Packard Series 6-40 Duel-Cowl Phaeton
Name: Packard Series 6-40 Dual-Cowl Phaeton
Year Built: 1929
Driver: Roscoe Turner
Coachbuilder: Holbrook Co.
This 1929 Packard Series 6-40 dual-cowl phaeton was the personal property of the very colorful and flamboyant early aviator and stunt man Colonel Roscoe Turner, who purchased it shortly after performing dangerous stunt work for the Howard Hughes-produced 1930 Hollywood epic, Hell’s Angels. The car was still in Turner’s possession at the time of his passing in Indianapolis in 1970. The distinctive hood ornament—a miniature of the aircraft Turner used to win several major air racing events—was added by him sometime in the early 1930s. The rush of air when the car was at speed would cause the propeller to spin. The 384-cubic-inch inline eight-cylinder engine in Turner’s Packard could produce over 100 brake horsepower. The classic coachwork was by Holbrook of Hudson, New York. Turner served as chief starter for the “500” in 1934 and made numerous appearances on behalf of Gilmore Oil Company and later, Champion Spark Plug.
Adoption cost: $2,000
* One-year membership in the Borg-Warner Society (the Museum’s most esteemed group of supporters)
* A vintage photo of your adopted car
* Recognition signage with the car during the run of the exhibit
* Recognition and on the Museum’s website under current exhibits
* Listing on the Adopt-an-Exhibit donor wall in the Museum
* An “I adopted” magnet of the car
* A certificate of adoption
* Invitation to the “From the Vault” members-only preview party