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Brooklin 1954 Henney-Packard Hearse

Brooklin 1954 Henney-Packard Hearse


Henney Motor Company went out of business in January 1955, ending the service vehicle manufacturer’s long association with Packard. Only 205 1954 Henney-Packard ambulances, hearses, and flower cars were built in 1954 on Packard’s long-wheelbase 5413 chassis kit.  Brooklin’s Community Services Vehicles (CSV-17) is this well-done model of the rare “Nu-3-Way” Landaulet body that could be loaded through either side, or the side-hinged rear door. Internet photos confirm that Brooklin has the  model’s lines and proportions right on the money. There are at least 31 neatly applied separate chrome-plated parts to set off the glossy black paint; the windshield frame, side window moldings, and thin beltline molding are cast in crisp relief but painted over, so a few minutes with Bare-Metal Foil will make this one look even better. Curiously, the Henney and Packard scripts have been left off the front and rear fenders; perhaps the restored car Brooklin photographed didn’t have them. Most photos show that the landau bars should be black, too. Inside, the dark red upholstery looks very good and the relief-cast dash details are correct, though none have been picked out. There are no interior handles and cranks, but the coffin rollers are cast into the church compartment floor.
Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $159.95

Updated: June 3, 2014 — 3:17 PM

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