Gear Head Tuesday – Packard Monte Carlo Update

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1949 Monte Carlo Hardtop

Packard Monte Carlo hardtop prototype – designed by Richard Arbib

We originally blogged about the Packard Monte Carlo proposal HERE. In the original post, we had a photo of a mystery Monte Carlo convertible, languishing in Houston, TX. Geoff Hacker, who is known for finding unusual and one-off cars, found the mystery convertible and bought it. We wrote that story with several updates HERE. Then we didn’t hear from Geoff for quite some time – until last Friday. He called, gave us an update and then sent the text below. Here is another “find” by Geoff – with the story written by Karl Ludvigson.

1949 Monte Carlo Convertible

“We’re in the process of researching our recently acquired 1949 Packard Monte Carlo convertible. To this end, we’ve assembled some folks who have experience in this area which include George Hamlin, Leon Dixon, Bud Juneau, Thomas McPherson, Alden Jewell, Paul Cruce and others who have historical and deep knowledge of Packard, Henney, Richard Arbib and Coachbuilding.

We’ve been able to push our research forward and recently located a person – Peter Krell – who owned the car in the late 1980s. He was able to forward photos of the car from that timeframe and with his help and others we will continue to pursue earlier owners too.

One of the issues that came up did so in close examination of photographs of both the hardtop Monte Carlo and the Convertible. Specifically, the hood ornaments of each share identical characteristics. What we found is that the chrome wings were partially cut on each and acrylic / Lucite was installed on each.

For the Monte Carlo hardtop, the photos show the acrylic to be clear (or nearly so) in the historic photos. For the Monte Carlo convertible, the acrylic is red. Both cars and hood ornaments can be seen – along with close-up photos – in the images below.

I need your help to identify if this is something folks have seen before. In talking to some of my Packard friends and….looking at many images on the internet, I could not locate a similar hood ornament. However, that doesn’t mean that they were not built by a company in a small run (limited production).

Have any of you seen these hood ornaments below? Do any still exist on cars that some of you have seen or may have?

The hood ornaments in question do not have full Lucite/acrylic wings – those are common and easy to find. The hood ornaments below are only partially acrylic which makes them very interesting to me.

Thanks for any help you can lend and have a great holiday.”

Geoff Hacker

More on the topic at this Packard Club forum.

Close up of 1949 Monte Carlo Convertible Hood Ornament

Close up of 1949 Monte Carlo Hardtop Hood Ornament




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  1. that's jack 11/12/2018 — 14:00

    I always love a good story. I have never been lucky enough to find a ‘forgotten treasure’ but I like to hear of those who do. Unique finds always amaze me. How could this happen I would have to ask!
    Merry Christmas to all. We are on the road for a few days…


  2. Sorry I’m so late, but I just recently discovered this Gear Head Tuesday site and I’m still trying to encompass it. So far, it’s special! As for this Packard Monte Carlo, I am agog. I have been a Packard fan for a long time, perhaps since as a wee child I played in my uncle’s 120 convertible, up on blocks during World War II. I own over 50 Packards, but all mine are in scale 1:43. Yes, some of them are special bodies, and a few are Packard concepts. But in my favorite scale I have never see the Packard Monte Carlo. Many thanks for these bits of information and great pictures. I’m hooked. I look forward to discovering more on this fine site. Thanks. David Holcombe

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