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Now For Sale
 
Very Rare 2 Door Club 8 Packard
 
$1000

I saved this Packard from the salvage yard crusher last year with the intentions of trying to restore it. It was actually only a couple of days away from the crusher according to the man I bought it from so I consider it a "rescue" Packard. :-) According to him, he bought it from an estate without seeing it and was told it had been setting in a barn for over 30 years. He decided that it was beyond what he wanted to work with and decided to sell it for salvage. He had already called the salvage people and they were supposed to come out to get it. He know that I liked Packards and asked if I was interested and I ended up talking him into a trade for them. My job situation has changed a great deal in the last six months and I cannot afford to do that now. Therefore I am left with just a few options:

1) I can sell it (hopefully) to someone who will restore it and make it drivable again.

2) I can sell it and the person will make a "rat rod" or "hot rod" out of it. I really do not like that idea but, after a person give me their money it is out of my hands. Again, I am hoping for option number 1.

3) I can part it out and it can live on as part of other Packards and help them be restored and that is not the best option but it is better than the last.

4) I can take the good stuff off of it and sell it and send the rest off to the salvage yard.

Simply put, I cannot afford to keep it and need to get my investment and expense back as much as I can.

Having said all of that, it is in pretty rough shape as you can see in the pictures. There are holes in both of the front floor pans and a hole in the rear floor pan so both floor pans will need to be replaced. On the plus side, the trunk is solid, and that did surprise me; even the spare tire slot is solid. The deck lid paint is amazingly good and gives you the best indicator of the original color although it doesn't show up good in the pictures. The right front lower fender is bad and rusted out where it meets the door and the rockers panels are about shot. Also, where the roof meets the right rear fender there is rust.

The glass is all either broken or cracked except for the windshield and back-glass. The interior upholstery is a mess and needs complete replacement down to the springs but, all of the knobs are still there. As far as I've been able to determine, the car is complete. I removed all of the exterior stainless, wheel covers, rings, and mascot when I put the car cover over it this winter to keep people form sneaking in and stealing it. I did the same thing with the breather and battery clamp. They are in a couple of the pictures on the floor of the loft of the barn.

The grill is still in good shape and the engine turned freely by hand when I first got it last winter. The rest of the chrome is in really bad shape.

The radio has all of the buttons and the controls are clear in the pictures. I think that it is "cool" that they called the cigarette lighter a "CIG-LITER".

That's all I can think of to tell you. If you have any questions let me know and I'll answer what I can. I'm letting people here have the first look before I post it on Craig's List or on eBay. Maybe one of you will have the time to work and funds to save this one since I don't. Gene

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