Top 10 stories of 2017: No. 9 – The brilliant custom Packard built by Troy Ladd ruled top national awards
Car was purchased at auction in 1983 and couple spent 7,000 hours and 19 years on its restoration
The Pick of the Day is an elegant 1948 Packard Super Eight two-door sedan, exhibiting the best of the era’s aerodynamic “bathtub” styling
Group of Packard Twelves also highlights docket for annual sale during AACA Fall Meet
The Antique Automobile Club of America has initiated a new annual award, the Zenith Award for the Restoration of the Year, which will be chosen this year from 20 vehicles selected from AACA meets held during 2016.
The fascination with pre-war classic cars, which after all started the collector car hobby, has been fading during the past decade as new generations of enthusiasts have come on the scene.
Packard’s first modern redesign after World War II appeared in 1948 with polarizing “bathtub” styling, meant to be sleekly streamlined but which critics said looked like a pregnant elephant.
The stunning Mulholland Speedster, a custom 1936 Packard roadster built to emulate the grand coachbuilt cars of the 1930s, has claimed its second top prize this year
Low and long, and emulating the great coachbuilt cars of the 1930s, a custom 1936 Packard called the “Mulholland Speedster” was selected as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.