The soon-to-be history Packard brand was already in the hands of the soon-to-be history Studebaker brand by the time the 1957 and 1958 "Packardbakers" were produced. Based on the Studebaker President, the Packard name was retained in the hopes of building a luxury Packard line in the future. Money was tight, so most of the styling is done rather cheaply and in a way that made them merely nice Studebakers. Given their lack of popularity, the models are quite rare. Among the most rare is the station wagon.
In 1958, just 158 of the wagons were produced making the remaining ones some of the most collectible Packards/Studebakers. We once called this car uglier than the Aztek, but it has a certain niche appeal. [The Studebaker Page]