1954 Packard

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In the previous post we had a look at an old World War II plane. Today we have a look at another machine from yesteryear, a 1954 Packard. James Ward Packard began manufacturing his brand of luxury automobiles in 1899 with his brother William and a partner, George Weiss.

During those early years these autos were known as the better horseless carriage of the day. This 1954 model was built toward the end of the run for Packards as the last ones rolled off the assembly line in 1957, making them very valuable to collectors.

I came upon this one on Maryland's eastern shore in the town of Saint Michaels. It was parked in the harsh mid-morning sunlight which had me thinking twice about photographing it, but knowing how rare this vehicle is I decided to go for it. It was also the height of the Spring blooming season, meaning heavy pollen was covering everything that had been outdoors for a few hours or more.

Now this was when cars had real chrome bumpers front and rear. None of those vinyl or fiberglass coverings often seen in today's models.

I took a low perspective for two reasons here. To add a foreground element to the image and pick up a little flash off of the chrome and secondly, to avoid the now glaring windshield which was doing it's best to wash out the image.

As photographers we always strive to capture tack-sharp images, right? On this occasion a sharp image really shows the pollen and it's hint of yellow dust. I almost wanted to wipe the car off before the shot, but the 90-plus degree heat soon brought me back to my senses. :-)

Notice the Packard badge centered in the grille and the Pelican hood ornament, used from 1932 until the last car was manufactured in 1957. Somewhere along the way they started calling this a Cormorant but letters from Packard owners expressed displeasure and the company soon returned to calling it a Pelican. The customer is always right. :-) Like most car companies with a long history, hood ornaments took on quite a few variations over time, eventually settling on a "standard".

Above we have a look at the iconic wheel cover, or at least one of the many designs created over the years. I was really impressed with the overall condition of this car but particularly the wheel covers. For a car manufactured some 60 years ago, this was pretty amazing as everything looked original.

I wondered what this would look like in motion, so through the magic of Photoshop I added a little spin to the wheel.

Okay, so it's not really moving but hey, a guy can have a little fun can't he?

Back to reality... here is a look at this rare collectible 1954 Packard as she sat in it's parking space. I wish I knew for certain which model this is, it looks like several that I researched but I will not guess since I don't really know for sure. I simply neglected to find out while shooting the car.

So there she sits, pollen dusted and all. There are also a couple of interesting badges just above the tags, which I covered with my logo. No, not to lay claim to the car but to keep with my long-standing practice of not exposing tag numbers without permission.

In hindsight I am glad I took the time to shoot this, it ties into the overall memory of a great trip. Life, for me is all about making great memories.

Until next time, thanks for visiting!