Odd Longshots

No, I am not talking about myself although I am an odd longshot. I am an odd person and my existence is a very low probability event, even more so than most of the rest of the human race. As I have written before, my father watched his family murdered by Nazi troops; my mother and her parents escaped from their little village in Poland a day or two before the Nazis burned it to the ground.

Luck, good and bad, plays a major role in life outcomes. In my opinion, people who deny that are living in a fantasy.

Anyway…what I really meant by “odd longshots” is the last of three choices for the automotive companion to my 2016 Corvette Z06. The likelihood that either of these cars will be chosen is small and unlike the other two pairs of cars, these cars have nothing in common with each other.

Without further ado…


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From Hemmings a picture of a 1956 Packard 400. While I would rather have a ’56 Caribbean convertible, they are out of my price range. The 400 is not a common sight in ads, but one is currently listed on classiccars.com with an asking price of $14,980.

This is the last year of the true Packards and it was the first year Packards had a modern 12-volt, negative ground electrical system. However, this car has one major drawback: its size. At almost 219 inches in length (18′, 3″) fitting it in a garage would not be easy. It sure would be a nice grocery car, though.

Get ready to have your head spin:


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From rkmotors.com a picture of a 1987 Buick Grand National, not a GNX. I hinted that a car like this is under consideration and here it is.

At about 200 inches in length one of these would have no difficulty fitting in a garage. With four seats and a trunk this car would be more than adequate as a grocery car. With 245 HP/355 LB-FT of torque in a 3,300 pound car, these cars are probably a lot of fun to drive. Of the 29 non-GNX 1987 Buick Regal Grand Nationals/Regals listed currently on Hemmings, six have an asking price under $20,000.

Which one of these would you prefer? Yes, it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, but I think that makes it more fun.







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4 thoughts on “Odd Longshots

  1. I think that I would still stay in the Buick family. Only because it would be easier to repair and to source parts. Plus it also has more safety features.


  2. I’m actually wrestling with this one.

    C/2 does make good points, the Buick has some practical advantages. And I kinda like it bookending with your Corvette, sort of GM high performance for their eras.

    One thing about the Buick also is, people know it. It would attract people at Cars n Coffee because they recall them as I do, one of the new cars I desired as I got my license. The drawback though is… the Buick probably already shows up at Cars n Coffee with the 5.0 Mustangs and IROCs. Enter the Packard. Almost guaranteed to spark conversation as passers by ask what’s a Packard and are you sure it’s not a modified 57 Chevy…

    I’m going to go with the Packard. In the end I think the GN is a little too close to the Corvette in purpose, the Packard is a big comfortable cruiser, likely to garner more attention from dyed in the wool car folks. And, while I don’t think cars of the 1950s will see much appreciation dollar-wise, I have a feeling it’ll be easier to snag a good GN further on in years, should the mood hit.


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