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Re: PPG Open House, Sunday, Oct. 19th.
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Yes, thank you for the wonderful photos!

I must hang my head in shame, as I DID go to the event in 2013, but for some reason, it was totally off my radar this year. I did not pay attention to the post about it here, so missed it entirely.

I MUST go in 2015, since Mal plans to be there!...

Posted on: 2014/10/23 6:11
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Re: Packard - Bentley/RR Similarity
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You've brought up a topic that has interested me ever since I noticed the family resemblance, Mark.

I find the similarities between '42-48 Clippers and RR/Bentley Ghosts (I forget what the Bentley equivalent of the Silver Ghost is called...) of the 50's and 60's to be more than just a coincidence.

I've never compared specs or seen both vehicles parked side by side, but that would show the similarities even more, I'm thinking.

Posted on: 2014/10/9 10:54
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Re: On Hemmings
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What a lovely car, indeed!

Any time I see a mid to late 30s phaeton or roadster for sale, I wonder why any were EVER made.

In my opinion, though lovely, they're wildly impractical. Especially in that time period, when roads were much better and speeds much higher than in earlier open-car eras.

Of course, such a vehicle would be MUCH more practical in, say, Australia.

Yet Mal, the only Aussie Packard-ist of my acquaintance, has a CLOSED Packard. Hmmmmm.....

Posted on: 2014/10/2 5:42
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Re: For Sale 47 Custom Clipper Sedan
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Congrats! Sorry I couldn't have been that lucky buyer...

Posted on: 2014/9/4 10:39
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For the prewar Packard owner who has everything...
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Posted on: 2014/9/4 10:16
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'53 Caribbean for sale.....
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Posted on: 2014/8/19 12:15
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Re: 1947 Custom Super Clipper Eight Touring Sedan
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JW wrote:
After the foregoing remarks, I can't pass up the opportunity to say that I have a very nice one for sale. Check out the ad in the For Sale Wanted section.

(o{}o)


JW, if I had $22,547, you would no longer own that beautiful Packard. Alas, I do not...

Posted on: 2014/7/23 10:16
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Re: 1947 Custom Super Clipper Eight Touring Sedan
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Jim L. in OR wrote:
Congratulations on a stunningly beautiful car. Seeing these two pictures in this perfect color combination makes me realize again just how timelessly elegant these cars are. They will never be "old".


I have to agree, Jim L. Even though I was little, I still remember riding in Dad's '47 (in the early '60's).

AND look how long Rolls-Royce used a strikingly similar body design!

Posted on: 2014/7/23 6:16
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Packard movie moment...
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My wife & I watched the Coen Brothers movie 'Inside Llewyn Davis' (from 2013) over the weekend. It takes place in the early 60's and is VERY loosely based on a week in the life of the late Dave Van Ronk, folk and blues singer.

In a VERY brief scene, Llewyn Davis exits a black and white '55 Patrician after riding in it as part of a hitchhiking sequence. No other shots of the car, just Mr. Davis exiting it...

Posted on: 2014/7/21 11:28
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Re: Easier to drive: shift on the floor or column?
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MIDan, that shift kit must have had an interesting shift pattern. My guess is it was backwards from normal (1st up, Rev. down; and 2nd down, High up) because of the shifting arms being on the top of the case. That is unless your dad installed some idler arms to change direction of the motion from the shift lever. Maybe someone else here can comment on what I have just written, but it seems this is the way it would have been.

(o{}o)


JW, it's entirely possible that Dad did that. I was 6-7-8 years old at the time (early 1960s), so I have no idea at all how he did it, just that he managed to install it...

I DO know that after he bought a brand-new 1965 Checker Marathon, he quit driving the Packard. In 1968, he traded it and 3 other cars for a running, driving Renault Dauphine, of all things...

Posted on: 2014/7/18 5:54
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