1999 Packard Twelve concept - Click above for an image gallery
The Packard nameplate is one steeped in rich heritage, having produced its first automobile way back in 1899. Unfortunately, the Detroit-based builder of eminently luxurious and opulent automobiles hit dire straits in the years closely following World War II and eventually merged with Studebaker in 1954. Not long after, the last real Packard rolled unceremoniously down the assembly line in August of 1956. Or did it?
Take a minute to peruse this auction on eBay Motors, and you'll see that one final Packard was indeed created in 1999, albeit as a concept vehicle that uses parts sourced in large part from General Motors. Regarding the controversial styling of the 1999 Packard Twelve, we'll follow the standard rule our mommies told us about not saying anything at all if we can't say anything nice.
As far as the car's guts are concerned, it all seems rather well done. An aluminum-intensive chassis holds a front-mounted 8.6-liter V12 engine – fitting, as the Packard Twin Six engine from 1916 is often thought of as the first production V12 engine – supplied by Falconer Racing that sends 520 horsepower through a GM 4L80E automatic transmission and a Borg Warner transfer case to all four wheels.
Interesting in owning this unique piece of history? You've got just six hours left and the current bid (reserve not yet met) is at $125,100. Click here for more.
[Source: eBay Motors]