When Pendleton meets Packard: A Disneyland Mystery

A Packard with History

When Ty Bennet sent us photos of this pristine Packard, we were impressed AND intrigued.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody

According to Ty, we were looking at the following: 1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody. Restored. Excellent condition. Lexington Green Metallic paint. Powerful and Smooth Straight 8 engine.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody

Here’s a photo of that engine…

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody - engine shot

More from Ty: High Speed rear gear for modern touring. Plaid “Highlander” style interior. Real Wood Northern Birch rails over maple panels. Burl wood grained dashboard and door trim. Radial wide white wall tires. Ready for Summer touring.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, rear view

This car has beautiful lines and trim.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, rear view

But here’s a little more visual information on the interior of the car. 

Does that upholstery fabric ring a bell? Door panels, too.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, doors open

Rear interior–even the ashtray is covered in the tartan.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, interior

Yes, that is very definitely a Pendleton fabric, a traditional tartan. And look at the label!

Pendleton DIsneyland label

A History Mystery

We’ve worked with truck and car companies on co-branded interiors in the past, but we don’t have any information on this particular car. This car is labeled with the special Disney label we used on clothing in our Frontierland Dry Goods Emporium. We don’t know if the fabric was purchased there, or if the car was upholstered as part of a display. Perhaps some fans might have information or memories?

Our president, Mort Bishop III, explained, “I am not aware of this project forWalt Disney. However with our Pendleton exhibit and store in Frontierland we worked closely with Walt Disney…Pendleton was one of the three original lessees in the park when it opened. It would not surprise me if we provided fabric to him for a Packard.”

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, dashboard and steering wheel

Birch over Maple wood panels and dash; it’s made like a boat inside–what craftsmanship.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, interior of rear compartment

Ty sold the car to a private party at auction. Someone has a nice touring vehicle for all seasons.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, parked in the snow
1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, parked in the snow

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