Packard Super Eight 160 Town Car
By 1940, Packard’s model line had come to include the mainstream One-Ten (formerly the Packard Six) and One-Twenty models, topped by the senior Super Eight One-Sixty and Custom Super Eight One-Eighty lines. While the legendary Packard Twelve was discontinued after 1939, the top Packard engine choice was now the 356 cubic inch straight eight. With a 160-horsepower rating, smooth operation and prodigious torque, the eight more than capably filled the Twelve’s shoes. This engine was now standard on the One-Sixty and One-Eighty models, which rode a variety of wheelbase lengths and a wide variety of elegant body designs.
Known as the Nineteenth Series, the 1941 Packard model line continued the styling innovations that were pioneered during the prior year, along with a variety of detail updates. With their robust powertrain, independent front suspension and soft, smooth ride, Packard’s Super Eight One-Sixty models remain highly desirable today for their drivability and usability, in addition to their high quality and stately character.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
160 bhp, 356 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension and live rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 138"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Hugh Hamilton