Believe it or not, this is from the front end of a ’54 Packard ambulance. Grandpa used to drive one for his job, and said she handled well and had real get-up-and-go to boot. “The most fun I ever had driving an ambulance,” he told me.
The owner of this ’54 ambulance has done a wonderful job maintaining this unusual Packard. I’ve seen Cadillac ambulances before, but never a Packard, and certainly not one in such gorgeous nose-to-tail condition: Continue reading
Despite my having actually worked for Chevrolet in Detroit, the 100th anniversary of the brand’s famed bow tie logo (in July) somehow passed me by. Happily, it’s never too late to amend that sort of thing—and share some gratuitous classic Chevrolet and even neon sign photos—is it? Not for a vintage car-loving gal from Detroit, it isn’t!
“Not Monday’s Child”
There are several stories about the origination of the famous logo, and even the brand itself isn’t ashamed to throw them all out for our consideration.
I feel as if we need a big old George Takei “Oh, MYYYYY” right now. Don’t you?
William Durant, credited with designing the logo for GM’s most successful brand, said he’d seen a bow tie pattern in the wallpaper of a French hotel in 1908, immediately recognized its value as a car nameplate, and actually tore away a piece of the wallpaper to keep for future reference. Continue reading