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Re: Ike's Staff Car
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There are continued references to a supposed General MacArthur Packard. But in the 1970s, a member of SAH debunked so many claims about this car–including the mystery figure it supposedly came from. Yet the Packard continues to be labeled as Mac's car. I do know that MacArthur actually preferred Cadillacs and I also know that at least one of his cars during WW2 in the Pacific Theater was a Cadillac with license USA-1. His wife's car was also a Cadillac with license USA-2.

According to the SAH member, the ship that was claimed to have brought the "MacArthur Packard" back from the Philippines to the USA was actually sunk during WW2 off of Luzon! So that would have been a neat trick.

One photo I see recently shows MacArthur standing near a Packard, but that Packard has a front insignia for a 2-star General (on the bumper)... which obviously was not Mac. The fender flag has more stars, but this merely means that the car was assigned to a 2-star general, but was presently carrying a higher ranking general (this could have been just for that day).

Anyway, the "MacArthur Packard" still holds many questions that remain unresolved.

Posted on: 2019/11/20 9:29
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Re: VIN verifications in California
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Don may be able to give more specific details but I think you will be out of luck getting anything from the state which would be about the only way to track ownership. Without state records, the only way to trace previous owners will be if you have word of mouth or some kind of unofficial paper trail from somewhere else. Unknown if anyone has any of the dealership records from that specific dealer but I expect those would only provide the first owner.

As to the state, California drops vehicles out of the system if they have not been continually registered for, I think, 5 years. If it has been longer than that since being registered in Calif there will be no records. Even if the car is still in the system, due to an actress being stalked and murdered a few years ago by someone who found her address thru DMV, after that happened there was a state law enacted that prohibits DMV from sharing any info with someone other than need to know law enforcement thru a special computer hookup or a warrant.


Yes, exactly right. State of California has too many cars to keep up with. They drop out of the system after so many years. This is a good thing... and it is a bad thing. If the records are purged, stolen cars can sometimes be re-registered by bad guys and appear to be legal. DMV acts as if they never heard of the car.

And yes, an actress was stalked and murdered by someone tracing her via DMV records, so that put an end to tracking by anyone but law enforcement.

Of course I have discovered if one has a paper trail such as old service records or old registrations, those papers have addresses. Many things are still possible via writing letters the old-fashioned way.

Posted on: 2019/11/11 8:31
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Re: VIN verifications in California
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I'm surprised that they are having a hard time accepting the fact that the ID tag is fastened to the car with screws. Chrysler products have done this for decades, including the muscle car era, when things get very expensive and there is desire to make counterfeit "muscle cars" from more pedestrian offerings.


Yes. GM did this too.

My triple-black and loaded 1966 Cadillac Eldorado convertible (I'm second owner from new) was stolen years ago and I believe the serial number was changed. I also believe it was "sold" with changed numbers through one of the "honest" auction companies in Scottsdale.

The VIN tags on these cars were plastic and attached with two Phillips-head screws in the rear of the driver's door jamb. So easy to fake that the plates can be ordered and any number you choose put on them!

By the way, the car is still missing. The VIN# is E6112046. California license was 063 TZV. I bought it from a doctor who bought the car new from Hillcrest Cadillac in Beverly Hills. I bought it from him in the early 1970s. It had every option available except limited-clip rear end.

Posted on: 2019/11/11 8:18
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Former PMCC man who made Predictor scale model has passed
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Hello All,

It is with deep sadness that I have to report to you my friend and former Packard Motor Car Company man, Tom Beaubien has passed. Tom left us on August 15, 2019 in Southern California.

Tom was a good friend for many years. Ironically we once worked together for Mazda Corporation where Tom was Manager of Design for Mazda (North America) R&D division. Tom and I sometimes ate lunch together over the many years we worked for Mazda. During those lunches we spent many hours talking about the world behind the scenes at Packard in the 1950s.

For those Packard fans who might not know, Tom worked in Detroit for Packard Styling during the mid-1950s. There he was one of two precision modelers who actually built the original large scale model of Predictor. It was this model that was sent to Ghia in Italy in order to make the actual full-sized Packard Predictor concept car. Photos of this model are in my book on Creative Industries of Detroit.

Tom was also on hand at East Grand Boulevard when the Predictor first arrived back in Detroit from Europe. Tom filmed the uncrating of Predictor at Packard headquarters and allowed me to resurrect the film. I interviewed Tom for my history of the Packard Predictor that appeared in The Packard Cormorant magazine several years ago. You can read his words in that article.

