Bruce Wanta's 1936 Packard

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Eric Black's original design for the Mulholland Speedster from 2010.
Photo courtesy of Hot Rod Network.
A construction photo of the Packard taken in 2015. Photo by Mark Vaughn, courtesy of Autoweek.
Another one of Eric's drawings. Photo courtesy of Hot Rod Network.
In January of 2015 a bare metal version of the Mulholland Speedster made its first public appearance at the 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona. Photo courtesy of Howard Gribble.
Photo courtesy of Charles LaGreca.
Photo courtesy of Hollywood Hot Rods.
A photo of the engine taken January 6, 2017. Photo courtesy of Hollywood Hot Rods.
The build was completed In January of 2017. The same month it made its debut at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona. Photo by Howard Gribble.
Photo by Howard Gribble.
Photo by Howard Gribble.
January 29, 2017 the Mulholland Speedster won the prestigious America's Most Beautiful Roadster award at the Grand National Roadster Show. Photo by Mark Vaughn, courtesy of Autoweek.
The Hollywood Hot Rod crew with the car and Bruce. Photo by Mark Vaughn, courtesy of Autoweek.
February 18, 2017 Bruce's Packard won the prestigious America's Most Beautiful Custom award at the 67th annual Sacramento Autorama. Photo by Marcus Edell.

1936 Packard roadster restyled by Hollywood Hot Rods for Bruce Wanta of Bellevue, Washington.


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Eric Black Design

Based on a drawing by Eric Black, the build was started in 2010. Bruce originally wanted a late 1930s Ford with a Packard influence. Eric kept adding Packard influence to the design until they finally decided to go with a Packard instead.[1]


Coach-Built by Hollywood Hot Rods

Troy Ladd and his crew at Hollywood Hot Rods started with a 1936 Packard 1401 Coupe. The design was refined so many time that the finished build became about three-fourths the original size of the Packard. It shares a hoodline and grille from the Packard. the rest of the body was built from Eric's drawings. In 2015 Troy told Autoweek that they drew a lot of inspiration from Delahaye and LeBaron bodied cars; "We kind of mixed and matched. We picked pieces of things we liked and started to design a car from scratch. Two-thirds of the way through the process, we realized we unknowingly built something very Packard-ish. So then we embraced that idea, but most of it’s coach-built."[2]


Lincoln Power

Under the hood rests a 1940 Lincoln Zephyr V12 flathead engine.


Bare Metal Debut

January 23 thru 25, 2015, a bare metal version of the speedster was shown at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show.


America's Most Beautiful Roadster 2017

The build was completed in January of 2017. Later the same month it made its big debut at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show, where it also won the prestigious America's Most Beautiful Roadster award.


World's Most Beautiful Custom 2017

February 18, 2017 Bruce's Packard won the prestigious World's Most Beautiful Custom award at the 67th annual Sacramento Autorama. During the weekend, the car did also take home the Sam Barris Memorial Award and the Custom D'Elegance Award.


References

  1. Autoweek - The Mulholland Speedster is America’s Most Beautiful Roadster
  2. Autoweek Autoweek - Coachbuilt comeback: Troy Ladd builds some of the best hot rods





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