CHASSIS NO: H248318
• Striking paint finishes throughout
• Bright chrome and clean, clear glass
• Room for six in the cloth interior
• Eight-cylinder engine runs silently and cruises effortlessly
288 cid inline eight-cylinder engine, 130 HP, three-speed manual transmission, independent front coil spring suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 120”
Originally one of the “Three P’s” of American luxury cars, by 1950, Peerless and Pierce-Arrow were long gone, and Packard had been forced to change their business model as well. Gone were coach-built, made-to-order vehicles of the ‘20s and ‘30s, replaced by practical factory-built cars. Post WWII, Packard was in a strong position financially, but simply far behind the Big 3 automakers in styling and design, and slowly, their reputation for building the highest level of luxury vehicles eroded. They responded with all new sheet metal, a design that briefly even outsold Cadillac but, by 1950, sales dropped to 42,000 cars for the year.
This lovely example features a clean and cloth interior, with a classic faux-wood dashboard with clear gauges. It has a roomy cockpit with great visibility and room for six. The floor mats are clean, the door panels as well, and the overall impression is that of an exceptionally well-cared-for stock vehicle. Under the hood, the legendary L-head eight-cylinder engine is bone stock and very clean, mated to the traditional three-speed manual transmission. This car is strong and silent in the true Packard tradition of expertly designed motorcars. Even at highway speeds, this finely tuned example rolls smoothly and confidently, with a comfortable ride and plenty of power. The chassis is free of any notable corrosion, and the car rides on steel painted wheels with wide whitewall tires and full chrome hubcaps. The fit and finish of the body is tight and smooth, and the big heavy doors and hood all fit and operate very well. The huge cormorant hood ornament and massive chrome grille are certainly highlights of this landmark design, and they remain in excellent condition with a bright shine.
These “bathtub” Packards have become a rare touring classic that’s comfortable for the whole family, and this fine example is perfect for any cruises or weekend car shows. Whether you want a show car for concours use, a simple fun driver, or an investment to complete your collection, this fine Packard will certainly fit the bill.