1958 Packard Model J - $1,995

1958 Packard Model J - $1,995

Less than one thousand 1958 Packard sedans were made, making this an exceptionally rare car and the perfect project car with a lot of upside. In fact, a restored '58 Packard sold in at an RM Auction for nearly $50,000. This project car is remarkably complete and solid. The interior is amazing--totally complete and the silver/blue plush interior fabric is totally retro. In particular, the padded dash is totally intact when nearly all Studebaker and Packards of this era have sagging dash. The dashboard is also striking, clean and complete. The carpet is serviceable but only fair condition. The exterior body has 4 areas of rust that are marginally servicable. There is some pitting on the chrome on the rear. The ultra-rare fibreglass front hood is in intact.. The original engine is complete but the car does not run now. Restyled by Duncan McRae, Studebaker-Packard's finances dictated that the changes for 1958 be made as cheaply as possible. Quad headlights were achieved by affixing fiberglass pods to the previous year's front fenders designed for two headlights. In the rear, McRae attempted to follow the tailfin craze established by Chrysler's 1957 "Forward Look" by crafting outward canted fiberglass fin extensions that were mounted to the tops of the existing vertical rear fenders. 1956 Clipper taillight units continued to be used. Packards also adopted a low, wide "fishmouth" grille to further distinguish them from their Studebaker cousins. Despite McRae's efforts, the car that emerged appeared cobbled together, rather than as a cohesive design. Auto reviewer "Uncle" Tom McCahill remarked that from the rear it looked as if the cars had been left in the sun too long and the canted fiberglass fins had started to melt down the straight rear fender sides. Only 2,034 of the three standard models (sedan, hardtop and station wagon) were produced The last Packard rolled off the South Bend assembly line on July 13, 1958. For sale or trade. We enthusiastically welcome trade offers for other classic or specialty vehicles. Easy financing available. For more information call Tim at 2077106699 or send us an email at info@motorlandamerica.com

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For sale or trade. We welcome trade offers for other vintage cars and trucks. Easy financing available! We sold hundreds of classic vehicles since we opened. We can assist with all transportation arrangements. Motorland is a licensed classic car showroom and one-stop service center. Our service center offers repair, upholstery & interior restoration, body, paint, detailing, appraisal, vehicle locator, pick up or delivery, and storage.

Our Showroom & Service Center is located at 2564 Portland Road, Arundel, Maine on US Route 1. We’re 90 minutes north of Boston and 20 minutes south of Portland, Maine. Our hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and from April-November, we’re also open Saturdays 10am-5pm. Call us anytime at 207.710.6699. Email us at info@motorlandamerica.com.


Odometer 71000
Paint Baby Blue
Chrome & Trim
Upholstery Original Blue and Silver Retro Style
Steering Wheel Very good

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