Cool Transmission Name Of The Day: Ultramatic!

We haven't forgotten the Engine of the Day series, but all the research I've been doing for the next round of EOTD entrants keeps turning up the incredible futuristic names that manufacturers used for automatic transmissions. Back when the slushbox was the Next Big Thing, everyone had to have a catchy name, and today… » 5/28/08 4:20pm 5/28/08 4:20pm

Studebaker President? No, Packard Clipper!

Not to be outdone by her crosstown rival ejacobs, Kitt is responding to the 60-year-old International Harvester with the response from Denver's South Side: this 1957 Packard Clipper. It's big, it's pink, and it's a badge-engineered Studebaker President, a relic of Packard's abrupt decline and fall after its purchase… » 4/09/08 3:30pm 4/09/08 3:30pm

PCH, Yankenwagen Me, Krankenwagen Me Edition

We've got a virtual tie in the Playboy Jimmy Versus Heap-O-Triumphs Choose Your Eternity poll, and that's just how we like it. To get such a split, we need to pick two vehicles that trigger roughly equivalent "I must have that!" and "get thee behind me, Satan!" reactions, and today we're shooting for that split with… » 11/21/07 5:30pm 11/21/07 5:30pm

Project Car Hell: Buicked Packard or Rough Rambler?

The $495 Mercedes 230S won yesterday's Project Car Hell poll, beating the VW Type 3 by a decisive margin. It has come to our attention that some of you are confused about exactly what it is we're voting on in the Project Car Hell series- is it the car you'd most want as a project, or the one you most fear? Well, the… » 7/26/07 7:00pm 7/26/07 7:00pm

Project Car Hell: '50 DeSoto or '55 Packard?

Since I'm already scouring Craigslist every day for my next project (having come dangerously close to taking a shot at the 20R Austin-Healey) and running across all sorts of potential Choose Your Eternity project cars, we might as well keep the series going for another day (looks like the Biscayne hearse edged out the… » 7/24/07 5:45pm 7/24/07 5:45pm

Take The Dodge Over To Los Feliz: Double Indemnity

You're talking classic film noir, you're talking Double Indemnity. It's got a Billy Wilder/James M. Cain screenplay, Edward G. Robinson's best role ever, Barbara Stanwyck in the worst blond wig ever, some snappy repartee, etc... but who cares about that stuff? This movie has some great cars! As in Fred MacMurray's… » 5/25/07 1:00pm 5/25/07 1:00pm

What Will Become of Detroit's Packard Plant?

Packard moved out 50 years ago, after their merger with Studebaker. But the headquarters and plant in Detroit still stand. The city calls the site, with its proximity to rail, ripe for redevelopment, but mostly, it just sits forlornly with a total of twelve employees to fill its nearly 4 million square feet of space.… » 7/12/06 4:00pm 7/12/06 4:00pm

Akron to Boston in 28 Days! The Wingfoot Express

Goodyear's rolling out their Wingfoot Express 1917 Packard 3-ton truck, a replica of the first commercial truck to roll on pneumatic tires, to promote the opening of various Wingfoot Commercial Tire Centers. During the Wilson administration, the truck made the 740-mile trip from Akron to New England in 28 days, using… » 6/15/06 4:30pm 6/15/06 4:30pm