The Addition of The Vincent Speedster Recreation to the National Packard Museum's Permanent Collection
The National Packard Museum is proud to announce the acquisition of a very special vehicle, a faithful recreation of the 1929 Packard Vincent Speedster, a gift from The Sports Clip Collection, LLC of Georgetown, Texas. Sports Clips founder, Gordon B. Logan, is a long-time museum member and benefactor.
Packard’s Vice-President of Engineering, Col. Jesse Vincent designed the original speedster in 1928 for testing the company’s new 385 cu.in. 626 series eight-cylinder engine. The Vincent Speedster featured a tapered boattail racing-type body, sans fenders, windshield, bumpers, and lights. Vincent and others, including Charles Lindberg, drove the speedster in exhibitions to impress visitors and dignitaries.
The Sports Clip Collection’s manager, Gordon Logan acquired the Vincent Speedster Recreation in 2019 from another museum member, noted automobile restoration expert, Jerry Miscevich of Temecula, California, who happens to be a Trumbull County native and graduate of Warren JFK High School. Miscevich first saw a photo of the Vincent Speedster in a magazine in the late 1970s, and in 1997 launched a nearly two-decade project to meticulously build a replica of the famous vehicle. The completed vehicle made its public debut in an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” in 2016.
“The Vincent Speedster Recreation is an extraordinary addition to our permanent collection, which also includes a 1953 Packard Clipper stock car racer replica” said Mary Ann Porinchak, the museum’s Executive Director. “Both Packard Motor Car Company and Packard Electric have historic connections to early automobile racing, and thanks to Gordon Logan’s generosity, the Vincent Speedster Recreation will enhance our ability to tell that fascinating story to museum visitors.”