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Very rare 1955 Packard and Clipper Dealer Salesroom Sales Album For Sale

If you love 1955 Packards and Clippers, you'll want this in your collection! This is the rare, creme-de-la-creme premier piece of 1955 Packard and Clipper literature. With this incredible Dealer Showroom Album a salesman could dazzle any potential customer interested in purchasing a 1955 Packard or Clipper.

While the few of these that remain today are often missing the exterior zipper case, this one has the case with a working zipper.

The color pages in this album are not comb-bound and this is the way these albums were delivered to dealers– with the color pages loose and easily removed when desired.

Image of the 1955 Patrician in the showroom album shows the early original concept look without ribbed stainless band (added later for actual production).

Samples of interior fabrics and genuine leather swatches are included. But also samples from the very, very rare black Patent Leather and fabric for the Four Hundred are included (yes they actually offered this!).

Page after page of specifications, details, comparisons, etc. are included in the rear of the album. Everything you could want to know about 1955 Packards and Clippers!

Included are
• Kinetic motion demonstration of Torsion-Level suspension and beautiful acetate overlay of Torsion-Level mechanism on conventional coil spring chassis.

• Kinetic motion demonstration of Packard Twin-Ultramatic transmission and power.

• Detail X-ray view of Factory Air Conditioning system.

• Engine X-ray views, paint samples and factory color codes.
• Actual upholstery samples including genuine leather swatches and fabric samples.

• Rotating color scheme and interior views for Caribbean with every factory production color scheme.

• All specifications for Packard and Clipper models
Comparison with other car brands and models.
And more!

This very rare item is in good condition considering its age and rarity. It is not perfect, however and is sold AS-IS with no returns.

The plastic comb binding has some comb teeth broken but still holds and rotates bound pages.

There appears to be one page possibly missing in the Clipper section, but aside from this, everything from 1955 is intact.

One end of the elastic string in the front inside cover of the zipper case needs to be re-threaded and knotted to anchor it.

The pull-out kinetic operation of Torsion-Level is stuck and needs attention to get it working again.

Again, sold AS-IS with no returns. PayPal is preferred. PM me for price and payment.

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Posted on: 1/26 21:32

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This item turned up in one of my bicycle wholesale-distributor catalogues from 1939. Even though it is not a Packard bicycle, I thought I would share this. Since there has been so much recent interest and curiosity about items branded "Packard"... and just to show yours truly has and loves all things Packard. So check this one out.

In the late 1930s a company marketed what they branded a "PACKARD Lektro-Shaver" electric razor line. Not only were they selling the Packard Lektro-Shaver, but they also sold two different men's and women's shaving kits. These were:
1.) Packard Lektro-Shaver Accessory Kit
2.) Packard Lektro-Shaver Fitted Leather Travel Kit.

Just when you thought you either had or knew everything branded "Packard."

Oh, and no. They did not give you one of these to "sweeten the deal" on a Packard automobile. And Packard Motor Car Company was not involved (officially) with Packard Lektro-Shavers and shaving kits.

Have a look... and I'm betting most (if not all) of you have never seen one... Have fun!

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Posted on: 1/23 11:22

Re: Upolstery of door panels for the 1950`s
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believe the adhesive he's using is Weldwood's Landau Top and Trim adhesive, which is apparently the one that upholsters recommend. I don't have a lot of experience with it, except for my headliner, so I can't say how it would do on the doors.

In our situation we really have 3 options:
1.) Send the panels to SMS and potentially never see them again
2.) Sew the panel lines into the vinyl to mimic the heat embossing
3.) Cut foam forms to mimic the heat embossing

I'd really like to try what the video shows. Even if it doesn't work, it would be a good experiment. If it does work, then great. Perhaps with the right adhesive it'll do okay?


Whatever the brand name... whatever anyone recommends... anyone with automotive trim shop experience will instantly recognize... it is common contact cement. Every trim shop uses one brand or the other. What my trimmers used to call "gorilla snot" (just slang– not a brand reference since there was no such brand when we were in business). Basically the same stuff– whatever the brand given. Coca-Cola or Pepsi or RC cola.

And like I said... go through all these changes... then park the car a time or two out in 100-degree heat on a summer day. Then watch what happens to all your work... give it a week.

My mission here is to simply share knowledge and experience. I don't post these things just to make up opinions or to debate. I'm just telling you what I have actually seen and experienced having once been involved in ownership of an automotive trim shop. Over several years. And working at the OEM level in the automotive biz.

What the guy does in the video is cute for a video. And even very skillful. But it won't last.

Posted on: 1/6 13:47

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kevinpackard wrote:
I've been thinking about ways to go about this for a while. I don't want to send my door panels into SMS and wait an unknown amount of time to get them back (2+ years?). I also don't want to sew the lines in either.

