With the 30-foot size of a truck, this polished aluminum-clad custom Packard Royal V-12 Streamliner Roadster is a supercharged marvel that consistently stops people in their tracks with its imposing style, design, display and power. The man leading the team of craftsmen responsible for this commanding beast is Rodney Rucker. Mr. Rucker worked with the renowned Chip Foose on the design. Working with his team, the Royal was hand-fabricated by Rodney Rucker and the “Blastolene Brotherhood,” combined with the expertly hand-formed body by Marcel DeLay.
This “little roadster” weighs in at just over 13,200-lbs and measures 31-ft, 6-in in length. The supercharged V-12 Packard Royal Streamliner engine is massive in size, and comes out of a World War II era PT boat from the 1940s. The designation PT was for Patrol Torpedo and successfully used for high speed torpedo attacks of larger surface ships; the most being PT 109 of future President John F. Kennedy. This 4M Packard engine boasts 1,600-hp and 3,000-ft/lbs of torque; the short exhaust stacks contribute to an occasional light show and an unforgettable resonance.
The aero-inspired streamliner form features brightwork from head-to-toe with a polished brass band creating a stripe around the polished aluminum taper tail body; the wheels and tires are polished alloy from an 18-wheeler, while the front axle, steering arms and visible frame structure all share the mirror-like finish. A wraparound windshield provides a windbreak for the pilot at the controls of this fire-breathing behemoth.
The car will be offered by Auctions America at its Santa Monica Collector Car Auction on Sunday, June 26, 2016, where is expected to bring $450,000 – $600,000.