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Possibly the best line up ever outside the United States of classic Packard motor vehicles will be on display at next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.
The Packard Car Club of New Zealand has organised a rally which will culminate with the cars being on display over the three days of the Airshow 2018. Among the 50 vehicles coming to Wanaka will be ten which are being shipped from the United States especially for the event.
There is a strong link between the cars and some WWII aircraft also displaying at Wanaka. During WWII the Packard company made an American version of the famous Rolls Royce Merlin engine to power fighter aircraft and bombers. The Packard Merlin V12 engine was fitted to many aircraft types, including the P-40 Kittyhawk and P-51 Mustang. A number of these will be flying at Warbirds 2018. So Packard V12 engines will be both on the ground and in the air.
Over the years there have been numerous classic car displays at Warbirds Over Wanaka. It’s fitting that for our 30th anniversary celebrations we have such a world-class collection of cars on display. Back in the late 1920s early 1930s you could buy 20 Model A Ford for what it would cost you for just one Packard. The value of the cars on display at Wanaka will run into the many millions of dollars.
The cars coming from the United States all belong to members of the Classic Car Club of America. You can’t just buy any old Packard and apply to be a member of this club. There are strict entry requirements which means cars in the club are really the best of the best.
Along with some of the world’s best examples of Packard engineering will be some other rare cars including a 1936 Cadillac Town Car from New York believed to be one of only a handful still in the world.