Packard Predictor
Packard Predictor Concept
aka Type aka here, not up there
Introduction 1956
Class Concept Car
Body Style how many doors+how many seats+what type of body
Length 222 in
Width 85 in
Height 54.125 in
Wheelbase 122 in
Weight 6000 lb (curb)
Transmission transmission + drive
Engine engine
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Power N/A hp @ N/A rpm
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Similar similar (competition)
Designer Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)

The Packard Pedictor was a show car built to tour automotive shows in 1956 and display possible future Packard styling. It was built on a stretched 122-ich Clipper chasis and was powered by a 352-cid V-8. the idea was thought up by William Schmidt approved by Packard president James Nance and designed by Richard Teague. The orginal name for the concept was the Packard Projector. The vehicle had a very long, low and wide body and was noted for its minimal use of chrome and push-button controls.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Packard Predictor Concept Review.


Unique Attributes[]

  • Roof doors operated by push buttons that eased ingress and egress
  • Retractable vertical rear window
  • Unique "canopy" C-pillar
  • Bucket seats front and rear with full-lenght console
  • Hidden headlamps
  • Windshield that wraps onto the roof
  • Reversible seat cushions- leather on one side, fabric on the other.



  • Type: OHV V-8, cast iron block and cylinder heads
  • Displacement: 352 cubic inches
  • Bore x stroke: 4.0 x 3.5 inches
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1
  • Horsepower @ rpm: 260 @ 4,600
  • Torque @ rpm: 380-lbs.ft. @ 2,800
  • Valvetrain: Hydraulic lifters
  • Main bearings: Five
  • Fuel system: Single Rochester Type 4GC four-barrel carburetor
  • Lubrication system: Full pressure
  • Electrical system: 12-volt, Auto-Lite generator
  • Exhaust system: Dual exhausts exiting through the rear bumper


  • Type: Pushbutton-controlled Twin-Ultramatic 2-speed planetary automatic with torque converter and direct-drive lockup
  • Ratios
    • 1st: 1.82:1
    • 2nd: 1.00:1
    • Reverse: 1.63:1


  • Type: Hypoid gears
  • Ratio: 3.54:1
  • Drive-axels: Semi-floating


  • Type: Worm and roller
  • Ratio: 22.5:1
  • Turns, lock-to-lock: 3.9


  • Type: 4-wheel hydraulic, Bendix power assist
  • Front/Rear: 12-inch drums

Chasis and Body[]

  • Construction: All-steel body on channel-section frame with central X-member
  • Body style: Two-door, four-passenger hardtop
  • Layout: front engine, rear-wheel drive


  • Front: Unequal A-arms, anti-roll bar, full-length torsion bars with automatic load level, tubular shocks
  • Rear: Solid axle, full-lengthe torsion bars with automatic load level, tubular shocks

Wheels and Tires[]

  • Wheels: Pressed Steel
  • Front/Rear: 7.60 x 15 inches
  • Tires, Front/Rear: 7.60 x 15 whitewalls


  • Front track: 59.7 inches
  • Rear track: 60 iches


  • Crankcase: 5 quarts
  • Cooling system: 6.75 gallons
  • Fuel tank: 20 gallons
  • Automatic trans.: 11 quarts
  • Rear axle: 3.5 pints

Calculated Data[]

  • Horsepower per c.i.d.: 0.74
  • Weight per horsepower: 23.08 pounds
  • Weight per c.i.d.: 17.05 pounds


Packard spent $70,000 dollars on the Predictor in 1956.


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See Also[]

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Studebaker-Packard Corporation

Clipper | Packard | Studebaker | Ultramatic


200 · 300 · Caribbean · Cavalier · Clipper · Clipper Constellation · Eight · Light Eight · Super Eight · Executive · Four Hundred · Hawk · One-Eighty · One-Ten · One-Twenty · Patrician · Packard Six · Twin Six/Twelve · Station Sedan · Studebaker based Packards

Concept Models

Balboa-X · Pan American · Panther · Predictor · Request · Special Speedster

One-Off Customs

Brown Bomber · El Paso · Pacifica · Parisian ·

Howard Darrin · James J. Nance · James Ward Packard · William Dowd Packard · George T. Christopher · Hugh Ferry · Alvan Macauley · Edward Macauley · Jesse Vincent · Richard Teague · John Reinhart

James Ward Packard and William Dowd Packard None; Defunct A division of the Studebaker-Packard Corporation

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