Friday, August 26

1954 Packard Patrician

Pick a peck of pickled Packards.
Packard was America's answer to Rolls-Royce, and the Patrician was the top of the line. Their 9 main bearing straight-eight engine was unequalled in its smoothness, and 150bhp in 1954 wasn't too shabby either.

The Embudo Gas Museum is situated on highway 68 between Taos and Santa Fe. The owner, Johnny, has a huge collection of vintage pumps, oil cans and memorabilia; most of which he's restored to new condition in the shop out back. Not your typical run-down roadside attraction, this joint is top-notch. The 50's-era cooler on the porch is stocked with Route 66 sodas for $2 a piece. 

Embudo, NM
Photo: Bill Stengel

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