Packard Super Eight Sedan
Following World War II, the remaining independent American auto manufacturers worked feverishly to beat the “Big Three” to market with their completely new automotive designs. Packard was no exception. The all-new 22nd Series was introduced in August 1947, and since Packard did not limit itself to model year changeovers unlike its larger competitors, the new models were marketed until May 1949.
The new Packard models featured clean and streamlined “Free-flow” styling. Radically rounded, they featured an elongated hood, an “ox-yoke” upper grille, and a horizontal, wraparound lower grille. The New York Fashion Academy chose the new 22nd Series Packard line as its “Fashion Car of the Year” for 1948, and Packard’s Custom Victoria Convertible Coupe was honored at automobile salons and concours events worldwide. More important, however, was the smooth, quiet and solid operation that distinguished Packard from its competitors. With remarkable durability and longevity designed into the cars from the outset, all components were truly overbuilt. However, at the end of the postwar seller’s market, buyers quickly began to favor the more glamorous automobiles and styling trends characteristic of the American car market of the 1950s.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
145 bhp, 327 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine with Carter two-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs, solid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"
Source: RM Auctions