AUTOS: Gold-Plated Hot Rods

In Manhattan's Grand Central Palace last week, some of the fanciest cars in the world were shown off at New York's first International Motor Sports Show.

Packard unveiled its new three-passenger convertible, "Pan American," only 36 inches high with the top down. The 18-foot-long car has a 165-horsepower engine with a built-in air scoop in the hood to feed air to the carburetor, and a top speed of 135 m.p.h. Its instrument panel is finished in oyster-white leather, along with leather trim in the steering wheel and door handles. When it goes into...

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