There are a lot of cool hot rods, customs, resto mods and classics here in Scottsdale this week. Very few of them manage to jump out from the pack as well as this 1926 Packard Boattail Speedster, Lot Number 943. If you approach it from the rear, you half expect to see an anchor rather than the disc brakes fitted to stop it. It's a classic boat tail speedster with a twist. A LOT of twist in fact. Like 500 hp via an 8.3-liter Viper V10. Seriously.
And lest you think this is some slapped together backyard burner, know that the creator is well known as a Packard restorer and fabricator whose work has appeared at Pebble Beach, Meadow Brook, and The Packard Museum. This particular project was undertaken to show the kinds of vehicles that "bridged the gap between the Boat Tail race cars of the 20's and the production Boat Tails of the 30's." And although the frame is all Packard, it's been fitted with disc brakes, coil over shocks, a Ford 9" rear and that massive Viper engine. Lots of wood and a leather interior add more than just a touch of class, and performance is blistering as might be expected from a car that weighs about 2,600 pounds.