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A Selection of Outstanding Images from Imbued With Hues

If you are a regular reader here, you know of the fine colorization work Patty Allison of Imbued with Hues performs with old photographs. If you are a new viewer, Patty is an expert photo restorer, who enjoys images that include cars and trucks and she spends the time to find the original color combos and hues that were available at the time that these vehicles were produced.

Today the image chosen for the lead photo is a two-tone blue 1941 Packard convertible coupe promotional car and a model extolling the virtues on the new “Electromatic Clutch.” The optional equipment, like that also produced by other automakers at the time, was a combination of electrical and vacuum assisted components that eliminated the need to operate the clutch pedal. Packard announced that it “works on a new principal, free from the defects of earlier devices.”

As usual, the exact model designations of all of these cars are going to be left to the various marque experts in the audience, so please share with us all that you know about these automobiles. View more of Patty Allison’s fine work at Imbued with Hues and here on The Old Motor.

1938 Buicks Being Loaded for Transport

  • A GM photo that was used in Buick’s 1938 promotional literature focusing on the factories and plants that produced the cars.

1932 Oldsmobile Convertible Coupe and Single Cylinder Harley-Davidson

1932 Oldsmobile and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with a Cycletow conversion kit, learn more here.   1938 Packard Sedan

  • A posed new car moment with the happy new owner, the salesman and a 1938 Packard sedan.

15 responses to “A Selection of Outstanding Images from Imbued With Hues

  1. Again, amazing stuff. Even the chrome, which I think would be the hardest. Quick note, the “Electromatic ” clutch did not eliminate the need for the clutch pedal, you still needed it to start and stop. My grandfather’s Packard had that. It was a fairly complicated device, that used engine vacuum to suck the pedal down via a switch on the gas pedal, and you moved the gearshift as usual. It worked well. Packard didn’t make any junk. ( until the end, of course) I never heard of a “Cycletow” before, and the bottom pic, who is buying a car from who? They both look a little shady. A view into our grandparent’s time in color. Most family photo’s from then are black and white. Thanks.

  2. Wonderful pictures! I particularly like the one with the lady driving the ’32 Olds and the motorcycle. I do hope the lady in the ’41 Packard got her left door returned.

  3. I’ve been following Patty for a while on Facebook. Her work is amazing and something I always look forward to seeing. I did try colorizing a photo myself and that’s when i discovered just how much artistic talent you need to do it. Thank you for promoting Patty and her work!

  4. The photo of the men loading Buicks into the boxcar reminded me of when I worked at Flying Tigers airlines unloading & loading cargo planes.

  5. The maroon Packard is a 1938 Six Touring Sedan. Heavy top coats were what was worn then to fend off winter cold. The ’38 junior Packards (Eight and Six) sported new all metal bodies. Previously the center section of the roof/top was fabric covered. A much improved automobile that was the basis for these cars (and later the senior models through the 1942 model year.

  6. I remember sagging outside door handles on older ’40s-50s cars. I’m shocked to see one on a brand new 1938 Packard!

      • Perhaps the RR door was not latched tightly ?

        I cannot believe that a Packard (even a six) would escape the factory or dealership with a permanently droopy door handle.

        Just a thought… some of my vehicle with lever-type door handles , were subject to handle-droop if the door was not fully latched.

  7. Great selection of photos (the first especially) & the colorization looks technically proficient on my monitor.

    The only thing that bothers me is the droopy rear door handle on ’38 Packard in the 4th photo. They really delivered a new car like that?

  8. They really did a 2 tone Packard like that?
    I know if you threw enough money at a dealer, you could get most anything, but that doesn’t even look right for a 1941 style car…

  9. Jeff, you (along with others commenting about the drooping handle) are indeed detail-oriented. I was so busy admiring the color and the grill (always, always savoring the grill on a Packard) that I didn’t notice the handle . I think you should find, buy and experiment a little on a matching 38 Pack and let McMullen (and the rest of us) know if door closure is the problem. Bet your wife (my dear sister-in-law) would consider that degree of inquisitiveness — and public service action in the interest of vintage auto information — to be further proof that she married wisely!

  10. Might be Rosalind Russell behind the wheel of the doorless Packard. Looks like her clothes in His Girl Friday, qv.

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