May 22, 2021
Always on the lookout for the automotive oddity, I was immediately drawn to this 1951 Packard Partician 400 pickup a couple of nights ago at a cruise night in Perry at the Charcoal Corral/Silver Lake Twin Drive-In. Of course, Packard didn’t offer a pickup in their 1951 catalog (a few might have been custom-built as funeral flower cars), and this one started out life as a four-door sedan, pictured above as bought in 2018 from its previous owner in Indiana. Yikes, talk about a project car! The Leroy resident who accomplished this transformation (in about a year, he told me) is the same guy who built the 1949 Studebaker truck pictured here at the bottom of the page, which was also seen in Perry a few years ago, parked under the same tree. The Packard pickup’s tailgate was fashioned from the sedan’s trunklid (with a bit of straightening); the slim rear doors actually open, as does the tailgate; and the center high-mount stop light (CHMSL) on the roof is actually the original license plate illuminator from the sedan’s trunklid. Love running across these one-of-a-kind vehicles!
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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