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Gene Meeks 1952 Packard
This wonderful car was built by Gene Meeks in 1954 . Featured in March 1955 Motor Trend Magazine.
It was stored away for the past 40+ years and it is now running & driving again with it's healthy OLDS ROCKET ENGINE, research shows that the Rocket engine was the hot rodders choice of engines back in 1954 and all through the mid-fifties! google: Olds Rocket engine history.
It is based on a Top-of-the-Line car, the Packard Patrician- thus it is still solid as a rock 60 years later! Doors open and close like new.
Only 67,490 miles.
The grill surround originates from 1954 Nash Ambassador; 1951 Ford fog lights; front bumper 1952 Chrysler ; front fender tips are 1951 Studebaker Commander ; part of hood from 1939 Ford trunk lid; 1954 Oldsmobile Rocket Engine (most popular hot rodders engine in the mid '50's), frenched trunk with no handles (hidden trunk release under the rear step plates next to the Continental kit; we suspect 1954 Pontiac fins?;the other hidden/opening rumble seat "step plate" opens to reveal the hidden gas filler!) Original 50's spinner hubcaps & fender skirts! The interior is completely original custom and very well made & stitched, VERY futuristic for its day! They must have thought that it was like something from Buck Rogers back in 1955!
This is a real 1950's custom rod done during the period, that is special! The word "Vintage" is correctly used in this case while most others custom cars are modern copies of these pioneer hot rodders & custom car builders. I also see the term "Old School" often used, this one really is from the old school of lead work builders. There is no bondo, everything was painstakenly done with lead work back in those days...true "lead sleds". Gene Meeks built it, Then it was used by a University professor until the mid-60's (yearly WIU university window stickers are stick on from early-mid-60's) Also a sticker from "Cal's Cars". The car spent all of its years in central Illinois.
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