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Packard Hotrod

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:28 am
by analyse999
I had to share this; just appeared for sale on eBay :

This little roadster weighs in at just over 13,200 lbs and 31' 6'' long. The 4M Packard engine (2500 CUBIC INCH) boasts 1,600 H.P. and 3,000 ft. lbs. of torque. As a boat engine it turns opposite of land engines so the car has two transmission drivelines to get the correct rotation for street use (754 Allison 5 speed auto transmission). The other challenge with a boat motor is..... cooling. No longer having an ocean of coolant available the car was designed with 4 radiators and six cooling fans. Capacities of 25 gallons of coolant, 30 gallons of oil, 100 gallons of fuel. Air ride suspension, power steering and air over hydraulic brakes makes it comfortable and stop efficiently as well. Rodney Rucker worked with Chip Foose on the design and the aluminum and brass body was hand formed by Marcel's. The supercharged V-12 Packard Royal Streamliner engine is out of a WW II era PT boat from the 1940's. The designation PT was for Patrol Torpedo. Used for high speed torpedo attack of larger surface ships. PT 109 was the boat President John F. Kennedy made famous. Painstakingly built using six hundred 5/16th of an inch Allen Head rivets and 12,000 man hours to build.This is the one and only of it's kind with a rare 4M Packard Engine to boot that will do 80 MILES PER HOUR IN SECOND GEAR "

Asking price - wait for it... - $1,750,000.00 -any takers? :0)

Re: Packard Hotrod

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:10 am
by genehouse
OK if you like that sort of thing. Personally, i think it is ugly but what do I know. I do want to thank you for sharing this little gem with us. I'm always amazed at some of the ideas that people come up with and I'm surprises that Chip put his talent into this one. I've followed his career your years and I've never seen him put out anything like this before. Thanks again, Gene

Re: Packard Hotrod

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:23 am
by Dave Czirr
80 mph in 2nd gear - almost as good as was claimed for a nearly 6000# Duesenberg SJ though I've not seen that claim from an authoritative source, just often quoted.

Re: Packard Hotrod

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:48 am
by analyse999
Whilst the builders named are all top-notch, and the workmanship is superb, it still begs the question 'what were you thinking !!!' -Almost $2 million for a 'gentlemans folly' ?
I just hope that it isn't being sold to fund the owners next project - a World War 2 PT boat with a Packard road car engine as its power unit ....

For me, I'm happy with my good old Touring Sedan : thats proper Packard-style.

Re: Packard Hotrod

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:24 pm
by charlieshot
looks like something for Jay Leno. :D