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Junkyard Gem From the Old Days – 1913 Packard 2-48 Roadster

Other than a few individuals, the antique car collecting hobby did not get started until the early-1930s. Samuel E. Baily of Bala-Cynwyd, PA, is considered by most on the East Coast as being one the first individuals to restore a car in 1935 (an early Pierce-Arrow.)

Smith Hempstone Oliver was another collector, who attended the old car meets that began during the mid-1930s in New York, Pennsylvania and New England. He also hunted for antique cars in his spare time and went on a number of excursions with fellow collectors looking for and picking up automobiles they had purchased. Along with him went his trusty camera to record the occasion.

1913 Packard Series 2-48 Roadster

  • View of the large Packard 2-48 525 c.i. T-head engine.

The circumstances behind why this 1913 Packard 2-48 Roadster was in a junkyard, and when during the 1930’s Oliver took these photos is not known. The Packard may have been converted into a roadster with modernized fenders added and the windshield angled back to the rear. View 1913 factory photos that include the Packard 2-48 in our earlier coverage.

The photos are from the Smith Hempstone Oliver collection courtesy of The Revs Institute Research Library.

1913 Packard Series 2-48 Roadster II

21 responses to “Junkyard Gem From the Old Days – 1913 Packard 2-48 Roadster

  1. EZ restoration, all there, air in the tires and fresh gas, you could probably drive it home. First reasonable offer.

  2. I have seen other pics of early junkyards. It’s enough to make a grown man cry thinking of all the vintage machines that were converted into washing machines, etc. The scrap drives of WWII alone was responsible for the destruction of many thousands of “almost drivable” antiques.

  3. Definitely a cut down touring. Looks like the entire wheels have been changed. I don’t recognize the hubcaps. Amazing photos. Let’s hope they brought it home…

      • I went back and looked at a series of Packard’s contemporary ads and it looks pretty stock except the wheels and the fenders radiused in the rear…the windshield is raked but all the detailing about the cowl and doors appear to be as advertised… maybe not as shiny, These minor alterations wouldn’t have been beyond Packard when new at that time… just makes you drool.

        • Found another ad w/ the rear fenders as/per the junkyard roadster… on further, closer inspection the “JR” front fenders do not have a leading drop lip detail that appears to be standard on all pictured models in the ads. Also the upholstery details appear to be the same… hope someone rescued “JR”.

    • I agree. I told friends decades ago that Pacers and Gremlins would be valued like Metropolitans and Bantams and they laughed. Early Hondas are already being sought after and restored! Back in the 70s I scrapped a 64 and 65 Riviera and a 65 Imperial and several 66 Chevelle 2door HT!

      Just this weekend I saw someone driving what looked to be a fresh restoration of on of those mid 70s Vega coupes with the formal roofline! It’s 40 years old!

    • It may have survived – This set of photos was also featured in the VMMCA “Bulb Horn” magazine and if I remember correctly there may have been more info about it with the images.

  4. Heartbreaking isn’t it? The “Just a Car Guy” blog recently had a pic of a WWII scrape drive with a flat top T sedan sitting in the pile. Looked like perfectly straight sheet metal!

  5. Sam Baily’s Pierce is still looking good and going strong. We had it out to the Stan Hywet Concours in 2014 and did the tour on Saturday. Lost the brakes only a couple of miles from the start. Clay Green was driving and used the E brake to finish the run. Clay and I had to do a repair to the brakes in a local restaurant parking lot to get going again, but we made it!

    I’ve personally driven the car and it is a sweetie pie. A fast, powerful sweetie pie. Sam and Mabel Baily actually drove this car 2,500 miles round trip to compete in the Glidden tour in 1947. The tour mileage was on top of that!

  6. A W.C. FIELDS Comedy called: “Road Hogs” began with a struggling couple “just beginning to see a profit” at their (1932) Tea Room: They could finally purchase a ’32 Ford Tudor Sedan, which was immediately wrecked by a “ROAD-HOG”! The “restitution” was going to junkyards and buying HUGE, OLDER Cadillacs, Lincolns, Packards and Pierce Arrows : Also hired, were a group of young men that drove these HUGE Heavy cars in a Convoy and Mr. Fields would “use them up”, one by one, — by purposely colliding with ROAD HOGS! In the Real World , Independent Garages AND Car Dealers would cut away most of the body, and mount a hand operated WINCH and substantial “HOOK” Rig — to become a very powerful Tow Car! Many of these were still around , way after WW-2 and the only thing that made many of these HUGE “home brews” GO AWAY — was when BUMPERS that one could HOOK UP TO — went away, with the cheaper ways to make a car or small truck . Simply stated: There was nothing left to HOOK UP TO! So: these late 20’s early & mid 30’s Hand-made tow trucks “bowed out ” and retired to Bone Yards & Scrappers ! At this time, the “Holmes Wrecker” became very popular, —as it could TOW the newer FLIMSY cars! Edwin W.

    • This is a GREAT Film, especially the “Road Hog” segment. The feature is actually entitled “If I had a Million”, from 1932, and consists of five stories linked together by a dying tycoon who wishes to leave his fortune to five deserving individuals. Other stars include Gary Cooper, George Raft, Charlie Ruggles, Jean Harlow, Charles Laughton, etc.

      While the Fields segment may make us cringe today at the wanton destruction of dozens of 1920’s luxury cars, it is a devilishly funny romp, and one of the rare Fields roles where he actually shows signs of tenderness towards his wife. 🙂

      Another great Fields / car film is his silent feature: “Sally of the Sawdust” – great car chase involving Fields on the then-deserted Long Island Motor Parkway.

  7. Samuel E. Baily must have been pretty well off financially to spend money on restoring a car in 1935. That was in the middle of the depression. I would think that a number of people thought he was a few French fries short of a Happy Meal to spend money on an old car during that period of time. I wonder if that car is still around.

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