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There’s something about the way an old car deteriorates in the hot Texas sun that can turn it into a piece of art. Like this 1955 Packard Clipper Super, which I saw last year at the CTC Auto Ranch which is just outside of Ft. Worth. Acres and acres of old, mostly American metal aging in the fields. In 1956 Packard, with one foot already in the grave, would break out the Clipper line into its own brand, dropping the Packard moniker. The plan was for Clipper to compete with the likes of Mercury and DeSoto, while the traditionally luxurious Packard faced Lincoln, Imperial, and Cadillac. Alas, dealers (and shoppers) weren’t happy with this setup, and after the 1956 production had already begun, the Packard nameplate was once again appearing on the Clipper line. Automotive mis-management at its best!

Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com