The Privilege of a 1940’s Sport Custom

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We were extremely privileged to see a one of Joe’s incredible never seen in public concept cars from the 1940’s at the Fuelfed season opener this past Sunday. In true Fuelfed spirit Joe proudly drove his priceless 1940 Packard Sport Custom designed by Phil Lacey to our Lake Forest event to educate the crowds on how customs were done back in the day.

Al Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Coachworks in Hollywood, California commissioned Lacey in 1947 to design a show piece for his shop to build. The car was only 36 inches high from ground to top, and featured hand-formed body panels, a stylized grille, and front and rear flared fenders molded around a 122 inch Packard chassis. Doors, deck and hood were all operated by push buttons.

Thanks to Bill Oakes for the photos.

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