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Hooniverse “What the Truck” Thursday – A 1992 Packard Bayliff Custom Sedan

Jim Brennan August 4, 2011 For Sale, Terrible Ideas 73 Comments

Welcome to Hooniverse 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….

Currently there are 73 comments on this article:

  1. rtfact32 says:

    Right down below there on the commentary rules, it says:

    "Keep it civil and safe for work".

    Way go go violating your own rules by posting this…thing.

    • dmilligan says:

      Yes indeed. I believe that is the rudest thing that I have yet seen on this blog, and that's saying something. Now excuse me, I have to go find the Bromoseltzer.

  2. JayP says:

    Looks like the JCWhitney catalog exploded.

  3. tonyola says:

    OK, these cars are absolutely hideous. They deserve all the scorn that can be heaped upon them. But conceptually, are they really any worse than what Studebaker-Packard inflicted upon itself in 1957-1958?
    <img src="http://www.badgoat.net/CRH_homepage/Penquis/Penquis_03_05.jpg"&gt;

  4. LTDScott says:

    I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  5. muthalovin says:

    WOOF! Both of these, so gross. Although, I do like the looks of the engine bay.

    • Ozzie says:

      Look closer. Note the intake manifold tube going *through* the "head". It looks pretty for now, but it's probably just a bunch of cheap plastic that will start chipping and discoloring as soon as that thing hits the road.

  6. Alff says:

    This raises an interesting question – who should you call when the Bayliff is in contempt?

  7. Balestra says:

    Proof that things can always be worse

  8. P161911 says:

    I have always imagined that a modern Packard (if the original had survived) would be American made competition for the best that BMW and Mercedes had to offer, not some bad cartoon tacked on a Crown Vic.

    The Packard "tombstone" grill could be done in a modern way and be as iconic as BMW's double kidneys.

  9. pj134 says:

    I just googled ocular herpes to try and get that image out of my head.

    Didn't work… the Packard Bayliff is worse.

  10. $kaycog says:

    These Bayliffs are the epitome of ugliness! And to think that people were dying to ride in them.

    <img src="http://www.northlandpcs.com/images/museum/Bayliff_Combination_570.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

  11. topdeadcentre says:

    I like my cars the way I like my women: without hideous bolt-ons.

    It wouldn't even help if the horrible things hung on those cars weren't fitted by meth-addled monkeys on rollerskates.

  12. chrystlubitshi says:

    that poor poor cougar

  13. BGW says:

    Stutz Blackhawk likes this. :thumbup:

  14. dukeisduke says:

    Crush both of them.

  15. facelvega says:

    Is there a lesson to be learned here? What is the opposite of this, a car that is basically a very lightly-modified stock car that solves the styling problem of the original car and improves on it? More than a body kit, but not so much as a truly different vehicle? Trim and performance options from the original manufacturer don't count.

  16. CptSevere says:

    How could somebody drive one of these with a straight face?

  17. RichardKopf says:

    No sir, I don't like it.

    Also: http://www.packardmotorcar.com/

  18. tonyola says:

    It looks like Studebaker might have been playing around with some Packard ideas even in the 1960s. It's probably a good thing they weren't produced.
    <img src="http://www.sagebrushstudebaker.com/packard.jpg"&gt;
    <img src="http://www.sagebrushstudebaker.com/packard1.jpg"&gt;

  19. Brad Jackson says:

    The Burgandy Sedan is a Buick Roadmaster. I own a '93. Check the a-piller, dashboard, steering wheel, and front parking lights.

  20. Devin says:

    Here's what bothers me, apart from it being covered by a vomiting Wal Mart autoparts department: If you're going to make a big silly luxury car out of a Ford, wouldn't you start with a Lincoln rather than a pedestrian Crown Vic?

    Though I'm happy someone found a misguided luxury car that I don't have an inexplicable fondness for.

  21. Brad Jackson says:

    @ GTcarlot.com, Good call, I think the hubcaps put me off the scent. I thought it was a 94 or 95 Roadmaster, slightly different from mine.

    • MrHowser says:

      Heh, with the lengths these "coachbuilders" go to "improve" their source material, it can take a lot of googling to determine where they started. I came very close to buying a Roadmaster wagon, but "looks, runs, and drives like new" meant "torn seats, fading paint, and no power at all."

  22. BlackIce_GTS says:

    These are super hilarious, thanks Jim!
    I was mildly disturbed to find that on first glance, the engine looks sort of good. To my relief, on closer inspection, it's nearly as fakey and stupid as the rest of the car.
    "The air filter in the fake air cleaner of your Packard Bayliff Custom Sedan should be replaced at the intervals shown on Schedule "A". If, however, you drive the vehicle frequently under dusty or severe conditions, the filter element should be inspected periodically and replaced if necessary at the intervals shown on Schedule "B"."

  23. mdharrell says:

    Great. These "Packards" turn up for sale left and right, but where are all the Eshelman Golden Eagles?

    • Devin says:

      I wanted to see what you were talking about, but Google Image Search lead me to a big house, an attractive lady, polio, and a man getting molested by a mini-golf mascot. Which one of those things is an Eshelman Golden Eagle?

      • mdharrell says:

        See? I told you they're hard to find. Just picture a Corvair, then, um, well, you're done. They're rebadged Corvairs (which led to some difficulties with GM). The later Golden Eagle Safety Cars are a bit more involved, as Eshelman added large, protruding bumpers to such things as full-sized '67 Chevrolets and offered kits which could be affixed to many different vehicles. I've seen photos but nothing online aside from a very low resolution scan of an ad from one of the dealers, Kislack Kar Sales, which also comes up under the image search.

  24. Abe says:

    Dude, I totally want that engine cover!

    • scoutdude says:

      Yup that's the only cool thing about this car and the first time I've seen photos of it. I'd take one for my 92 CV.

  25. yellofury says:

    my eyes!!!!!! who knows at this rate Mitsuoka might pickup the rights and make ugly cars…oh wait

  26. salguod says:

    Someone spent a lot of money to create something that looks like something created in a redneck's back yard after a couple too many sips of the 'shine, only with better paint.

  27. dukeisduke says:

    The was another Gullickson Packard, from 1995. A four-door sedan, with V-12 power.

    Here it is, featured on AutoBlog, three years ago this Saturday:

  28. 2 sexxy cute says:

    Bayliff made a version of the 1992 with what I consider to be a much more appropriate face.

    <img src="http://www.madle.org/bayliff92a.jpg"width=500&gt;

    His "1934" roadsters and one coupe were much better renditions.

    <img src="http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/uploads/newbb/thumbs/105_4b9c30dd07f96.jpg"width=500&gt;

  29. scoutdude says:

    I can't believe that they used a base cloth interior CV for the base to build that car, you'd think they would have stepped up to an LX leather model for its' greater amount of sound deadening.

  30. omg_grip says:

    I wouldnt mind being a fly on the wall when the owner of these cars strolls into his local auto parts store and starts asking about parts for his 1992 Packard.

  31. magnumman78 says:

    These two cars are nothing compaired to the ones he was building in 1978.
    The hoods were just huge pieces of fiber glass and when the motor got good and warm the hood would droop down on the motor.
    He asked my father what to do about that problem my father sugjested he use metal braces in the fiberglass and what did he use?
    WOOD instead.
    He speant a lot of money building these cars he just went the cheap route doing it which cost him more to fix the problems
    Email me for photos of the custom cadillacs we use to build

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