ling, Gabe Clark (this is the "Lord of Hollywood" 1930 with silly mustache, who played the 1 st of the main characters in "Gone with the Wind") in 1938 able to travel on a convertible Packard Eight a month, and later sold it: too much attention directed at his car, interfere ride, and girls at bus stops jump into the interior of his Packard. Эх, I would prepyadstviya Gable ... Probably, it is a myth, but beautiful. Almost like the car itself.
Connoisseurs of English language at least know at the school level, that the word «eight» translated as "eight". But connoisseurs of American art, especially retro, remember, that the residents of the state in the first half of the twentieth century tried not to score himself head complicated title of the car and often gave them names on the number of engine cylinders. Well, eg, remember the whole family Studebaker Six: machines with naming issued with 1918 before 1928 of the year, and three different models of these cars differ only in model year. so, create a first terminal — this machine eight engine. But that is not all.
Packard Eight released from 1925 before 1948 of the year. And during that time managed to make more than 10 different machines-ka. And not to get confused, also called their model year. It would seem that, this may be the brakes: I called the model and year — and realized, what kind of vehicle in question. well, I do not, it would be very easy. During this time managed to change a few more chassis, while their replacement does not coincide with the substitution of the lineup. And all because, that the body on the chassis built several companies. Therefore, the machine more distinguished title chassis (our car, eg, It built on one of the most popular Packard 120) and body type. And with a body in general, everything is bad: there were cars, and convertibles ( And as the two-door, and 4 Doors), made directly Packard-Darrin and released into other body studio (eg, Rollston или LeBaron). Besides, It was so called "semicustom" (semi-custom) body, which was built by alteration of serial Body.
Generally, ordinary people of this would have left the mind, but the Americans have gone the other way: they began to indicate more and four-digit code, composed of instructions model year body and the base length. And then, combining these numbers with the name of the body, the manufacturer and the name of the advertising (for example, Custom Super Eight), they are more or less able to understand that, that built. true, title obtained wildly long: Chassis index is not always written in figures 120 or 180, preferring to mark them words One-Twenty or One-Eighty. And the result is a very longish name, understand which could only be more talented people of America.
Animal grin of capitalism
I have to admit, that the bourgeoisie was an expert in luxury. Despite the fact that, to be honest, Packard 120 — Machine for rogue, ordinary respectable Yankees relied Packard 180. For this division must be largely thanks to the Great Depression, Packard is convinced of the need to divide your model into two branches — prestigious 180 and more accessible 120.
The difference in price for these machines was a big: if for a two-door convertible on the chassis 120 in the late 30's asked only about 1 300$, the dvudverny convertible chassis 180 It costs more 4 500$. But some cars with a body of fashion while the studio at the same 180-m landing gear could cost more 6 000$. agree, the difference between 1 300 and 6 000 very significant. But she let not the rich Yankees buy prestigious Packard, instead of mass consumption Fords. true, in the most "vegetable" trim.
Our car is not too far in the poorest performance. In 1-x, this is evident in the body — This is the case, when ordered to extraneous body studio. AND, likely, for mad money in those days. Well, and 2, our convertible — in the very rarest "sport" version. And it's not just a car without a roof, and chaise, made to order "from scratch", with its body panels. It is different, even the windshield — not so, as ordinary cars pakkardovskih. And most importantly — he had "underestimated" the engine. Yes, there were times, when the sake "sporty" the suspension spring not cut, and lowers the center of gravity in such a fun way — engine installation below, than on other machines. Despite the fact that the note, that the practice of rework production car in the chaise on the Packard was also.
It looks creation bodywork, of course, breathtakingly. I beheld not a single machine, which has so harmoniously combined to noble curves of the wings, headlights and covers the spare wheel and the direct, actually chopped shape radiator grille, lines of the hood sidewalls, of doors, windshield and windows. At the door, by itself, there motionless frames glasses. But on the radiator sits proudly eminent pakkardovsky pelican. Though, actually, Some experts have identified in this mascot is not a pelican, and cormorant, surprisingly: he appeared after the death of company founder James Ward Packard, who believed, it's all the same pelican. Fuel to the fire poured disputes painters, who painted sculpture for mascot. They picked the Pelican teeth, knocking confused and admirers of the brand, and ornitologov. 1-s saw a pelican swan, second — cormorant. Well well, the main thing — beautifully.
surprisingly, Americans in their long tradition do not overdo it with wobbly. It there are many, but no details of the massive brilliant. Bumpers do not count (Well I do not paint them as "body color", how Logan, Messrs free), and all other shiny parts are small. Although a lot of them — all handles, mirror, moldings front lights, wheels and wheel spokes, windshield frame, even the fuel cap, located impudently for some reason at the rear left wing. But in the end everything looks as it should be, not as demobilization in their own "paradke".
Motor, as we had read, eight. For Packard practicable "daunsayz" — the company famous for its V12, so that the motor volume 5,2 liters and 120 hp. It was far not the most powerful brainchild of the company. But he left a very reliable and relatively simple, what, generally, It required at the time.
Since Packard historically gravitated towards some crazy technical innovations, he was in 1931 year could boast Packard Ride Control system. this (Just imagine for yourself!) — Damping system changes. Chauffeur, sitting behind the wheel, I could choose three modes of shock absorbers, changing by a rope drive stroke. But however alas: our car is no such ... Yes, the same crisis, damn it to hell to. And the rest of the machine does not possess a huge number of revolutionary solutions. Yes, she hydraulic braking system, but it appeared on Packard a few years ago and at the time of the release of our car was no longer a novelty. So did, as is independent front suspension.
