My dad had a 110 model when I was a kid (late 60's) and I loved riding around in the thing. Great picture.
The Packard Predictor was one of the company’s last triumphs. The Predictor’s design is credited to Richard Teague and it was built on a stock Clipper chassis by Ghia. Ghia completed the project in an amazing 90 days, just in time for the Predictor to debut at the 1956 Chicago Auto Show. It was created to ‘gauge public opinion on concepts in product improvement and advancement under study by Packard-Clipper product planners,’ according to company officials. ‘
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One of the Predictor’s most visible features is its electrically operated T-tops. The back-glass is also electrically operated as are the headlight doors and side windows. It features retractable roof panels, a retractable rear window, and Packard’s push-button Ultramatic transmission. Power is from a 374 cub-inch V8 engine offering 290 horsepower.
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Carrozzeria Viotti, an Italian coachbuilder established in 1921, gained success by producing both exclusive custom vehicles and more affordable yet high-quality cars. After World War II, they introduced the “Giardinetta,” a functional wooden wagon that became synonymous with the Italian term for “station wagon.”
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These wagons served as both practical vehicles and showcases of craftsmanship during a declining era of coachbuilding. Viotti created refined versions on upscale chassis, including the Lancia Aurelia, which featured a powerful V6 engine.
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Only a limited number of these Giardinetta wagons were produced, with just two surviving examples on the B53 chassis, known for their stylish design by Giovanni Michelotti.
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