I must have had more than one photo of the same person with his/her car — it happens from time to time. Something about this shot was familiar, I’ve seen this guy before, and recently!. Just a couple of posts ago, if you look, I featured a man by the name of “Sir Smokealot” (click here to see that post) and his 1937 Packard.
Seems this guy really enjoys scraping his shoe on his 1937 Packard and he’s not impartial to any one bumper — front, back, it’s all the same to him. Of course, since I don’t know this guy I’m only guessing that this is his expensive boot scrape. He’s posed the same in both shots… could be that his right leg is just permanently bent like this and the height of Packard bumpers that year is ideal for a man of his size. It keeps him from falling over……. which explains the smile. Sure would like to know what he keeps in his left pocket — must be really important.
For styling, when viewed from their sides, cars from the 1930s were all within degrees of each other (with the exception of the super luxuries). It wasn’t until you looked at their grilles could you more easily distinguish them apart.
Have to hand it to the designers at Packard who changed their beautiful full-car designs through the years but always kept that signature shape to the top of their grille. Because of it, you could spot a Packard (Packie) from great distances.
For those who aren’t sure what I’m talking about, look at the shape of their grill, above, the top portion in particular. This grill is on a 1937 model, Now look at the shot of two other Packard grilles (left), one from the 40s and one from the 50s. The top shape of that grille is the same. THAT’S branding!
Now, if we could only convince Sir Smokealot to keep his dirty shoe off the bumper…..