Anthony Rehling at age thirty went to work at the new styling section organized in 1953 at the Packard Motor Company. The studio was headed at the time by Bill Schmidt, who hired Dick Teague after he left the General Motors design studios where Rehling had also worked at the time. Packard soon after merged with Studebaker in 1954.
In August of 1956 Rehling and his co-workers went to work on this new Studebaker-Packard styling concept for a sports car that was slated to compete with the Thunderbird. These images of the process give one much more insight into of the modeling process than is normally seen. The first four photos show the form just starting to take shape with the application of clay to the wooden armature.
The last four photos above and below show the final shape of the quite modern-looking model trimmed with wheel covers and a grille. Rehling’s recollections mention that this model ended up wearing a Studebaker badge, which leaves us with a couple of unanswered questions: Did this model make it any farther through the design process? Was it ever given a name?
The photos and information for this post came from Last Days In The (Packard) Bunker: A Clay Modeler’s Memories via Deans Garage, where you can read the rest of Rehling’s interesting story that ends with Packard closing. Can any of our readers tell us anything more about this uniquely-styled model?