What's Wrong With This Picture: The Horror… The Horror… Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Panther lovers, look away! The Detroit News has picked up a story on Bayliff Custom Automotive which… well, let’s just let the words take over where that unforgettable image leaves off, shall we?

“We’ve been custom-building Packard automobiles since 1978,” said [C. Budd] Bayliff, whose Bayliff Custom Automotive of Lima, Ohio, builds old-style Packards (and other cars) from the ground up and offers Packard-inspired customization styling kits for contemporary vehicles.

Bayliff Custom Automotive also does conversion work for another Ohio-based company that specializes in funeral vehicles.

The Packard kit, as shown here on a Ford Crown Victoria, is priced from $15,000 to $18,500 and includes a Packard-style grille and overhood, headlamps, rear fender skirts, an oval rear window, stylized trunk lid, custom two-tone paint, and various changes to the interior.

If that’s a Packard, I’m Enzo Ferrari. Oh, and I have a lovely original 250 GTO to sell you…

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  • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Jun 03, 2011

    After regaining enough sight to look at the picture again I certainly hope that what appears to be a Marauder in the background isn't scheduled to undergo surgery at the hands of the people who murdered that Crown vic.

  • Cfclark Cfclark on Jun 03, 2011

    I am reminded of the hideously maltreated/recombined toys that the evil neighbor kid (forget his name) has created in the original "Toy Story"...looks like it wants to be put out of its misery. ("It's too late for me...save yourselves!") For some reason it also reminds me of the Geico "stack of money with the googly eyes" commercial. Every car has a "face", and this is just a blank, stupid stare.

  • Slow_Joe_Crow Slow_Joe_Crow on Jun 03, 2011

    I would have gladly lived the rest of my life in blissful ignorance of these abominations. Just one more proof that nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American people.

  • MadHungarian MadHungarian on Jun 03, 2011

    Creating ersatz Packards seems to have been an obsession with Bayliff for a number of years now. Soem of their creations aren't half bad, especially this one: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/76/214762172_815f623fb3.jpg and http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3013/2781357313_f4e90180a4.jpg -- although the doors do give away the 1949-51 Plymouth or Dodge roots.

    • Shaker Shaker on Jun 04, 2011

      But that car is much easier on the eyes, because the underpinning is a closer match to the classic cladding.