The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 126
1939 Packard Super Eight Convertible Coupe

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1939 Packard Super Eight Convertible Coupe


• The last year for Super Eight Convertible Coupe production
• A senior Packard with a lovely leather interior
• Painted in impeccable cream with a tan fabric top
• Runs virtually silently and is very easy to drive

320 cid inline eight-cylinder engine, 130 HP, three-speed manual transmission, independent A-arm coil spring front suspension, rear leaf springs, hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 127”

Packard introduced their 16th series of automobiles on September 30th, 1937. By 1939, Packard was still the leader of the small independent manufacturers, due in part to its popular Packard Six and the Super Eight being still offered in six different body styles. By 1939, the 17th Series Senior Packards consisted of the Twelve and the Super Eight, both of which saw styling improvements including a V-shaped windshield, increasingly rounded fenders and an all-around smoother profile. A new instrument panel allowed for full instrumentation with built-in defrosters on the interior.

This Packard Super Eight rides on a factory chassis with a 127” wheelbase that was new for 1939, which redistributed the weight of the car. This, coupled with new steering geometry and the larger 320 cubic-inch engine, made the 16th series Super Eight one of the most maneuverable Senior Packard’s ever constructed. Most Senior models for 1938 were still built to order, but their high price tags made them unavailable for 1939. One of the most striking and practical factory offerings was the Super Eight Convertible Coupe which offered room for four passengers and the option of open-air motoring.

This beautiful Convertible Coupe represents the pinnacle year of the Super Eight designation, and the last year of production for the Convertible Coupe. The occupants will enjoy a large roomy cabin, leather upholstery, and a quiet and comfortable ride. The woodgrain veneers are spectacular, with clean round gauges and a classic banjo-style steering wheel. The eight-cylinder engine starts with ease and runs virtually silently, a testament to Packard’s engineering. The car is well-detailed under the hood, and the fit and finish of this body is excellent, with lovely cream paint and straight chrome bits throughout. The side-mounted spares with metal covers are literally swallowed up by the sweeping front fenders. For 1939, Packard produced 3,962 Super Eights and, as always, they were built to the highest standards, and remain one of the finest American cars of the pre-war era.

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