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Fantasy car 09.02.19 - 1923 Packard Roadster - What a steering wheel!

  1. airansun

    airansun Feb 9, 2019

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    I do have various lusts. One of them has always been ‘20s Packards. I am told that these classics era cars actually drive very well by modern standards, unlike everything else from back then. I confess I have no firsthand knowledge.
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    Packards in the 20’s were luxury cars and more popular than any others in its class.
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    This car was one of Packard’s less expensive offerings in 1923, going for about $2,500, or somewhere between $35k and $65k today, depending on how you calculate.
    https://www.measuringworth.com/calc...year_source=1923&amount=2500&year_result=2019

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    I’d love this car.
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    OMG the steering wheel!
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    It even has side curtains!
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    When cars were cars!

    Very nicely restored.
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    Only $65k. Not even a nice 2915. Found on Hemmings. 1923 Packard Six Series 126 "Runabout" Roadster Convertible
    https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/packard/six/2206421.html

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    Remember: Lust need not descend into covetousness

    I learned that from Jimmy Carter’s famous Playboy interview. :D


    Go ahead. Get in. You know you want to.
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    It runs very well:
     
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  2. noelekal

    noelekal Feb 9, 2019

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    Would you just quit it with the neato car threads?!!!

    You're killin' me.

    I love 1920s to mid-1930s Packards.

    O face it! I just love vintage cars.
     
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  3. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Feb 9, 2019

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    Driving that setup is interesting... if I remember correctly the throttle and timing are on the steering wheel.

    Killer car.
     
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  4. noelekal

    noelekal Feb 9, 2019

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    At 12 years old the very first car I ever drove was a neighbor's 1926 Ford Model T and the throttle and spark advance were at the steering wheel ...

    ... and no I'm not that old.

    It was more like driving a large riding lawnmower, or so I thought at the time.

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  5. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell Feb 10, 2019

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    Kind of amazing to look at an engine compartment and know what everything does.
     
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  6. davy26

    davy26 Limited comebackability is his main concern. Feb 10, 2019

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    I understand your lust. Thinking of working on such a thing, I'm struck by how accessible everything is as compared with today's so-tightly packaged mechanicals. But I am a creature of habit, and if I acquired her, the first thing I'd do is stick a Momo on! (Sorry).
     
  7. noelekal

    noelekal Feb 10, 2019

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    Hmmm... I lead a sheltered life.

    Wouldn't know what a Momo is if I dropped one on my big toe.
     
  8. allwoundup

    allwoundup Feb 10, 2019

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    Great old Packard. While many cars of the period had spark and throttle controls mounted on the steering wheel, the steering wheel on this car might be a "fat man" steering wheel -- i.e., a popular option and aftermarket item akin today's "tilt" steering wheels. "Fat man" steering wheels, like the one in the attached photo, made it easier for the "girth challenged" to get into and out of the relatively cramped cockpits of the period.
     
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  9. watchknut

    watchknut New watch + Instagram + wife = dumbass Feb 10, 2019

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    A friend has a V12 Packard convertible. It is an amazing car and drives like a dream. The engine is low HP but high torque like a tractor engine and is very quiet. At speed, it accelerates beautifully.

    Such a stunning car.

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  10. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Feb 10, 2019

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    I think you have move up the scale a little bit.

    An easy ballpark method for consumer goods made before 1933 would be to measure cost vs. price of gold, then and now.

    $2,500/$20.67 per oz. (value at which gold circulated prior to 1933) = 121 oz.

    121 oz. X $1,300 (approximate price of gold today) = $157,200.

    In the range of some of the comparisons at Measuring Worth and also about what a high-end luxury car costs today.
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  11. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Feb 10, 2019

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    Never read it. Might have glanced at the pictures, though.
     
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  12. OMEGuy

    OMEGuy Feb 10, 2019

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    @airansun your various lusts seem to have a bad influence on me. :confused: Will you please stop posting dream cars and show some simple watches instead? ;)

    These beautiful cars you posted all the time since I'm here! I love them! :thumbsup:
     
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  13. Waltesefalcon

    Waltesefalcon Feb 11, 2019

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    I love pre-war Packards.