"It sure does cast a shadow!"
" Don't be the last guy."
Those of you who knew Don as well or better or longer than I did will be very familiar with these quotes, a couple of his favorites.
In today's car hobby it's hard to know when you are the guy paying "the last dollar" for a vehicle.
With that said.
It was my great pleasure and a blessing to know Don Carlson very well late in his life.
He loved sharing stories about the cars he owned and had owned during his many decades in the business but for him it wasn't just business it was his passion.
Don treasured his collection of cars and parts and cared for them the best he could right to the end of his days. It took more than cash for him to part with anything good, he had to like you some, his closest friends know if he saw you as a kindred spirit he became very generous when he could help you "shape up" a project.
He always had the unobtanium you needed.
So how do you put a price on this thing.
Who wants it next? - It's still for sale.
What can you afford? - Or afford to loose?
What can you do yourself? .........................
Who has time to give to this one.................
What do you want it for? - Investment?, Bragging rights?, It's History?
Emotions can get the best of us.
For me this thing is part of Don's legacy and that makes me want it more than I should because I loved the man and his passion.
Someone needs to breathe life back into this Packard and share it with the future.
With all that said:
If the carburetor, gauges/speedometer (unobtanium) come with it, I'd be a buyer and the guy at $13,500.
I hope someone needs it that can afford more than me.