|Production||One-off custom car|
|Body Style||2-Door Coupe|
|Length||218 in. (5,537 mm)|
|Wheelbase||127 in. (3,226 mm)|
|Weight||3900 lbs. (1769 kg)|
|Engine||327 cu in. I-8|
|Power||155 hp (114 kW) @3600 rpm|
The Packard Parisian is one of three Packard custom cars built by Carl Schneider and Peter Portugal of Eureka, California. The three vehicles were inspired by design study drawings that were done in the early 1950's by Packard, but were never put into production or even made into official dream cars. The Parisian is a European Grand Tourer that was originally penned by Pininfarina. Schneider discovered the renderings at the Paris Retromobile in the early 1990's and purchased them. Starting with a 1952 Packard 250 series Mayfair two-door hardtop, Schneider stretched the hood seven inches and used two sets of left and right quarter panels to create the tailfins. The quarter windows also do not roll down, because they are right above the rear wheel wells and there is no room for them to retract.
See comprehensive Wikicars Packard Parisian Review.
As a one-off car it has no competitors, but had it been made in 1952 its competitiors would have been:
The Parisian also bears a strong resemblance to the 1952 Chrysler Special built by Ghia.
- Full fastback with integrated trunk hood
- Fender wings on either side of the fastback
Design quirks and oddities
Earned the Best 1946-1954 American Closed Car Award at the Greenwich Concours 2005.
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