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Monday, October 5, 2009

Down at the Packard Dealer - Scottsbluff, Nebraska

After visiting Carhenge, we had one more planned stop on the Nebraska leg of our trip. But since it had turned into nighttime, we drove the twenty-five miles south from Alliance back to the North Platte river and the route of the Oregon Trail. We drove another twenty-five miles west into Scottsbluff, Nebraska to spend the night.

The next morning, we would backtrack about twenty miles to the East to see Chimney Rock. But as we headed out of Scottsbluff, we found ourselves driving down Overland when suddenly I noticed a sign for Studebaker Lark service. Like many Studebaker dealers I recall from my youth, this one was combined with a Packard dealership.

We swung around the block for a closer look. Sure enough, it was a Packard dealer - appropriately named, Orphan Motors.

And ready for the eager customers, inside sat a very shiny new 1946 Packard Deluxe Clipper.

Orphan Motors even had a "window sticker" on the car. List price: $1746. I'll just bet that you have to offer something over sticker to buy this baby with 2009 dollars!

What a delightful start to the morning.

1 comment:

Nick Bodemer said...

The building was originally Joe's Sales and Service, a Studebaker-Packard dealership