Mystery Car

A couple of weeks ago I went to a local car show, and this car was present. So I thought it would make a great mystery car because this particular image isn’t plastered all over the internet, so googling will be fruitless. Sorry, I refuse to give even a bit of a hint, as you guys have been identifying these cars all too easily.
Good luck with identifying this car, and make us all proud.

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  1. mdharrell Avatar

    With that tail light, I'll have to say 1939 Packard Darrin.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      I saw the little red octagon and thought pre-war Packard. Looks like you are right.
      <img src=""width=500&gt;

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I spotted that, too. Packard used a hexagon, though.
        <img src="; width="300">
        A red octagon is something else entirely.
        <img src="; width="300">

        1. P161911 Avatar

          Looks like I need to go to remedial geometry.

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            It might be more fun just to go around adamantly refusing to acknowledge the difference, to see whether it's more irritating to the Packard owners or the MG owners. My money would be on the Packard owners, but I think it'd be close.

          2. SeanKHotay Avatar

            Go around at the next MG meet insisting that MG was part of Packard, using the red hexagon as proof.

    2. Jim Brennan Avatar
      Jim Brennan


      1. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

        It looks that your commentariat is the creme of CARaholics..

    3. SeanKHotay Avatar

      That tail light threw me. Is that a detail specific to Dutch Darrin? Never seen that on a Packard, reminded me of another manufacturer…
      Of course, the lack of running boards should have been a near give-away…

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        They look sort of like Cadillac units, don't they? I seem to recall reading something about what Darrin used, and it does seem like they were from some other manufacturer, but I admit I don't remember.

    4. AteUpWithMotor Avatar

      The lack of harmonic balancers on the bumper means it's 1937 or later; the lack of running boards means it's probably a Darrin. The factory catalogued Darrins weren't offered until MY1940, although Darrin did some private commissions (mostly based on One Twenties) as early as 1937.

      1. AteUpWithMotor Avatar

        <img src="; width="500" height="325" alt="1940 Packard Darrin rear 3q">
        This is a 1940 Darrin. Not the same taillights (the ones above look similar but not identical to 1941 Packards), but similar shape.

        1. SeanKHotay Avatar

          [quote]Not the same taillights (the ones above look similar but not identical to 1941 Packards), but similar shape.[/quote]
          1941 similar to this from the mystery car?
          I don't think they even look remotely similar.
          I did find another Packard-Darrin with the Mystery Car's tail light. Very likely Darrin-specific…

          1. AteUpWithMotor Avatar

            I was thinking of this, seen on a 1941 One Eighty by LeBaron:
            <img src="; width="500" height="303" alt="1941 Packard One Eighty LeBaron sedan rear 3q">
            The lights may very well be Darrin-specific, I agree.

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    <img src="; width=500>
    Thanks for all the call outs Jim.

    1. FЯeeMan Avatar

      Yup, was lovin' the tags!

  3. johndeere97 Avatar


    1. Van Sarockin Avatar
      Van Sarockin

      That was my first guess, but the rear lights are round and inset on the 810, further out on the 812 but with a more bulgy trunk. They'd look good on a Lincoln, but I couldn't find any like it, nor on a Hudson. Perplexified. Maybe Jim will post up a clip of 'Tailights Fade' to go with the reveal?

  4. Jim Brennan Avatar
    Jim Brennan

    Mystery Car Reveal Post tomorrow morning. Be There…. Aloha
    (Almost Guessed Correctly)

  5. yellofury Avatar

    I saw the outline and immediately think Packard