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Re: carforce number one
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The last Packard bought new for White House service was a 1951 Patrician 400 (2406) by Derham purchased in the Truman Administration but apparently retired shortly thereafter in favor of Lincolns who offered special incentives....OD; 2008/02/08


Well, Ike wasn't a close friend of Packard. All the more surprising when Nikita parked a Soviet Packard with red flag as hood ornament right under his nose.

[picture source: L'espresso 11/1955]

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The 1941/1942 Packard prewar design was ageing in the postwar mid fifties but did its representative job admidst the fresh and slimline cars. The picture shows the ZIS of Mr. Kekkonen, the eighth President of Finland in 1957. My read is that the more modern cars are a brand new 1957 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine, a 1955 Imperial Crown and a ZIM GAZ-12.

[picture source: Helsingin Sanomat]; Aug 19, 1957

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A small red hexagon reveals that the Finnish car is in good hands.

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Guscha

Tatra spotted !


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1959 - We call it tradition-conscious when the Britsh Prime Minister uses an old fashion car to go on state visit.
Ok, let's start to call the Soviet behavior (US-American) tradition-conscious when comrade Nikita picks him up in a ZIS.


John, this year I will go on a vintage car rally in a prewar Tatra.



[picture source: Красная звезда; Feb 14, 1959]

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Guscha

We're envious. What model?

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John, I support a Czech ZIS-owner to get original parts (picture one & two)
and now he is looking for a way to say thank you and invited me. The car will probably be a Tatra 52, I neither know its body maker nor any other detail - never look a gift horse in the mouth. That's a sample picture.

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Well, end of the fifties! The Packard prewar design reached the age of the rocket and even the strongest ZIS got tired. But what's that? The pictured car seems to sail under false colors. Help! Car force number one fell into the wrong hands. Alert! The red flag acompanied by the regalia of the President of the United States? That must be the work of a secret defector! Or a diplomatic egg dance?


[picture source: Dansk Aftenbladet]

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These pictures taken from a documentary movie of the 60s containing the answer. Richard Nixon used an old ZIS convertible on his travel through Poland. What looks like a lambada dancing man is a defense response against flying flowers. Please don't forget that even the fairest rose has spikes!
Moments later the driver got into trouble.

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I have a picture from the New York Times on my computer at work as a background. It's from the state visit to North Korea by Condiliza Rice, our former Secretary of State

It's a parade in Pyongpyang. All of the officials are riding in open cars. On the left of the picture is an open ZIS, which of course looks like a Packard. There is an arch in the background. People think I have a picture of Paris on my computer.

It reminds me of The Mouse That Roared

The ZIS interior pictures look like my car

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