Cohort Outtake: 1981 Packard Revival Kit(sch) Car – Still My Beating Heart

In addition to made up names, during the great neo-classic kit(sch)-car era, revivals of grand old marques was of course a common theme. The whole era got its start with Virgil Exner’s 1963 Stutz revival drawing for a magazine, which turned into a series of toy cars, and eventually spawned full-sized ones. Packard was not one of the original batch, but that came soon enough, and a number of Packard tribute kit(sch)-cars were available during the 70s and early 80s. This one—posted to the Cohort by William Rubano—dates to about 1981, and is obviously based on a Cadillac Coupe de Ville, the very car that was responsible for Packard’s demise.

There’s not information out there on these, except that Dean Martin owned a similar one, with the license plate “DRUNCKY”. This one is BIGTIME. Of course it is, because its owner has obviously hit the big time. I’m so jealous. Why can’t I hit the big time, and get to drive something like this?

In case you were thinking of touching this precious classic, this sign would like to disabuse you of that impulse.

Of course its sporting the cormorant hood ornament, as used on some of the senior Packards in the late 30s. And under the hood? A glorious Packard straight eight? Um, no. This was during Cadillac’s nadir when it came to engines, so if it’s a 1981, the choice was the Buick 4.1 V6, the 5.7 Diesel, or 368 V8-6-4. probably the latter, with the cylinder deactivation deactivated.

I just need to work harder, and maybe I can have a Packard too.