely in between the car’s back fenders, and also the manufacturing facility taillights and also bumper-exiting twin exhaust electrical outlets are maintained. The car’s back doors likewise are maintained, and also they still open, offering accessibility to storage space below the freight bed. The two-tone copper-and-cream color design is definitely fittingly Fifties.
Under the hood, is a Packard 374- cubic-inch V8 coupled with the business’s two-speed, pushbutton-drive Twin-Ultramatic transmission. Also the wheels show up to not differ supply, color-matched steelies with full-face chrome wheel covers covered with wide-whitewall tires.
This Packard pick-up has actually been detailed at Electric motor City Classic Automobile at an asking rate of $68,500 however is currently set up to go across the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee, Florida, public auction this coming weekend break. The 1956 design year noted the last of the “real” Packards, as the ’57 and also ’58 designs were grotesquely restyled Studebakers, after which the brand name was euthanized. It was an unfavorable end to the brand name’s tale, to which this Packard pick-up includes a fascinating, albeit imaginary, phase.