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The Nut Behind the Wheel: Leah Levin on Why a Senior in High School Drives a 1951 Packard 200 Deluxe

Posted November 17, 2021 6:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Packard 200

"I’d been looking for an old car since I was 10 years old. I think it started because my granddad had an early-‘40s Ford truck. It was the coolest thing ever. We’d always go fishing down to the creek in it and it was good bonding time with my granddad. His dad owned a body shop, and the love of cars has been in the family since then.

"There’s always been a huge car show in the town I live next to that I’ve always loved going to. They just don’t make them cool like they used to. Cars today are just not like 'oh wow!' I like ‘50s cars and definitely ‘60, for so long I wanted a ’67 Impala SS. Everyone tells me I was born in the wrong generation—it’s definitely true.

"It probably started middle-schoolish when I started getting into my hobbies like music and movies and the things that make my life what it is. I loved listening to music from the 1940s to the 1970s and watching black and white movies. I got into that stuff and I still really am. Seeing all the movies that I loved and seeing all the things like cars and antiques and anything vintage. I have been collecting since middle school, so it’s not just cars. Vinyl records are a huge thing for me. It’s also hats, clocks, cameras…

"I was 16 last year and, well, now I needed an old car, and I got super lucky. We got the Packard in late September of last year. My dad knows a lot of people around. My dad’s friend’s friend was running an auction in Oklahoma. It was all-original with the straight-eight..."

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