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Truck WTF Thursday. Yes, I was going to do a truck piece for Thusday, but after looking through the Hemmings Classifieds, there was this peculiar monstrosity that caught my eye, and then I had to reach for the eye bleach. So, let’s all discover this 1992 Packard Bayliff Custom Sedan, and suffer permanent blindness together…
According to the website Coachbuilt.com, the Bayliff Coach Corporation in Lima Ohio, introduced a line of Packard Custom Sedan and Coupe replicars based on late-model GM passenger cars after acquiring the rights to the Packard name and trademarks in 1978. These replicars ranged from simple cosmetic changes to elaborate body modifications such as new front and rear body structures with early-1930s style clamshell front fenders with side-mounts and a separate trunk. In 1992 C. Bud Bayliff sold the Packard name and trademark to Canadian millionaire Roy Gullickson for an estimated $50,000. By 1996 Gullickson had developed his own full-size model for a modern Packard, inspired by the 1941 Packard Clipper sedan.
So, how could a Packard Bayliff go from being inspired by a 1941 Packard Clipper Sedan to what looks like a Ford Crown Victoria with what looks like glued on accessories? One can only imagine, and the one I found for sale is truly heinous. According to the listing:
Beautiful custom built Packard. Low miles, two-tone maroon & black paint, custom maroon/ black interior Packard styled grille and trunk rack. Custom vinyl top with oval side and rear windows. Custom fender skirts with new wheels and tires.
This car is so deliciously perverse, from the tacked on headlamps, to the bolted on fender skirts, to the ill fitting vinyl roof. I thankfully have a waste basket next to my desk because every time I look at this thing, I hurl. I have included all the images from the listing just for your hurling pleasure as well.
This car is being sold by Bud Bayliff himself, so this must have been one of the last models his firm converted before selling off the Packard Name. Oh, and he wants $19,500 for it as well. If you dare, see the listing here.
Oh, and look at what else I found. Thanks to That Hartford Guy Flickr Page, here is a 1996 Mercury Cougar that was treated to the full Packard Bayliff treatment. And I thought the Crown Victoria was bad….