I came across a method on YouTube of mimicking the lines using a stiffer foam that is glued directly to the panel. It is shaped to follow the contours you are going for in the end. Then the vinyl is glued and pressed into the shaped foam, and the heat-pressed lines can be imitated. It looks okay. I'm going to experiment with it once I gather the materials.

The problem with trying to do your own heat treated lines is going to be maintaining correct temperature and pressure. I can see it being difficult to maintain consistency.


This fellow is a real virtuoso in many ways. Applause.

However, he is simply cutting forms– easy to do with straight lines. He is also using contact cement (or what the trimmers in my shop years ago called "gorilla snot"... decades before there was such a brand name).

This all looks good in a video and even in a car. When first done. But just try parking that car somewhere on a 100-degree F summer day. You may return to your vehicle to discover your vinyl-covered door panels have lost their glued-in lines and gone flat. Or are hanging in drooping balloons. Or worse.

Unless the vinyl (or any) covering is "taught" to memorize a certain shape or embossing, it will eventually revert to being the flat sheet it was when you started. And the only way to "teach" sheet vinyl and many other materials is with steam heat or electro heat combined with pressure.

I posted photos of Mitchell-Bentley's (they made interior components for postwar Packards) door panel embossing presses. This was in a previous thread like this one.

I have seen limited success with a heat gun and wooden forms. But then somebody's gotta make the wood forms. And... with a heat gun there is always the danger of scorches or burning. AND contact cement can be extremely flammable and provide a whole new meaning to "losing face."

Things to think about.

Posted on: 1/6 12:10

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Ozstatman wrote:
Thanks Leeedy, photo posted.

Unfortunately, age has caught up with me precluding further attendance at Hershey. I'd like to catch up but it'll have to be digitally through PackardInfo.

Wow.... thanks for the photo!

And age or no age... we'll continue staying in touch one way or the other. My new book on the 1956 Plymouth Plainsman concept car (it was built at Ghia along with the Packard Predictor) will cover its life. Including the time that Plainsman spent in the Australian outback. And how the name inspired the regular production Australian Plainsman wagons. True story. So stay tuned!

Be well and above all, keep having fun... and keep playing with Packards in 2023.

Posted on: 1/1 3:28

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Packard Don wrote:
Yes indeed, and fascinating too! Such a wealth of information which I gather barely touches the surface of Leeedy’s wonderful collection, which I would love to visit sometime should he be in the mood.

It would be great to see a separate one of the Packard organs and pianos although as Leeedy mentioned, they are covered here already.

Thanks for the very kind words. I extend my Best Wishes for a Happy, Prosperous, Packard-filled New Year!

By the way. Donald Duck is nearly 6 feet tall and the entire original display from 1949 is motorized and animated. VERY rare. Donald actually pedals along and his eyes roll up and down as he pedals.

And don't believe anything the so-called "expert" said about Donald Duck bicycles on the TV show, Pawn Stars... this guy was dead wrong. Absolutely wrong! Donald Duck bicycles were made for several years, not one. And yes, I've got the original factory literature to prove it! And yes, Shelby Cycle Company made some Packard bicycles too!

Oh... and Robby is telling the truth below. We indeed have known one another for a very long time! I first saw Robby in 1956 in Forbidden Planet movie at the Adams Theater in downtown Detroit. But I met him live and face-to face (so to speak) in California in 1973.

For a time in the 1970s, Robby and his special futuristic car lived (along with some interesting Packards and other incredible stuff) at a long-gone place in Buena Park, California known as Movieworld Cars Of The Stars. I was involved in a vintage swap meet held there in their parking lot back then.

I also have actual photos of Robby and me shaking hands in 1974 on a re-created set of Forbidden Planet at Burbank, California. Yes, I am serious and not delirous!

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Posted on: 12/31 21:40

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Ozstatman wrote:
Happy New Year to you too Leeedy!

A wealth of knowledge about "Packard" bikes, have learnt so much about them because of this thread.

I remember the time you graciously gave me in the Society of Automotive Historians tent at Hershey in 2018 along with signing and endorsing your Creative Industries book. I'd post a photo of you with the book, but I can't recall whether you agreed the photo could be published. Let me know one way or another.

Well, Happy New Year to you too. Thanks for the kind words. And no problem with posting the photo from the Hershey SAH event.

BTW, I was stationed with Australians while in Vietnam (yes they were there too). And then many years later found myself (among many other responsibilities with my employer of 20 years) placed in charge of New Model Training for Ford and Mazda of Australia. We had fun times many nights on the town in Hiroshima, Japan! But that's another story.

