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jamesr
03-12-2012, 09:31 AM
Hi,
I ran across this photo on the web. What is the story behind the car on the right of the Champ? What is it?

http://webpages.charter.net/spacestarjim/StudeShow.gif

Jim R.

clonelark
03-12-2012, 09:40 AM
It is the 1956 Packard Predictor that is in the Studebaker museum.

http://www.madle.org/epredictor.htm

fargoguy
03-12-2012, 10:55 AM
Hi,
I ran across this photo on the web. What is the story behind the car on the right of the Champ? What is it?

http://webpages.charter.net/spacestarjim/StudeShow.gif

Jim R.

I do believe that that is a pic of the Studebaker National Museum collection- i think i see Ron Hall's Avanti in the background.

studegary
03-12-2012, 02:01 PM
That is not an "auto show" per se. It is the Studebaker National Museum. I believe that is Bob Bourke's 1954 Starliner next to the Predictor.

cultural infidel
03-12-2012, 02:16 PM
hot damn that is a sweet ride. Were they going after Edsels?

tbredehoft
03-12-2012, 02:32 PM
Were they going after Edsels?

No, they were leading the way, predated Edsel by a year or so.

Warren Webb
03-13-2012, 12:32 AM
Two years, the Predictor made the circuit in 1956 & has a few innovations notibly the reverse slope rear window later found in the 60's called the "Breezeway Window" on Mercury's. The roof over the front seats rolled inwards as a unique sunroof & of course, the opera windows in the C pillar. It was with the usual excess found in dream cars of that era but Packard had a way with innovation. I have a book called "OK FOR DRIVE-A-WAY" that outlines how a Packard was built. In it there is a portion talking about developing & road testing new ideas. One of them was what they called "radar brakes" which now we see in premium cars. (brakes that activate by themselves when the driver doesnt to avoid hitting an object in front)

8E45E
03-13-2012, 12:40 AM
Here's a closer picture of the Predictor: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?52862-Orphan-of-the-Day-07-16-1956-Packard-Predictor&highlight=predictor

Craig

Studebaker Wheel
03-13-2012, 12:41 AM
I have had the dubious honor of being one of the few people alive who has ridden in this car (Predictor) when propelled under its own power. It was not comfortable.

Studebaker Wheel
03-13-2012, 03:09 AM
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/predictor2rear.jpg?t=1331625816

This was the day I had my ride in the Packard Predictor. It was on the back roads of Amish country near Nappanee, Indiana in August 1996. Thought you might like the rear view.

raprice
03-13-2012, 07:38 AM
Dick, you have a way of coming up with incredible photos for us to enjoy. Many thanks. Looking at that photo just whets my appetite to get back to South Bend for the International Meet. Looking forward to visiting my favorite museum again and eating in one of my favorite restaurants, Tippecanoe Place.
Rog

Marie Mac
03-13-2012, 10:01 AM
How many manufactured & how many still around???...I've never seen one...

Marie Mac
03-13-2012, 11:21 AM
Found the answer to my own question...only one!...

Marie Mac
03-13-2012, 11:27 AM
Found the answer to my own question...only one!...

Priced at $70,000...half a mill in today's dollars...