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Gear Head Tuesday (a day late ...) Packard's Predictor
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Re: Gear Head Tuesday (a day late ...) Packard's Predictor
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Let me add this from Popular Mechanics Feb. 1956.
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Re: Gear Head Tuesday (a day late ...) Packard's Predictor
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I never saw if called the Packard Projector before as it was in the Popular Mechanics article!

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Re: Gear Head Tuesday (a day late ...) Packard's Predictor
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I wonder how well the Packard Predictor would have faired in the market place?

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Re: Gear Head Tuesday (a day late ...) Packard's Predictor
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PackardDon wrote:
I never saw if called the Packard Projector before as it was in the Popular Mechanics article!


The Predictor was originally intended to be named "Javelin" which was a name favored by Richard Teague. As AMC fans well know, Dick finally got his chance to use the name years later on a production car. This "Javelin" name actually appeared on the original scale model built at Packard by my late friend, Tom Beaubien and Charlie Flory. This was the model sent to Ghia in Italy in order to build the full-sized Predictor.

However once the Javelin name was selected, it was discovered that both Plymouth and Mercury were planning to use this name on concept cars they were building. So during construction of the Predictor at Ghia, the name "Projector" was momentarily considered and some news media got ahold of this name. Fortunately in the end, "Predictor" was the final name choice. This whole story with photos is in the book, "Creative Industries of Detroit–The Untold Story of Detroit's Secret Concept Car Builder"

The revelation of the interim name, "Projector" has been made numerous times over the years in The Packard Cormorant magazine and elsewhere.

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