It can amaze and three-stage gearbox, which at that time it was already too frequent occurrence. true, This box has synchronizers second and third gears, but for the damned capitalists and it is not new. On the other hand, Americans, people to greed practical, decided as a function of the fourth transfer offer .... You can uhohatyvalsya, but for a fee not put more perfect "chetyrohstupku", but not completely familiar design "multiplier" in a separate building between the CPT and the clutch, which includes buttons and worked only in third (straight) transfer. Here it is, animal face of capitalism ...
true, "Stove" in the car was even in the standard equipment. It is for this thanks: some of its "clamped" and demanded a fee and for this accessory.
surprisingly, but I first wanted to sit behind the wheel is not, and in the background the couch. When he sat down to his first time, just poked fun side of the rear folding roof rack. Second time — torn shirt. In 3rd time, It's possible, snatched from himself to a piece of meat: get used to, that the door gap is wider, than the opening in the roof, heavy. Even the door itself is not the biggest, so sit back on the couch to gently.
Consequently, many cities snutri. Lots of. many outrageous! You can stretch your legs, collapse on the couch all, and took out a cigar, his hand on the arm of the couch soft luxurious, shake ash into ash tray timber lids with chrome. Though, naturally, today it is possible for a well-deserved get on the neck, and can, even feet — in the world of cars in this arrangement, there are not more than a dozen.
Get tired of lying on the couch — you can pull out from under the front of the sofa bandwagon. So all, perhaps. USB connectors and screens will start to put only through years 70 with unnecessary.
Sit on the sofa simple front. And there is quite a lot of space for two large men, that is so rare old car. So, that you can smoke here?
About the stove I have said,, but the level of the car along with her radio highlights. it works, true, only of long waves, so, I sang Vladimir Shahrin, "Come to me at night, We will listen to "Lighthouse". But the sound of the car in such a ripe old age is a perfectly acceptable. Our Moskvich-412 with their "Ural Auto" was awful. And later, years or so to 35.
Dashboard — actually symmetric. Large device before the driver — speedometer, the passenger — clock. In the center — cooling water temperature, oil pressure, fuel level and an ammeter. Sitting behind the wheel, confess, they can not see a damn thing.
But other governments over the past decades have not changed: steering wheel, three pedals (And the gas pedal — floor under the rug), Gearshift lever and fearsome parking brake lever to the left of the control column. Everything, heart no longer stand, time to go!
With your permission, Make a small digression. Almost always on test drives retrocars I come to own your own car. And, after all trips Tyeranakh and Opel I note with great pleasure, my focus — all the same completely different machine. Yes, he's not so cool looks, but it is relatively quiet, comfortable and even lively. However, after a trip to Packard Eight I own Ford was ready to cry. Well, how not to cry at the thought of, that you're sitting in a tin box poludohly, lined on the inside with plastic, which does not accelerate, squeals when pressing the gas pedal and looks dull, as a sparrow in the rain on the wire lamppost? But Packard ...
Not, naturally, drag-racing — is not his. But first gear did there "for the lulz", it is great and goes with the second. And if you want — and a third gear. motor snutri, of course, heard, but it is the sound of five-liter "Eight", even if row. And pulling it as needed ... On a relatively small area of the machine is very easy dispersed to hundred kilometers per hour, a normal speed on the highway — near 120 kmh. And while inside there is hysterical yelps low-capacity injection offspring, There is only the vibration, but it seems to be a premium (wild sounds — premium vibration, Yes? But it's true). Well, What's so reminiscent of the age?
Of course the same, steering and all, connected with it. The machine does not agree to turn on a dime, though boas. In addition, the steering wheel all the same is not the easiest, especially on the speed malehankih. In addition, he was "old school" narrow and slippery rim and very noticeable backlash.
Take turns at speeds — also not for Packard, albeit with too low center of gravity. Can, for 1937 , he was the prototype of control, but later 81 year can safely say: at the moment, even inexpensive cars turns are stable. And he's here cool heels and even swings. apparently, one front spring suspension for a good controllability insufficiently, and rear axle on leaf springs at bolshennom weight of the machine makes sharp turns to slow down. Yes, and in a straight line has to taxi, while a bit peculiar: you need to have time to choose a free play, but not too much "rudder", otherwise the machine will go on the road as a sailing boat against the wind — gALS. But if you come to terms with these features, then get driving indescribable pleasure. true, better not to go to the outskirts of St. Petersburg, and for some US highways — long, straight and deserted.
brakes work as a whole is very good. At low speeds is quite comparable with modern machinery brakes, but if you go fairly quickly, better engine braking — so it will be safer.
It should be noted a good overview, although the outside seems, that the glass area is small. Not, It sees everything ok, Only not quite clear, where it ends in front of the hood.
By the way, I come back to the problem of Clark Gable. No I did not jump in the car, despite the fact that I often stayed. apparently, case in Gable, but not in the car.
Some automotive historians accused the company's management for the creation Packard Eight. allegedly, He began to slide in the consumer goods company and its forthcoming death. Painfully strange car came — like, luxury, but not luxurious and expensive. And it hurt the company's style. Can, they are right, I can not judge, but there is another question: and where it was to go, if expensive cars really no one took? Once things had to correct, Packard Eight and cope with it very well.
Now go to that machine and it is encouraging, and sad at the same time. Packard Eight superb, but such machines — reliable, with natural leather and wood, with a good five-liter atmospheric engine, with the "correct" sound and dazzling charisma, will never be. I could tell, that years later 80 another observer sits in our, eg, Ford Mondeo, and he likes it. But there is something I have strong doubts, that through 80 years it will be possible to find a real live Mondeo… And auto browser, probably, also.