It was recently placed in the “cars and trucks for sale” section of the Winchester Craiglist website, which is published in the United States of America. It starts with a simple enough description of the product in question, and it reads; “1955 Packard, Super Clipper – $300 (Strasburg, VA).”
That’s VA as in Virginia, deep in the heart of Deliverance country (even though that particular movie was shot on the Chattooga River, which divides the states of Georgia and South Carolina).
Anyhow, given the state of the car that appears in the photographs, it’s clear that some kind of qualification is required to maintain the would-be purchaser’s attention. And it comes in the small print that follows, which reads; “V8 Auto trans. Parts car, field car” (and there we all were thinking that it was a good clean runner, albeit with a touch of oxidation to deal with around the fringes).
The advertiser then goes on to admit that his – because He is most definitely a He, for reasons that may become obvious – 1955 Packard Super Clipper is a; “Complete car except for tail lights and broker axle; which I have.” Presumably he means broken, not broker, although as with the character in Thunderbolt & Lightfoot who reroutes his tailpipe into the cabin and fills his boot with little white bunny-wabbits, down south you never can tell.
Except with this chap modesty is not much of an issue – because he goes on to explain that he; “Must sell” because he’s “Having a vasectomy, only hav enough money to do one side. Will go to scap yard Sept 17.”
It’s not clear whether he or the car has been thrown to the dogs but, either way, if you happen to be in the area of Strasburg, Virginia, any time soon and fancy the idea of a project car with some history, have a heart. Because, as the person who sent the ad to us in the first place pointed out, 300 bucks seems like a snip at half the price…