THE PACKARD BONEYARD... CIRCA 1980
Back in the early '80s, there was a guy by the name of Karl Hudson who had this incredible collection of Hudsons, Packards, and Studebakers. He was easily offended by any reference to his operation as a "junkyard", because he saw his collection as a source of parts for restorations, not as junk... I don't remember how many cars he had, but it was a bunch. When I began restoring my 1953 Packard Clipper, we bought a parts car from him, and on one of our trips, I snapped these pics. Years later, Karl died, and the cars were all auctioned. Perhaps you've come across one of his cars, completely restored, at a car show somewhere... I'd like to think so, anyway...
|This 1955 Clipper 2 door hardtop was still pretty solid...|
|This appears to be a 1951 Packard 200 4 door sedan...|
|This was our parts car, a 1953 Clipper 2 door sedan...|
|This was a 1954 Clipper Deluxe 4 door sedan...|
|On the right you can see a 1946 or 1947 Packard Clipper... I love this Darrin designed body style...|
|Karl also had a big building where he kept some of his nicer cars. Here is a rare 1953 Packard Mayfair hardtop, in cream and burgundy...|
|If you click on the thumbnail, you'll see at least one Studebaker and one Hudson... How many more can you identify?|
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