Text adapted from articles at Kustomrama
Lt. Arthur Cooper’s Packard Comet
In the 1920s in Ravensberg, Germany, Hermann Spohn formed custom coach builder Karosseriebau Hermann Spohn. The company soon found favor with Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, Steyr and particularly with Maybach. After World War II, the company re-invented itself by building customized cars for American servicemen. One such example is the 1951 Packard-based Comet built for Lt. Arthur Cooper.
The Spohn creations of the early 1950s drew heavily on GM’s LeSabre concept car that toured with GM’s Motorama, particularly the show car’s rear fenders.
GM’s 1951 LeSabre show car
Quoting from the article at Kustomrama:
It took seven months for Spohn to finish Arthur’s Packard. The car featured a sliding safety-glass roof over the front compartment. The rest of the roof was removable; it was attached by 6 bolts. In front the car featured a grill-bumper combination made of aluminum. Ordinary headlights were sunk into the fenders, giving the car a (ahem) “distinctive look.” Foglights were integrated into the bumper-bombs. Once the bodywork was done the car was painted light grey.
The seats inside Cooper’s car formed a bed. A central pedestal held a five-band short-wave set and an icebox. Rear fender vents functioned as the rear window defroster.
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