1958 Packard Station Wagon, 1 of 149

Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1958 Packard
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Category  Classic Cars

1958 Packard Wagon Although rather rough around the edges, this 1958 Packard Wagon is one of approximately 149 produced. Built in a time when Packard and Studebaker were merging, these Packards unfortunately, were little more than Studebakers with some extra body bits tacked on.. On this particular car, the additional fins and quad headlights are obvious add-ons. The hood, front facia and fins are fiberglass, the headlight pods are metal. The known history of this car is that it was owned .....
for many years (well over 25 from what I've been able to research) by famed/infamous Studebaker collector/hoarder Ron Hackenburger. She spent most of her time crammed into one of several old farm buildings where Ron had most of his collection stored. It was auctioned off by the Van der Brink family back in 2017 as part of a 600+ vehicle collection, many (most) of the cars in sorry shape similar to this one. It was purchased by a dealer out of Indiana and then the current owner purchased it in early 2018. This wagon was considered a luxury wagon, similar to what a Cadillac Escalade would be today. It has a 289 Studebaker V8 w/4 bbl carb. that pushes about 225 HP through an 3 speed Flight-O-Matic automatic transmission. This car has AC, a seat heater, Power steering and power brakes. It DOES currently run and "drive", although it wouldn't be suggested to even take her down the street for coffee, she's in need of an exhaust and the brakes will stop her if she's creeping along in the driveway but may not do so well from even 20-30 mph. It does come with all new flat glass and replacement tail light lenses. As can be seen, the car has some rust issues but isn't rotted out and the interior looks like a few raccoons had one hell of a party. The floors and frame are actually very solid, the doors are where most of the bad rust is. The current owner admits to having eyes bigger than his wrenches buying it with the idea of restoring her, and setting her next to his 58 Packard 2 door coupe and 58 Packard 4 door sedan, but with multiple other cars that have needs, and several months going by and the car not really moving, he feels he won't be able to give this one the love she needs. Asking price is $7000 obo. Any questions, for MANY more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her in person or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
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AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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