Packard One-Twenty Convertible Victoria

In the late 1930s, the coachbuilt era, for all intents and purposes, drew to a close. Before it did, however, some of the most exciting cars of the period appeared, exemplified by the famed “Darrin Packards,” with bodies by famed designer Howard A. “Dutch” Darrin. Today, Darrin’s creations are best known for their lovely lines and the distinctive “Darrin Dip” in the doors. His initial designs on the Packard 120 chassis were an unqualified triumph of modern design, and quickly, his order backlog began to grow.

It is believed that only about eight Model 1701 Packard Eights were given the Darrin Convertible Victoria treatment. Furthermore, it appears only 30 Packard Darrins were produced in Hollywood between 1937 and 1941 (later cars were produced by Packard in Connersville, Indiana). These numbers include five built in 1940 and one built for Errol Flynn in 1941. Darrin’s cars are extremely popular today. They offer the drivability of Packard’s excellent prewar chassis combined with the panache of Darrin’s rakish body design. The fact that they are rare only enhances their considerable appeal.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.

120 hp, 282 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 127"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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