Become a LeMons Legend – Buy this 1952 Green Bay Packard and win the coveted Index of Effluency Award!

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Every so often, you run across a great eBay Motors listing, and your mind bristles at what you could do with item offered. Well, this listing has to rank as one of the greats, because the item in question is a Green Bay Packard… I’ll wait until that sinks in. Got it? OK, now let’s see what we can do with this magnificent beast because it’s now for sale at a starting bid of only $800.

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There is so many possibilities… However, my recommendation is to prepare this historic piece of Detroit Iron to run with other not-so-prestigious machinery at the nearest 24-hours-of-LeMons event. It will be one of the oldest cars ever to run in any of the venues held around the country (If not the oldest…) and if you and your team of lunatics can keep it running throughout the race, you may end up with the coveted “Index of Effluency” trophy, an honor that is actually more prestigious than winning the event outright.

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According to the listing:

Up for bid is a 1952 Packard Clipper. 4 door, flat head straight 8, 2 speed power glide automatic transmission.
Great parts car…..98% orginal, 95% complete
Some rust in lower panels.
Excellent parts car.
Will deliver up to 200 miles for $1.00 a mile
Can be seen in Green Bay, WI

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The “Powerglide” mentioned withn the listing is actually an “Ultramatic”, but so what… So, let’s review: Old car, Built-In Theme, Under $1,000… Do I have to personally drag you off your keester to get you motivated? Are you crazy enough to run a 61 year old Packard on a racetrack to potential Glory (or inevitable death)? Then see the listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”251274077965″ linktext=”1952 Green Bay Packard Clipper” ]

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38 responses to “Become a LeMons Legend – Buy this 1952 Green Bay Packard and win the coveted Index of Effluency Award!”

  1. muthalovin Avatar

    So, is the trailer for sale?

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      I guess "not not" would be yes, while being raised to "not not not" is just the angry version of "don't buy my other stuff".

    2. OA5599 Avatar

      No. Every second "NOT" cancels the one preceding it. Since there are three, that means the last one remains, so indeed it is NOT for sale. Except in the way that everything is for sale at a high enough price.
      The nice thing about the car is that it is pre-themed. Buy your teammates some cheesehead hats and you candevote the rrest of your time to finding a trailer. Maybe this one is for sale.

      1. Alff Avatar

        Another advantage – it would be pretty easy to put a cage in this. You'd still be a rolling chicane, however.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          So that's two advantages, then.

          1. Alff Avatar

            Another frightening glimpse into the mind of Perfesser Harrell.

        2. Mad_Hungarian Avatar

          Rolling chicane, rolling shmicane. Details. Dee-freakin'-tails. Keep this thing from blowing up and it's a guaranteed IOE. There has never been a straight eight run in LeMons.

    3. MVEilenstein Avatar

      Everything is for sale, for the right price.

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    I always love it when people start telling percentages about a car. 98% original, 95% complete and what lacks is x% rustfree (how much is "some", goddamit?). I call that sloppy advertising.
    Apart from that, I have never ever listened to a straight 8 in person. That alone is a reason to go look at it.

  3. Alff Avatar

    That would be a great summer car for a Packer Backer. Of course you'd need something else for the cold WI winters. I suggest a frozen Tundra…. or maybe a Lambo.

    1. danleym Avatar

      Hmm… you could get cars with the same or similar names as a surprising number of sports teams. Sticking to the NFL, the Jaguars are obvious, Mitsubishi Raider pickup would be good in Oakland, Hudson made a Jet, a 90s Crown Vic or any of the other badged variants would work for the Carolina Panthers, Ford Falcon for Atlanta, Dodge Charger for San Diego, Nissan makes a pickup that's probably popular in Tennessee, there are plenty more. Never thought about that before.

      1. Alff Avatar

        KC fans are pretty rabid – I'm surprised we don't see more of certain Jeeps or Pontiacs running around. Back in the day, local Datsun dealers in Seattle offered up a special edition "Z-Hawk".

      2. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        The Mitsubishi (Dodge) Raider is still worth too much. I'd suggest a Dodge (Mitsubishi) Raider instead.
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        We are talking LeMons, right? Right?

      3. OA5599 Avatar

        Titans used to be the Oilers. They could have had their pick from most of the British makes.

      4. Mad_Hungarian Avatar

        And a few Eagles to choose from.

  4. LTDScott Avatar

    The Model T GT is technically the oldest car to run in LeMons, although very little of it is actually Model T or Model A.

    1. calzonegolem Avatar

      Is like 96% of it not Model T? I need numbers damnit!

      1. LTDScott Avatar

        I think only the body is from the '20s.

        1. calzonegolem Avatar

          Love it! The proper amount of original model t/a parts in a hotrod are around 20%

    2. dculberson Avatar

      I would argue the "most complete oldest" car to be NSF racing's 1945 Mercedes 170:
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      BUT it's not 100% original. I believe it had an MG motor. Sadly they left the suspension original which meant it rolled spectacularly when the rear tire tucked under from swing axle loveliness.
      What's the oldest car with original motivation? I know NSF had a 1951 Chrysler that had the original motor.. can't think of any older non-swapped cars.

      1. dculberson Avatar

        Here's NSF's 1951 Chrysler:
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        1. Mad_Hungarian Avatar

          But that wasn't a straight eight. That was, as a matter of fact, the first Hemi.

      2. LTDScott Avatar

        I'd agree with that assessment.

      3. mdharrell Avatar

        The official results list the Mercedes as a 1945 but isn't it actually a 1950 170S?

        1. dculberson Avatar

          Gah! I think you're right. I doubt Mercedes made many civilian cars in 1945 anyway.

  5. calzonegolem Avatar

    Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty

    That's it I'm out!

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I suppose you can ask the man who owns…

      1. calzonegolem Avatar

        My mind has been blown!

      2. MVEilenstein Avatar


      3. P161911 Avatar

        that one looks a lot better than the ones from the 1990s.
        But that isn't saying much.

  6. dukeisduke Avatar

    Whoa, this brings back memories – the first car I can remember riding in (my parents' car) was a 1952 Packard 250 (Mayfair) with Ultramatic. The Ultramatic bit the big one in '65, and was replaced by the '66 Rambler American 440 4-door the next spring.

  7. Bret Dodson Avatar

    Screw that! What LeMons really needs is a Hudson Hornet.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I believe LeMons needs more flathead engines in general.

  8. Newport Pagnell Avatar
    Newport Pagnell

    Road trip! Install some Go-Pros, add Favre and head to NJ for the SuperBowl.

  9. HTWHLS Avatar

    No bids because it doesn't run. It's a display car.

  10. Phil Avatar

    How are you supposed to enter this in LeMons when it's $800?

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