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1952 Packard Mayfair
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Bill Clay
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I just finished watching a movie on TCM. It was called "Sudden Fear" starring Joan Crawford, Gloria Graeme, and Jack Palance. It was made in 1952 and featured 1952 Packards. At the end of the film Jack is chasing Joan ( who he thinks is Gloria) trying to run her down with a 1952 Packard 250 Mayfair Convertible. Needless to say his driving was a bit careless, he overcorrects on a turn and smashes the right front fender into a building or wall. Well the headlamp pops out of the fender but is still lit! Did Packard use Autolite headlamps as OEM in 1952? I actually felt pain when he smashed that fender! But the worst is yet to come as he crashes the Packard while finally running over Gloria. Car is on its right side and steam from busted radiator is rising out of the wreckage. Oh well from 1000 Mayfairs Convertibles made in 1952, that leaves 999 left. I don't think I'll watch that movie again.

Posted on: 2018/8/31 21:39
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Re: 1952 Packard Mayfair
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BigKev
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For clarification, there is no such thing as a Mayfair Convertible, period.

The Mayfair was only the hardtop. This is a Convertible Coupe. Nothing personal, just on a personal mission to stamp out this misnomer, that has propagated for years.

Also, the is no such thing as a Pacific Converible either, still only hardtop.


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Posted on: 2018/9/1 10:41
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Re: 1952 Packard Mayfair
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FREDERICK E WILEY
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You did not mention the beautiful black Patrician driven by Joan, a very wealthy single woman. It was shown in full side and rear views. I look for Packards as I watch the old films on TCM. I also cringed when Jack smashed the Packard.

Posted on: 2018/9/1 11:19
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Re: 1952 Packard Mayfair
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Bill Clay
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Hi Bigkev,
Sorry, I didn't mean to offend.
I guess the Mayfair Convertible misnomer is very prevalent on the internet.
Guess the internet is similar to paper, it won't move when anything is written on it.

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Posted on: 2018/9/1 21:25
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Re: 1952 Packard Mayfair
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Randy Berger
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My parents 52 Mayfair was twilight taupe metallic (bottom) and sunset red metallic (top). I learned how to hotwire that car when I was 14 and taught myself how to drive. Pic is me and a girlfriend taken when I was 16. It was a great car to learn in.

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Posted on: 2018/9/2 3:05
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Re: 1952 Packard Mayfair
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Bill Clay
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Hi Randy, you still look the same! Did the young lady become your wife?
Was the 1952 Mayfair the Packard that made you a Packard collector?
I fell in love with a 1941 120 a neighbor owned. It was two tone, sorta tan and brown combo. I'd run down to the street and watch him drive by.

Posted on: 2018/9/2 7:12
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Re: 1952 Packard Mayfair
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58L8134
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When a new hardtop arrived in the showrooms then, it had better have an evocative name! GM started that with first Coupe de Ville, Riviera, Holiday then Bel Air and Catalina.

On the other hand, convertibles were considered special enough in and of themselves so not to need an evocative name to identify them. Other than 'Eldorado', none of the occasional uses of specific identifiers such as "Skylark" or "Fiesta" had any longevity.

Steve

Posted on: 2018/9/2 7:42
.....epigram time.....
Proud 1953 Clipper Deluxe owner.
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