One of my earliest posts for CC was also one of my best finds: a 1958 Packard Hardtop, one of 675 built. Finding one in less than fully-restored condition is rare indeed, but luck sometimes favors those who keep their eyes peeled–and a camera in the car at all times.
Here’s how it looked nearly a year ago, when it debuted on this website (CC here). As you can see, the wheel covers have disappeared (most likely put away for safekeeping by the owner) and a new set of RWL tires have been added. A fine idea, as the prior mismatched set of whitewalls and snow tires were seriously worn out.
It actually had a blue tarp hiding it from view during most of the year. Even a month ago, the Packard was shielded from view, save its nose. Our Midwestern super-storm a couple of weeks ago appears to have shredded it quite neatly, giving me the opportunity to get a couple of shots. Good thing the windows are now up, since they weren’t when I first saw it in February 2012.
It does appear to have been kept sound over the past year, although likely it still has quite a way to go before being road-ready once again. I hope it does get restored, as these cars are something else in factory-fresh form, as you can see in the brochure pic above.
image on right: towallpaper.com
The shop where it’s parked has had a lot more activity than last year (I pass it on a regular basis on my way to work). There are also a bunch of old motorcycles inside. Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to tell you it was at a car show and running–I hope!