Although he was quite modest about it, Tom's family was was of key importance in the formative years of the city of Detroit. One of the main thoroughfares in Detroit indeed carries his family name to this day. Tom had a deep appreciation and understanding of beauty in design, whether it be art, architecture, aircraft or automotive.

Tom was born on January 7, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie and three daughters. Tom didn't want a funeral and requested simply to be cremated. His ashes will be spread later this year at sea.

He was a fine gentleman and I shall miss him a lot. I was lucky to even know him.

Tom also built this large scale model 1957 Four Hundred for Packard. It had working Torsion-Level suspension and steering. Most people today think it was a real car...

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Posted on: 2019/11/5 7:53
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Re: Packard Bikes
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Another version of a Packard bicycle headbadge. These appeared on SOME Packard-branded bicycles made by the Colson Corporation. This one is known as a "waterfall" type. Dare I say no connection whatsoever to Packard Motor Car Company? These were not given away to sell cars...and yes, this design was prewar...

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Re: The Atomic Packard returns
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The Studebaker-Packard Astral has alternately had and not had a transparent canopy. Original press releases (which I still have) claimed it had a "two-layer canopy." When it was displayed in Detroit in the 1950s it had clear plexiglass canopies over the passenger cabin. These were later removed with all kinds of claims and excuses given.

Somewhere I have early pics of the thing with the canopies removed and sitting on the floor behind it. When I asked the guy who accompanied the exhibit why they took the plexiglass off he said it made it too difficult to photograph the interior. Created too many ill reflections. Again all kinds of stories ensued from "force fields" to "invisible glass" and more. I suspect the canopy pieces got broken along the way and they just didn't want to spend the $ to replace them.

Another thing I notice was the original control grips on the meter cluster and elsewhere were chrome when I saw them in the 1950s. Appear to be painted silver now.

Among the many wild claims for Astral were that it would receive power beamed to it via the "Asropod" on the rear of the design.

Also, while a video shows the rear, photos of the rear are almost never shown. I still have my press release photos of the rear accompanied by the original model who went with the "car." Er... her name was Barbara Dixon. Barbara points to the "Astropod" here...

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Posted on: 2019/10/20 11:30
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Re: Pitiful Packards presented poorly.
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Hi Leeedy,

Thanks for the reply and if 'going back there' causes you angst, then by all means, do not. I just wanted to understand the crux of the story and couldn't with what was available to me on the site here. No worries. I am a relative newcomer to the antique/collector car world and am fully cognizant that there would be lots of 'back-history' and yes, some infighting too, which seems to go with the territory when any of these clubs or groups exist for any amount of time. It's too bad it has to be that way, but I suppose it is in large part, human nature, and I have not been part of any group that doesn't have it's share.
I must say though, that Packard Info seems to have a reasonably tolerant and even-keeled tenor to it and even when tempers flare and words are exchanged, things seem to smooth over and we carry on. Good for us, right??
At the end of the day, the core purpose of what we do and what we're here for, is the restoration, preservation and promotion of the Packard automobile, which, in my opinion, is a worthy and even noble cause. The pedigree and proud heritage of Packard SHOULD live on and be supported and preserved by groups like ours and I'm not sure we all don't sometimes forget how important our part in that endeavor truly is. Again, thanks for taking the time, while on the road, to respond. Best regards, Chris.


Okay. Ask and ye shall receive... and we'll let this be the only posting on this matter. Because you requested it. Better than the pirated B&W photo that was on the other site... this one is in faded color. And please remember, this was the 1970s. The attitude among many who claimed they loved Packards in those days was that postwar Packards were insignificant. Some thought they deserved to be "junk"...and the main cause was bitter fighting between clubs... accompanied by a lot of hostility for various reasons...

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1956 Executive loaded with Factory Air, but "ultramarines" transmission??
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interesting car claimed located on Staten Island... and equipped with factory air (not mentioned) and "ultramarines" transmission!

https://classiccars.com/listings/view/ ... ten-island-new-york-10314

Posted on: 2019/10/19 15:22
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Re: Packards at Hershey 2019
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Yessss, but thought some of you might enjoy this favorite of mine that showed up at Hershey this year...

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Re: Packard Bikes
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And another shot of the lady (this time with a friend) frolicking on the CWC Roadmaster bicycle with the genuine Packard accessory emblem...

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