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Re: 1949 Packard Monte Carlo - Hood Ornament Identification
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Geoffrey Hacker
Joe Santana...

Excellent points and thanks for sharing. I like the "lighted wings" idea very much.

Happy Holidays...

Geoff

Posted on: 2018/12/11 17:18
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Re: 1949 Packard Monte Carlo - Hood Ornament Identification
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Hi Ozstatman...

Leeedy (Leon Dixon) is a great friend. But he's the only one that has memory of this hood ornament. Every historian and club member/registrar I've checked with has not seen it before. So I'm opening up to forums and the experience of all others out there. You never know what you'll find.

So...research requires validation - triangulation if you will. So I'm searching to see what other information we can find to corroborate or to confirm otherwise.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts..

Geoff

Posted on: 2018/12/10 19:05
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1949 Packard Monte Carlo - Hood Ornament Identification
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Hi gang and Happy Holidays....

We're in the process of researching our recently acquired 1949 Packard Monte Carlo convertible. To this end, we've assembled some folks who have experience in this area which include George Hamlin, Leon Dixon, Bud Juneau, Thomas McPherson, Alden Jewell, Paul Cruce and others who have historical and deep knowledge of Packard, Henney, Richard Arbib and Coachbuilding.

We've been able to push our research forward and recently located a person - Peter Krell - who owned the car in the late 1980s. He was able to forward photos of the car from that time frame and with his help and others we will continue to pursue earlier owners too.

One of the issues that came up did so in close examination of photographs of both the hardtop Monte Carlo and the Convertible. Specifically, the hood ornaments of each share identical characteristics. What we found is that the chrome wings were partially cut on each and acrylic / Lucite was installed on each.

For the Monte Carlo hardtop, the photos show the acrylic to be clear (or nearly so) in the historic photos. For the Monte Carlo convertible, the acrylic is red. Both cars and hood ornaments can be seen - along with close-up photos - in the images below.

I need your help to identify if this is something folks have seen before. In talking to some of my Packard friends and....looking at many images on the internet, I could not locate a similar hood ornament. However, that doesn't mean that they were not built by a company in a small run (limited production).

Have any of you seen these hood ornaments below? Do any still exist on cars that some of you have seen or may have?

The hood ornaments in question do not have full Lucite/acrylic wings - those are common and easy to find. The hood ornaments below are only partially acrylic which makes them very interesting to me.

Thanks for any help you can lend and have a great holiday.

Geoff Hacker
http://www.UndiscoveredClassics.com

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Posted on: 2018/12/10 14:44
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Re: Packard Monte Carlo
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Steve....

All points you made make sense to me. Thanks for the explanation. Where can I locate the reference of the dated photo of the Monte Carlo you mention in your post? I purchased the Neal book but it has yet to arrive.

Thanks again for your contributions here.

Geoff

Posted on: 2018/2/24 23:35
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Re: Packard Monte Carlo
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Hi Gang...

Here's a short 4 min video I did earlier today after we cleaned out the Monte Carlo. We've since learned it is a 1948 Super Convertible so forgive the error of "year" in the video. Here's the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Inbpn9XEhO8

Best...

Geoff

Posted on: 2018/2/19 21:48
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Re: Packard Monte Carlo
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Hi Guys...see attached photo. Here's a bigger image of it:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/T3hAknhg9vOxxb2H2

Hope this works

Geoff

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Posted on: 2018/2/19 21:27
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Re: Packard Monte Carlo
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Hi Gang....

I'm the guy in Florida who has the Packard Monte Carlo.

I appreciate all the information shared about the background on this Packard. It helps in determining what exactly this is and is not.

Steve.....can I reach out to you via phone or e-mail and ask some questions as well. Here's my contact information for any of you who wish to contact me:

Geoff Hacker
6306 Memorial Highway
Tampa, Florida 33615
(813) 888-8882

Thanks guys...it's very exciting to have found this car and I'll do my best to make you proud on its recovery and restoration.

Best to all....

Geoff

Posted on: 2018/2/19 15:08
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