Packard Parisian
Years 1952
Production One-off custom car
Class Sports Car
Body Style 2-Door Coupe
Length 218 in. (5,537 mm)
Wheelbase 127 in. (3,226 mm)
Weight 3900 lbs. (1769 kg)
Transmission 3-speed Manual
Engine 327 cu in. I-8
Power 155 hp (114 kW) @3600 rpm
Designer Pininfarina

The Packard Parisian is one of three Packard custom cars built by Carl Schneider and Peter Portugal of Eureka, California. The three vehicles were inspired by design study drawings that were done in the early 1950's by Packard, but were never put into production or even made into official dream cars. The Parisian is a European Grand Tourer that was originally penned by Pininfarina. Schneider discovered the renderings at the Paris Retromobile in the early 1990's and purchased them. Starting with a 1952 Packard 250 series Mayfair two-door hardtop, Schneider stretched the hood seven inches and used two sets of left and right quarter panels to create the tailfins. The quarter windows also do not roll down, because they are right above the rear wheel wells and there is no room for them to retract.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Packard Parisian Review.

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Main Competitors[]

As a one-off car it has no competitors, but had it been made in 1952 its competitiors would have been: Chevrolet Fastback Fleetline The Parisian also bears a strong resemblance to the 1952 Chrysler Special built by Ghia.

Unique Attributes[]

  • Full fastback with integrated trunk hood
  • Fender wings on either side of the fastback


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Design quirks and oddities[]


Earned the Best 1946-1954 American Closed Car Award at the Greenwich Concours 2005.

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