Parallel Universe Miata: Rodney Rucker’s Custom Bodied Supercharged V12 Packard Royal Streamliner

Remember last week when I asked if the 3-wheeled Berkeley was too weird? Yeah was nothing.  This next beast makes the Berkeley seem as common as a Toyota Prius in hindsight.  And instead of listing it as a make-model of car with such-&-such engine, this thing is more like an engine wrapped in some polished aluminum and brass.  Find Rodney Rucker’s Custom Bodied Supercharged V-12 Packard Royal Streamliner offered here on eBay for $1,750,000.00 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Winslow, AZ.

This is no ordinary hot rod build, and  the story behind it stretches almost as far as the wheelbase, but from what you can read on the interweb this thing was designed by Chip Foose & Rodney Rucker and fabricated by Marcel’s.  There is likely an episode of some terrible Chop-Cut-Rebuild-Flush style show somewhere out there, but I did find a few youtube clips of the beast.

Powering this torpedo shaped custom is a 2500 cubic inch (41 liter) Packard Royal Streamliner V12 taken out of a WWII era PT boat. The 1600 horsepower and 3,000 ft-lbs of torque is transferred through an Allison 5-speed transmission and into the rear wheels.

See another car that is 31 1/2 feet long?