Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 16th – 19th, 2014 at Russo and Steele''s 14th Annual Monterey California Auction. Please contact us for more information. This 1949 Packard Custom Convertible is 19 feet long with a 157-inch wheelbase! This beauty was custom-built by well-known U.S. coachbuilder Bayliff out of Lima, Ohio. They spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and several years building this car, which was a prototype for what was going to be a limited production run. Unfortunately, they never built any others, although of course, that makes this one even more exclusive! C. Budd Bayliff was a huge Packard enthusiast who purchased the rights to the Packard name and trademarks in 1978 and soon introduced a line of Packard Custom Sedan and Coupe replicars based on late-model GM passenger cars at his 2100 Harding Highway shop in Lima, Ohio. His replicars ranged from simple cosmetic changes to elaborate body modifications such as new front and rear body structures with early-1930s style clamshell front fenders with side-mounts and a separate trunk. The front ends of some of Bayliff''s modern Packards look remarkably like those found on the 1970s Stutz and are often mistaken for them at car shows. A long-wheelbase Bayliff Packard was built for professional boxer Ernie Holmes in the early 1980s. This particular one-off was built in 2000. At 19 feet long with a 157-inch wheelbase, this very impressive car sports a 260-hp Ford 5.4-liter V-8, automatic transmission, and power everything: windows, steering, brakes, even the top! Features include disc brakes and dual Duesenberg-style exhaust, custom true knock-off 100-spoke wire wheels with wide whitewalls, Haartz cloth convertible top with tan leather top boot, Darrin-style seats in beautiful soft leather (this is a 4-seater car), a beautiful banjo steering wheel, super-nice dash and gauges, electric locking trunk, and much more. It is air-conditioned too! The only one in the world, it is like brand new with super-low miles showing since built. Always garaged and pampered as it should. Classic elegance from the 30s, combined with trouble-free modern drivetrain and easy maintenance. The ultimate big boy’s toy. Instant celebrity status where ever you go! A "king of the hill" kind of car. Titled as a 1949 Packard, so you can easily register and insure this true masterpiece!