This rare 1958 Packard station wagon marked the end of an era as its styling reflected the popular vision of the future. Found through Hooniverse.com, this piece of automotive history is one of the last Packard station wagons produced for sale as the brand’s demise came after the 1958 model year. It is available through www.collectioncar.com and the listing can be viewed here.
The styling cues on this model are classically 1950’s. From the molded hood scoop and “jet-age” evoking front end to the swept rear fenders, this car gives the impression that it’s still in motion even when parked. Sporty white wall tires add flair to the package and a sedate, yet stately two-tone paint scheme reminds everyone that see’s you in it that you are a pillar of society. After all, we don’t want to alarm the neighborhood!
While exterior styling tried to touch the romance of the modern era, the functional design was aimed squarely at the looming realities of family life in suburbia. Dependable V-8 power, 4-barrel carburetor, a three-speed automatic transmission, dual exhaust, limited slip differential, nine-passenger seating and a spacious cargo carrying capacity made this station wagon a practical answer for the needs of the suburban family whether it was used for work, kids, groceries, or bowling night.
But who wants to just be practical? This car has rare luxuries for those times! High-end options such as power steering, electric windows, tinted glass, air conditioning, padded dash and padded visors, signal seeking AM radio with retractable antenna, electric clock, 2-speed electric wipers, tissue dispenser and a chrome luggage rack made coping with the ever increasing time spent in the car and on the road much less of a chore and more of a pleasure.
Having a car like this can put a smile on your face. And in the end, that is what the car culture is all about!