Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The 1956 Packard Clipper...Wristwatch?

The ubiquitous symbol of the mid-1950's Packard Clipper was the ship steering wheel, and was presented in their advertising, tchotchkes, and car emblems.

And occasionally, one runs across a pre-1950's, Packard-emblazoned wristwatch, that was used for promotion, employee recognition, etc... 

There was also an early-20th century Indian company that produced a run with the Packard name.

But this wristwatch is a puzzler. It's not a cheapie, run-of-the-mill "club special", it has a nice Valjoux Swiss movement, and sharp Heuer-inspired chronograph design.

The "Packard" lettering has a different fade, suggesting an-add on, but even the back of the watch is professionally inscribed "PACKARD".

The kicker is that this watch was put together LONG after the demise of the Packard Motor Company, which leads me to believe that someone really, really loved their 1956 Clipper, and had to special order the coolest chronograph race watch he could afford, and 60 years later, we have it right in front of us to admire, just like the original owner would have wanted!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dodge Lil Red Express Truck...From 1957?

Here's a great 1957 Dodge truck that's been painted and styled to summon the vision of a 1950's version of the late 70's Dodge icon, The Lil Red Express. Thanks to blogger Bag Full Of Guns (VERY NSFW, fyi)

And, just for comparison, here's a 1979 version... not bad!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The AMC Hornet Funny Car That Never Was...THE STINGER

Although the American Motors Company were well-represented in all levels of racing, including drag racing, and the funny cars of the muscle car era were colorful, quick and cool.

Most car aficionados immediately think of Javelin and AMX, maybe the Scrambler when they think of AMC, there were a group of small, modified lighter-weight cars that were perfect for the strip, cars like the Gremlin, and the Hornet.
The Hornet was a neat little speedster that, when combined with one of the AMC big blocks like the 360, 401 or 390, made great times down the quarter mile. This one run by Shirley Shahan, the Drag-On-Lady, was one such racer...

And others, like Wally Booth...

But a couple more would have looked great on the track, but didn't get past the JoHan model stage, but were awesome concepts, like the generic model below...

and then there was the legendary "Stinger"!

With plausible graphics, and impressive launch shot, this plastic model embodied the mixed concept of hot rod caricature with realistic detailing. In other words, it didn't exist, but easily could have.

It was a neat little model, and the graphics were definitely a highlight.

The yellow variation was still cool!

Hornets are comparatively cheap today, and what better inspiration do you need to make a tribute to a "tribute"? Someone needs to bring this concept to full-blown life, and I'll be the first to line up for tickets...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

1950 Plymouth Business Coupe Is A Gas!

Truth is, I'm a Mopar man through and through, so I have a soft spot for the face only a mother could love, bulldog front, 1950 Plymouth. I've always lusted after the three-window coupe, and this is how I'd do it, with a late 50's 392 hemi shoe-horned into the engine bay, but still keeping that sleeper look. Apparently someone else things the same way, or at least they did back in this old Popular Customs issue. Kudos!