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Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday – A Rare 1958 Packard Station Wagon

Jim Brennan October 26, 2011 Cars You Should Know, Wagon Wednesday 23 Comments

Welcome to another Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday. 1958 was the last year a new Packard was ever offered for sale, with the exception of some rather bizarre Packard creations. For the 1957 and 1958 model years, Packard offered what was in truth really fancy Studebakers, with the hope that one day truly luxurious Packards would once again roam the showrooms. That would never happen of course, so for this edition of Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday let’s take a look at a last year Packard Wagon, one of only 159 ever produced, and see if this wagon is Hooniversalustworthy.


This car was spotted over at Collectioncar.com on a tip from our own LongRoofian (Thanks Man!), and what a find it is. According to the listing:

Very Rare 1958 PACKARD STATION WAGON. Car number 116 out of only 159 ever built before the end of the Packard name in 1958. With less than 69,000 miles from new, this car is in excellent condition. Factory equipment includes 225HP 289-V8, 4-barrel carburetor, Flight-O-Matic 3-speed automatic, dual exhaust, Twin Traction (limited slip differential), power steering, electric windows, tinted glass, dealer installed air conditioning, padded dash and padded visors, signal seeking AM radio with retractable antenna, electric clock, 2-speed electric wipers, tissue dispenser, rear-facing 3rd seat, chrome luggage rack, 800×14 wide whitewall tires. Cost in 1958, almost $4,000.

By the way, $4,000 in 1958 translates to just under $31,000 today. The asking price for this very rare Packard is $29,995, which is really not out of the ballpark. Look, it is very rare, very unusual, well equipped, and so ugly, you can’t help but love it. See the listing here. So the question is this: Is this Wagon Hooniversalustworthy?

  • Paul_y

    While, yes, the Packardbakers were a perversion of the previously-good Packard name, this is attractive (and brown!).

    If I was throwing around that kind of money at a classic car, I'd be happy to give this a good home.

  • tonyola

    I suppose this is worth the money out of sheer rarity, level of equipment, and its notoriety of being the sad end to a great name. It's still hideous, though.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      Eleven minutes before you wrote that I sent an email with the link to the auction using the subject "pretty car" to my wife, ha very different tastes!

  • Yes, this is Hooniversalustworthy, for sure. What can't brown do for me?

  • I generally try to find well thought out, interesting things to add in the comments, but today all of got is…

    Man, that is one weird looking car.

  • dukeisduke

    If I bought it, I'd be afraid to drive it, because it's probably tag team haunted by the ghosts of the Packard brothers, who would be constantly trying to steer it into the path of a train, or off a bridge.

  • FЯeeMan

    This is pretty much the first thing that came to mind when I looked at the front end.
    <img src="http://www.timeforqa.com/wp-content/gallery/daffy_duck/daffy_duck13.jpg"&gt;
    It was closer in my head than in the image, but still…

    I'd buy it for the rarity, if I was looking for something of an investment car, but otherwise, meh.

  • oldcarjunkie

    Cool find. This one was for sale back in 2009 as well. They are very rare as I don't expect the survival rate is great on them either. I managed to see this one in the barn of a local Packard collector. I think the dual fins at the back are even more odd than the front if that is possible.

    <img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1207/616045871_32c7addd45_m.jpg&quot; width="240" height="180" alt="1958 Packard Station Wagon">

  • For reference, the Studebaker version (or, if you prefer, the 'other' Studebaker version):

    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2621/3690773912_b92cdb4cda.jpg&quot; width="500">

    I can see what they were trying to accomplish with the Packard, in the face of very little time, money, or indeed any other resources, but it sure seems like a lot of trouble for such uninspiring results and such a limited production run.

  • topdeadcentre

    So weird, it's wonderful. Double-deck fins for everyone, as long as "everyone" includes meeeeeeee!

  • Just curious: anyone knows if the Packard trademark is still owned by some company? Is there truly no hope of a revival?

    • Yes, someone owns it:

      http://www.packardmotorcar.com/

      No, there truly is no hope.

      • P161911

        I'm impressed that it isn't just a rebodied CrownVic or something else (custom chassis with AWD). I like the fact that they are using what I assume is a Falconer V-12 instead of just another car manufacturer's engine. Now if they could just do something about the styling, unless they are trying to continue in the tradition of 1958 Packard styling.

        • I agree with you on every point. Sadly that doesn't change my assessment.

      • Mad_Hungarian

        Not too long ago, I might have said that it's too bad Fisker didn't buy the trademark and adopt it as the company name from the get-go, not to build a retro or replicar, but rather to build a luxury car with cutting edge electric technology worthy of the Packard name. Given the current assessment of the Karma as underwhelming, well maybe that would have only proved your point.

  • I. Borgward

    Oh, man… this baby's got it all…

    Tailfins on the tailfins, check. Baroque chrome, check. Orphan marque, check.

    Dagmars, check-a-rooni.

    I want this to follow me home, where I will set a dish in the corner for it, and stroke its beak, and name it George. I'll even get over the poop brown finish.

  • Smells_Homeless

    Sir, I'm going to sign this check. You just fill out the amount as you see fit.

    /This is why the cosmos doesn't award the lottery to me.

  • Mad_Hungarian

    I've seen that wagon on eBay several times over the past few years. I think some of the photos are the same. There is probably a very limited universe of people who collect these and if none of them have a lot of disposable income at the moment, it won't sell.

    As compared with a lot of '58 cars, the styling is actually rather conservative. The instrument panel is a nice classic design (too bad the oil pressure and generator dials hold only idiot lights). However, it's obviously a mid fifties design with a bunch of late fifties details tacked on

    • Think I know it all.

      Most of you people are junk ass tri 5 chebby people. Now them cars is ugly. Get something different and yoou arsse-holes are picking it away.

      • IronBallsMcG

        Something tells me you're new around here.

      • MrHowser

        Welcome to Hooniverse! We're glad to have all sorts of automotive enthusiasts here. As a matter of fact, if you actually read through all the comments on this page, you'd find that more than half of them express appreciation of the design and/or a desire to own this car. If you go back and read sample articles from the archives, you'd find a total lack of Tri-5 worship. Plenty of us like them, but they're not a holy grail in any way.

        Thanks for stopping in! Perhaps next time a little less name-calling is in order. You may find that our tastes are more in line with yours than you realize. Cheers!

  • Bob Hershgeer

    While the 57 and 58 models were generally Studebaker's. Had They been smart, they would have ( since Packard bought Studebaker in 54) taken the 55 Hawk and put a Packard grill on it. Put a T.Bird roof on it, Put all the options on it with bucket seats and it would have taken the T.Bird out with the trash. They should never have stopped making the full size Packard. The Panther, and the Italian concept car would have been great sellers, as would the Request concept car. Sigh if only I had the money I would buy a 56 Packard Clipper. Sigh…but I am broke. Just wish some day I get to at least ride in one before I die.

  • wohho

    “Packard”

    It’s a Packardbaker. Nothing any serious collector actually wants.