CHASSIS NO: H276082
• Glowing maroon painted finishes are lovely
• Clean and straight chrome and trim
• Starts and runs like new
• Room for six in the gracious passenger compartment
288 cid inline eight-cylinder engine, 135 HP, three-speed manual transmission, independent front coil spring suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 120”
If you’re a Packard enthusiast, you realize that cars like this 1950 Packard are very special machines that drive superbly and offer a level of quality few other automakers could match. This 23rd Series Packard is smooth, sleek, and very streamlined, and it offers a glimpse into the future of automotive design. Accentuating the car’s aerodynamic profile is lovely maroon paint, a period-perfect choice that makes the car look elegant and correct. Restrained use of chrome and stainless-steel was a hallmark of Packard design, and the brightwork on this car is in very nice shape, perhaps even original. This car also wears accessories like the windshield visor, back-up light, and bumper guards front and rear.
Luxurious yet conservative interiors were the name of the game for Packard, and this car sports tan cloth bench seats that have been reupholstered using modern materials and original patterns, so it’s appropriate-looking and comfortable. The gauges are arranged in two round pods holding the speedometer and clock, with auxiliary gauges tucked in between, all visible through the spokes of the very cool steering wheel. This car is equipped a three-speed manual transmission with a column shifter, but with all that straight-8 torque, you don’t really need to do a lot of shifting. The back seat is spacious enough for three adults.
The 288 cubic-inch straight-8 engine features nine main bearings and impeccable smoothness, as you would expect from the biggest name in inline eights. There’s a swell of torque at any speed and the transmission needs only to get into high gear and stay there, letting the engines low-rpm grunt do all the work. The engine appears stock, including the big air cleaner, downdraft carburetor, and generator. The exhaust system has a pleasant eight-cylinder hum that is totally appropriate and its virtually silent at speed. The unrestored undercarriage shows off years of clean living with surface scale and grease, but no glaring issues, suggesting this car has always been superbly maintained and carefully used.