Munkeymoll, from what I can gather from a "Google" search, this is one of the very first of, and many others like it, that Bandai put out for 'Entex', a yank company in California in the mid 70's. !
And as Packard only stopped making the actual car in 1962, it is still quite a popular car for those who collect the real thing.
I will post close up images of the parts when I crack the sealed bags it comes in, as I don't want to do that until the actual build takes place.
So until then, I will be pouring over the instructions and bag contents getting a good idea and plan of attack.
There are heaps of images of the real beast on 'Images'. so reference imagery is readily available.
Augie, I will look for a set of the handles you describe.
But don't worry, I am a most cautious and considerate driver.
And Mr Greathouse, I am pleased your along for the ride too.
21. May at 00:11:34