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    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?



    Jim R.
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    It is the 1956 Packard Predictor that is in the Studebaker museum.

    http://www.madle.org/epredictor.htm
    101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jamesr View Post
      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?



      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.
      Evan Davis
      Prince Albert, Sk

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      • #4
        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.
        Last edited by studegary; 03-12-2012, 02:02 PM. Reason: spelling
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          hot damn that is a sweet ride. Were they going after Edsels?
          1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon

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          • #6
            Were they going after Edsels?

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

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            • #7
              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)
              59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
              60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
              61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
              62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
              62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
              62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
              63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
              63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
              64 Zip Van
              66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
              66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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              • #8
                Here's a closer picture of the Predictor: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ight=predictor

                Craig

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                • #9
                  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.
                  Richard Quinn
                  Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                  • #10


                    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.
                    Richard Quinn
                    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                    • #11
                      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
                      '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                      Smithtown,NY
                      Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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                      • #12
                        How many manufactured & how many still around???...I've never seen one...

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                        • #13
                          Found the answer to my own question...only one!...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Marie Mac View Post
                            Found the answer to my own question...only one!...
                            Priced at $70,000...half a mill in today's dollars...

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