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Dandy Dave

Is The Packard Automobile Comming Back?

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The nose / front clip is pretty neat. The main body and tail are really boring and look to be a rehashed generic 90's body. I would try for some more flash if i was trying to revive an old mark.

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Better to let Packard R.I.P. A modern re-creation would just be another jelly bean transportation appliance with anachronistic bits and pieces stuck on. Just my opinion.

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It would be nice to see the old name come back, but I think the investors would first need to get a talented auto designer to come up with something really snazzy and elegant. This design seems to be pretty much a mash up of some older designs and does not interest me at all.

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I think that was created about 20 years ago.

Yep, good eye.

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Sorry, but that's not new at all. That was intended to debut as the centennial Packard in 1999, but came out a couple years late in the early 2000s. The company went bankrupt just building that one prototype. As unfortunate as it is, I think something we all tend to forget when remembering our favorite deceased brand is that if they had managed to stay in business, their current cars would be just as ugly as everything else being produced today.

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West, I'm glad you confirmed my thought and memory too. I promptly ordered the "introduction package" from the people, and it came in a rather large, fancy box with a lot of pictures and "some" information. I could not like anything at all about the design, but hung on to the intro package till 2010 when we moved and I either sold or gave away most of my collection. I forget how much the package was, but it was a few bucks, seems like. Sorry guys, I gotta' agree with joe_padavano's assesment. jb

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I think Joe was being polite.:D

It still reminds me of this car.

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I like the Duesenberg that was created in the 1960s, but not because they borrowed the name, I just liked the car. The subject of this thread is an abomination.

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The new Stude doesn't look like anything special either. Like we need another SUV with a stupidly outrageous price tag.

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Maybe they can make a new Nash and Hudson,too. They can all get together and form a big corporation and compete with the big three.

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Looks sort of like a Jag-Pack-Linc.

It would be funny if the Russians still had the tools and dies from the circa-1941 Packards that they bought to build Zils or whatever they were called.

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Fabulous? Sorry, but the word I'd use is fugly. :eek:

Now fellows, I was trying to be nice and not ruffle anyone's feathers that may be in love with the car. The general consensus is, Thumbs Down. The Packard will not be reborn to be in competition with Rolls. Although, I would not mind having one of those hub caps hanging on the wall as a conversation piece. I thought about the same way about the Zimmer the Ford Motor company introduced in the 80's. It was just not A Deusey, or Auburn. But a Cheesy Imitation in my honest opinion. Dandy Dave!

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Looks sort of like a Jag-Pack-Linc.

It would be funny if the Russians still had the tools and dies from the circa-1941 Packards that they bought to build Zils or whatever they were called.

That myth will never die.

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If all a new Packard/Studebaker/Triumph/Hudson/etc. were was a name applied to product, would you really want it to come back? "Bugatti" was revived by Volkswagen, but is it really the same? Even if VW starts building high end, lightweight sports-racers more in tune with the original impetus of the old company and calls them Bugattis, since they're 60 years removed from the original heritage and makers of the car what would they be? The Chinese are building an "MG Magnette", is it the same? Even if it's a better car than BMC could build, would it be real MG?

The older I get, and the more I appreciate the historical value and nature of collector cars, the more I dislike the idea that they should be revived. It diminishes the name, especially in the eye of the general public. If Fiat wants to build a "Dodge Dart", that's fine. That is still (thorough numerous ownership changes) still the same entity. If they decide to come out with a line of Plymouths or DeSotos, more power to them although I doubt anyone will be fooled into thinking they're a continuation of the same heritage. If their next car is called a Kaiser Darrin (which I believe they would own the name rights via ownership transfers), that would be stretching it...., a lot. If Fiat (or Microsoft for that matter) decides to market a new Auburn boattail sports coupe or Saab sedan, my impression would be that it's a pretender and an imposter.

Reviving Maybach didn't work, and I don't see how much of anything in the same vein would be any different.

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Agree Dave. Let's face it the main reason one would look to tie a new automotive venture to the name would be to capitolize on it with those who know what it means. I believe most non car fans my age and younger (50) really don't connect those dots when it comes to Packard. This age group represents a huge demographic especially for a fledgling company. So consider this, a few years ago our Packard required the assistance of the friendly local AAA flatbed due to a failed headgasket. Wife calls it in - nice rep on the phone says "who makes it" "It is a Packard" "yes, but who makes it" - get the picture? ;)

So it would be an uphill battle at best. The technology & economies of scale only available to established manufacturers would render most independent efforts as crude by comparison.

Oh, yes the above example is "fugly" for sure!

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Rolls Royce "branded" cars are now built by BMW and Bentley "branded" cars are built by VW. Neither are the same cars when they were produced in England.

These are another example of cars that no longer have the same heritage.

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That myth will never die.
Yeah, but all Model "T"s were black and Rolls Royce hoods are sealed..............aren't they????? Geeze, next you'll try to tell me the Dodge Brothers weren't Jewish!!:rolleyes:

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Yeah, but all Model "T"s were black and Rolls Royce hoods are sealed..............aren't they????? Geeze, next you'll try to tell me the Dodge Brothers weren't Jewish!!:rolleyes:

Naw, it was p off old Henry Ford who was their main competitor. :rolleyes:

Oh by the way, Packard was the first car to have a steering wheel.:P

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