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Sunday, May 10, 2020

The 1950s space age car prototype of Packard

Indeed, if we talk about the beautiful cars that have been made by world car manufacturers, it will never end. Especially if the car bears the big name of an American automotive manufacturer and is supported by a beautiful touch of Italian automotive designers It seems like it has become a guarantee, that the car will succeed in attracting the world's automotive enthusiasts. 
1956 Packard Predictor concept was known as a collaboration result between Packard Motor Car Company with Carrozzeria Ghia. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ygjWtF)
This can be seen in the figure of the Packard Predictor concept car which is a four-seat concept car was known as a collaboration result between Packard Motor Car Company, an American automotive manufacturer with Carrozzeria Ghia, a well-known Italian coachbuilder. This concept car was designed by designer Richard Teague and built by the Turin-based coachbuilder, under the supervision of Packard design chief Bill Schmidt in mid-1956. 
1956 Packard Predictor concept debuted at the 1956 Chicago Auto Show. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xnsONB)
The Predictor concept car is built on a Clipper chassis that is extended to 222 inches, with a width of 85 inches, height 54.125 inches, and weighs 2,721 kg. It has an exterior appearance inspired by the spacecraft that was popular at that time and has also inspired many other four-wheeled vehicles. Then this futuristic concept car is also powered by a 352 cubic inch OHV V8 engine, which is capable of producing 260 hp of power and 380 lbs.ft of torque. 
1956 Packard Predictor concept sat on display at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana, United States. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xnsONB)
And the Packard Predictor also has various advanced features of its time, including curved-designed windshields that cover the front to the sides, recessed headlights, terraced fenders with hood and rear deck, with a curved, box body. In addition, Predictor also featured retractable panels for its roofs and rear windows.
The wheel steering and dashboard view of the 1956 Packard Predictor concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ygjWtF)
Whereas in the interior, the Predictor offers all the technological comfort and luxury, by pinning the Packard's push-button Ultramatic transmission, then there's the button panel to open-close the roof, to adjusted and rotated as desired the seat with changeable materials (one side of the leather, while the other made from fabric).
1956 Packard Predictor concept is powered by a 352 cubic inch OHV V8 engine, which is capable of producing 260 hp of power and 380 lbs.ft of torque. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ygjWtF)
Ghia completed the project in an amazing 90 days, just in time for the Predictor to debut at the 1956 Chicago Auto Show. As a result, a perfect and awesome concept car that appeared in a blend of typical styles of an American muscle with Italian elegance.

Although it looked very futuristic and invited the enthusiasm of many people at that time, Packard was unable to bring the Predictor concept into its production line, due to the financial problem befell the Studebaker-merged company a few months before the concept car completed.
Fortunately, the Packard Predictor prototype had been built in advance, so that the real shape can be seen today. Today, this concept car is still in good condition and You can see it on display at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana, United States. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DEZO'S GARAGE | CONCEPTCARZ]
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