A Hurricane with the heart of a Buick
We had an interesting discovery lately with one of our other Packard Merlin-powered planes. If you look closely on the side of the casing for the cylinder banks in the Hurricane … (See photo.)
Packard couldn't make all of those engines by themselves. In fact, factories at Lincoln, Ford, Cadillac, Buick, and Marmon built Merlin engines along with Packard Motor Car Company. Somewhere during the engine installation process for the FHC's Hurricane, someone must have asked that once-famous advertising tagline, “Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick?”
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