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1958 Packard Series 58L news, pictures, specifications, and information
Hardtop Coupe
Engine Num: L2122
 
The 1958 catalog of Packards came with no model names. Each one was just a 'Packard.' And they were no longer built in Detroit. The end of Packard was in sight as Studebaker had taken over and many observers dubbed the Packardbakers. Not that there was anything wrong with Studebaker, it's just that it wasn't Packard. Sadly, the 1958 models did not sell well.

The Packard Series 58L were introduced early in 1958. They were available as a sedan, Hardtop Coupe, Station wagon, and the Packard Hawk Hardtop Sport Coupe. The base engine was a overhead valve V8 engine that displaced 289 cubic-inches and produced 225 horsepower. The Packard Hawk had a supercharged V8 that boosted power to 275 BHP.

All models except the Hawk had dual headlamps. In the back were tailfins, in keeping with the styles of the time.

Production was low, with 1200 Sedans, 675 Hardtop Coupes, and a mere 159 examples of the station wagon created. 588 buyers selected the Hawk Hardtop Sport Coupe.

This particular Packard is among the last Packards built. It was produced on July 23rd of 1958 and the line was halted on July 25. By this time these cars were Packards in name only - the 1957 and 1958 cars were essentially re-badged Studebakers as the two companies had merged.
Station Wagon
 
Many historians agree that the last 'real' Packards rolled off the Detroit assembly line in 1956. After the 1954 merger of Studebaker and Packard, production of both marques were consolidated in Studebaker's South Bend, Indiana facilities. The resulting 1957 Packard, a redecorated Studebaker created on a shoestring budget, disappointed brand loyalists. Packard tried again in 1958 with quad headlamps, a low and wide grille and restyled tailfins (constructed of fiberglass), but fewer than 3,000 were built before the marque ceased production in July 1958.

The 1958 Station Wagon 'combined station wagon capacity with limousine luxury and riding ease,' claimed Packard. In actuality, this Studebaker-based Packard was smaller and lighter than a standard Ford or Chevrolet, with a 116-inch wheelbase and 206-inch overall length. Standard equipment included a 225 horsepower 289 cubic-inch V8 engine, 'Flight-o-Matic' automatic transmission and power brakes.

This 1958 Packard is a nine-passenger wagon and one of just 159 built. It was rescued from a field many years ago and fully restored to its present condition.
Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: 58LS-1537
 
Sold for $50,600 at 2010 RM Auctions.
Sold for $88,000 at 2013 RM Auctions.
Sold for $95,700 at 2016 Barrett-Jackson.
1958 was Packards final year of production before assimilation into the Studebaker model line, and only 588 examples of the Hawk Series 58LS were produced in the year. These cars were powered by a 289 cubic-inch V8 engine fitted with a MucCulloch centrifugal supercharger and Stromberg two-barrel carburetors. Standard equipment included a Borg-Warner Flight-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

The Hawk is a direct descendant of the legendary industrial designer Raymond Loewy's iconic Studebaker Starliner of 1953. In 1956, it was redesigned with frontal and rear styling features and became Studebaker's prestige car. They were produced in several models and equipped with a number of powertrains.

The Hawk was fitted with a 'Continental' tire impression on the rear deck lid, a leather-trimmed interior, a non-functional hood scoop, front fender marker lights and full instrumentation including a supercharger boost gauge, a tachometer and a vacuum gauge.

This example has been given a complete, body-off restoration that was completed in 2008 to factory-correct specifications. It is finished in red and white two-tone exterior with a Saddle interior. This car has the optional power brakes and power steering. Just 30 miles have been covered since the restoration work was completed.

In 2010, this Hawk Sport Coupe was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $55,000 - $75,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $50,600 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
Hardtop Coupe
 
Some would argue that Packard ceased to exist when the Packard was no longer built at the original Packard factory on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit, leaving in 1956.

However, the Packard name continued for two more years, as cars were built in South Bend, Indiana by Studebaker, which had merged with Packard in 1954.

The 1958 Packard Hawk was powered by a 289 cubic-inch, overhead valve V-8 that produced 275 horsepower, thanks to a McCulloch VS 57S supercharger that cut-in at 3,000 RPM.

This low mileage, mostly unrestored Packard is one of only 588 Packard Hawks built in 1958 - the only year produced. It was sold new in California and spent most of its life there.
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis Num: 58LS1312
 
Sold for $85,000 at 2015 Mecum.
High bid of $85,000 at 2015 Mecum. (did not sell)
In the mid-1950s, the long-established brands were fighting a losing battle to survive a price war between the Big Three. In an effort to stay relevant and survive the tidal wave, a healthy financial company named Packard merged with the large and diverse offerings of Studebaker, becoming the Studebaker-Packard Corporation. The Packard-badged version of the Hawk was revised for 1958 with Dick Teague-designed bodywork and powered by a potent McCulloch-supercharged 289 CID V8. With 275 available horsepower, it had a top speed of 125 MPH. This was the fastest car ever to be given the Packard nameplate, and it was also the last. Just 558 examples were built for Packard's demise.

This particular example was given a professional restoration that was completed in February of 2015. It is finished in Black with a factory-correct Tan leather bucket-seat interior and engine turned dash trim. The dual-exhaust 289 CID engine is backed by a Borg Warner 'Flightomatic' automatic transmission and Packard-sourced' Twin-Traction' limited slip differential. It has optional power steering and brakes, power windows and driver's seat and deluxe radio with twin antennas. It has twin side mirrors, new chromed wire wheels and wide Whitewall tires. The odometer shows just 25,163 miles.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2016
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