Also years ago when I had a very tall, beautiful Aussie girlfriend, we used to visit the long-gone Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas. A lot. She got a kick out of confusing the little guys (in full Ferengi costumes and make-up) who ran Quark's Bar (this was a real place). We did this by giving them Australian money! The kind with the little clear windows in it. They would look at US as if we just stepped out of a flying saucer! And told us the currency was not translatable to "gold pressed Latinum." But that's another story too! LOL.

Enjoyed meeting you at the SAH event and look forward to chatting again.

Best Regards and Wishes for a Happy, Prosperous, Packard-filled New Year!

Posted on: 12/31 21:16

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Luvmyboyz wrote:
Here are a few more. I have taken a lot already just kinda figuring this forum out

NBHAA and myself have been identifying Packard bicycles for many decades now. We have over 80,000 original catalogues, books, publications, photos, factory documents and advertisements. Normally you would need to go to NBHAA and request a formal Official Detailed Report which requires a standard research fee.

But as a favor to you on this Packard Information forum as we head to the 2023 New Year, here is additional information. All for you and regarding the bicycle with the ASC "Packard" headbadge you have.

The one component (aside from the headbadge) that for sure is original Arnold, Schwinn & Company-made is the frame.

Your frame is one of what I call the DX series. Packard automobile people: I will translate this for you: DX = "junior series".... For images of a "senior" 1941 ASC-built Packard Bicycle, scroll back in this thread and see photos of my 1941 Schwinn-Built Packard Autocycle (a senior series) in 2-tone green.

Now. I am attaching an original ASC distributor sheet that shows the three lines of ASC-built "DX" models for 1940-1941. Your Packard bicycle would fall under the heading for either #2 or #3. The most deluxe frame with the spring fork differed slightly. One notable/visible difference: on most of these was a little tube welded onto the frame downtube just south of the head tube. The purpose of this little tube was to hold two rubber bumper tips. What was the purpose of these rubber tips and the metal tube that held them? They were there to catch the knee-action spring fork legs to prevent the fork legs from impacting (and thus denting) the horn tank.

Other than frame differences, there is no way to determine which trim level your frame originally had– based on appearance now or from the serial number. The ASC factory didn't keep such records. The only thing I can tell you for sure in this regard is that it was not the top-of-the-line special series because your frame does not have provision for the fork bumper. There were occasional wholesale-distributor (W-D) exceptions to this bumper/stop rule but most followed what we tell you here.

As you can see in the literature, the seat is different (a Mesinger Model "B"); the chain guard is different and the fenders were much fatter. While the slim 1939-style fenders still managed to be installed on some 1939-1/2 models (which people today would call "1940") the usual 1940-42 fenders were fatter as you see in the literature provided here.

The original headlight was also very different. The headlight was a painted prewar "torpedo" type that loaded D-cell batteries from the front.

This same frame was made between 1940-1942. 1942 Models deleted the horn tanks even though they are shown in some literature (WW2 metal use restrictions). It was made in different frame heights with the seatpost tube being longer in "tall" frames. The DX series did not return until after the war and again, was somewhat different.

The name "Packard" on these bicycles was not a "model" like "Caribbean" or "180" or "120." The Packard name on these models was merely a name selected by the wholesaler or retailer out of many that were available. No matter who will tell you otherwise. It was not a model name and thus there were numerous configurations and trim levels possible on a Schwinn-Built "Packard" bicycle.

Who else tells you this stuff?

Happy New Year.

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Posted on: 12/31 15:41

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JWL wrote:
Maybe we need a Packard Bikes section. What do folks here think?

We already have a "Packard bikes" section... we're in it. Been going on for a long, long time now.

Posted on: 12/31 2:34

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humanpotatohybrid wrote:
And one for Packard organs too 😉

Completely unrelated to the car company except from, I suspect, sharing a good amount of clientele from the expense of their products, this other Packard company made organs and pianos around the turn of the 20th century. A big name in pump organs from that time, a fair number survive to this day.

I find it interesting that the logos bear some resemblance to each other, though I figure this is just a coincidence due to the style of the time. The logo below was from c. 1898, well before Packard's name debut in 1903. Though it's remotely possible that the brothers Packard would have known of the organ company though as they purchased a Packard would have known of the organ company though as they purchased a "Welte Philharmonic Salon Model 4" (not Packard!) organ in 1912 for their summer home in Michigan. It would have been astronomically expensive, having about 250 pipes plus 3 piece percussion, highly decorated in appearance, with full self-playing capability, with another of the same model being purchased by White Star for the luxurious Titanic but was luckily not completed in time for the first voyage! Amazingly, all the pipes shown on the outside are nonfunctional and are only for appearance. The organ today is in working condition in the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Okay. We discussed Packard Piano Company and similar logos, etc. earlier in this thread. Scroll back and have a look.

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