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Jeff
Hagerty Employee

The last Packard that never was: Dick Teague's Predictor

One of the events canceled this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the EyesOn Design Car Show, organized by Detroit's automotive styling community to benefit the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology and held at the Eleanor and Edsel Ford Estate. In many ways it's a special car show, not the least of which is the fact that you get to see many of the cars actually being driven as they go up and down the quarter-mile-long driveway to the reviewing stand in front of the estate's Tudor mansion. I was looking forward to this year's show in part because I'd get to see the Packard Predictor, the 2020 show's poster car, in motion.

 

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https://www.hagerty.com/media/car-profiles/the-last-packard-that-never-was-dick-teagues-predictor/

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spoom
Technician

I've seen the car, and it isn't as horrid in person as it appears in many photos, but I confess that's not high praise. I've always liked Teague's work. Packard was on life support, and Studebaker was eventually "death by meeting". The union hurt the company bad after WW2, and management hurt carmaking by reinvesting much of what DID come in in non-automaking ventures. I think it's only been maybe 20-25 years since Studebaker-Worthington Electric Co. disappeared.

Flashman
Instructor

"Predicator"?  You need a proofreader.

Sajeev
Community Manager

Oops!  I will fix that now! 

Flashman
Instructor

Also, you have double "was".

kcshelby
Intermediate Driver

I'm sorry, but I don't much like the style of the Predictor. When I look at the best American styles of the mid-1950s alongside the best European designs of the same era, our home-grown cars strike me as heavy-handed, gaudy, or even tacky. I guess there really is no disputing in matters of taste.
spoom
Technician

I agree, and not because of any personal animosity. I love so much of the work done by Teague, as with Bob Bourke and others, but the Predictor, not so much.

BrianWhite
New Driver

"Packard and Pierce-Arrow didn’t survive the Great Depression." I think this sentence should have said Peerless instead of Packard.
Sajeev
Community Manager

Yeah I bet you are right.  I will address that now. 

BrianWhite
New Driver

I think the word you meant regarding the nose of the car is "proboscis", not "probocis".
Sajeev
Community Manager

Lemme fix that too! 

spoom
Technician

One has to wonder if the, "cars of the future" were really supposed to have the windshields moved so far back that you could reach them with your forehead in a 2mph crash, assuming you could squeeze past the A pillar that blocked half the front access? Guess there would have been very few cars Jackie Gleason could have gotten into.