December 30, 2016
This 1955 Packard Clipper Custom, spotted last summer in Tonawanda, was from the former luxury automaker’s penultimate year producing vehicles of their own making. After the merger with (or more accurately, buy-out of) Studebaker in 1954, Packard didn’t have the cash for a much-needed retooling of its lineup, so beginning with the 1957 models, Packards weren’t much more than Studebakers with different trim. And the public wasn’t buying it at all. The final “Packard-bakers” were the 1958 models. And that was all she wrote.
— Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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