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I promised the other day that we’d be showing some more cars turned into wreckers, so let’s commence with this one that Tim Martin of Rutland, Vermont, sent in. Tim, one of the roster keepers at PackardsOnline.com, said that this photo came from John Grundy, and the car in question, a 1920 Model 3-35 opera coupe, now belongs to Norwegian Stein Østby. Certain details in the photograph don’t match up with the Norwegian car (like the door handle and hinge locations), but we’ll take Tim at his word, partly because the entry for the Norwegian car notes that one of the former owners was Coleman Gipson, of Lincoln, Nebraska. Indeed, there is a South 48th Street in Lincoln, though I’m not sure what’s at that location nowadays (Taco Inn?). It looks like Coleman not only fitted a wrecker boom to the Packard’s trunk area, but went heavy-duty and installed a truck axle in the rear as well.