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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 17th – 19th, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
This dashing and sexy vehicle is the Packard Roadster that “never was”. Imagined and planned for 20 years, the 1949 Packard Custom Eight (#2252), was finally completed in 2007 by Arizona expert Coachbuilder Von Rudolph as a tribute to the 1948-49 celebrated 22nd Series MotorCar redesign. 1949 was a special time for the Packard Motor Company, as it marked the “Golden Anniversary” in their 50th year.
This sporty “DreamCar” was the ultimate in luxury automobiles. In its 2nd year of production, Packard quite literally “found gold” with the new aerodynamically styled line of beauties. In 1948, the design won New York’s “Fashion Car of the Year” and Packard received worldwide praise for their new streamlined MotorCars.
The vision was to imagine persuading Packard to add a sleek, high cowled Roadster on special order for high end clients. Sparing no expense, metal and interior stylist, Von Rudolph restored the Packard with a focus on artistry. The Roadster features Packard’s original powerful and legendary “356” cu in, Straight 8 Engine with a 3 speed transmission that includes Overdrive.
Special features include an open cockpit, Rakish Cowl, custom Speedster Chrome windshield framing, removable (Conv/Carson-like) softop, a rumble seat, a gold plated dash, interior handles and horn ring. All of which compliment the luscious and expertly design “Von Rudolph” leather and cloth seating. The Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels and the artfully engineered 4 full wheel fender skirts (Packard called them shrouds). Two shrouds are custom-fit to the front wheels (for display and parade celebrations) with partial lower speed driving/handling ability.
Cruising with the Roadster, is sure to leave the crowds gasping in awe.
The elegant Packard is a touring and parade car extraordinaire. The retro prototype has unlimited show and concours potential, with a guarantee that you will never see another like it!