Packard Plant Facade To Hit The Auction Blocks

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A streak of panic hit us this morning as we read that the facade of the old Packard plant would be going up for auction on August 2nd. The famous landmark serves as chicken soup for the urban blight-lover's soul, and has stood as a testament to the ebbs and flows of the auto industry since the company vacated in 1956. In the last decade, it has become one of the top destinations for urban explorers in Detroit, but time, and scrappers, are taking their toll. The facade, inscribed with the Packard name, will be sold off by RM Auctions in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and a little piece of old Detroit will go with it. [Hemmings]

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James Ward Packard is a graduate of my alma mater, Lehigh University. I think I'll call up Lehigh and let the right people know about this auction. There's already a Packard exhibit on campus, and this would be one hell of an addition.