Orphan Motor Company: Nebraska’s last Packard Dealership gets new life
A Journey into Scottsbluff, Nebraska
This is one of our favorite "Smart Community Narratives" over the years. It was originally presented in 2009 as a "Journey into Nebraska" on XM Radio, courtesy of Heritage Nebraska (Thank J.L. Schmidt):
Bob Cox lives on a sprawling ranch in the Nebraska Panhandle. He sells ag real estate and insurance. He collects old cars, cars that are now orphans. Packards, Plymouths, Oldsmobiles. He also restores and sells a few, prefers to drive old Mopars like his rare 1963 Chrysler 300H and a 1965 Barracuda. A year ago he bought and restored the state’s last surviving Packard dealership in Scottsbluff. The dealer went out of business shortly after the last Packard rolled off the assembly line in Indiana. Today there’s a 1946 Packard in the showroom again, reminiscent of the one that his folks brought him home in from the hospital.