Packard One-Twenty Convertible Coupe
Once bitten, twice shy, the saying goes. The Packard Motor Car Company, however, ignored the old maxim, to a beneficial outcome. The firm’s first attempt at a smaller, lower-priced car, the 1932 Series 900 Light Eight, had proved a disappointment, but as the Depression deepened the need for a price leader became more acute. Thus was born the One-Twenty, named for its wheelbase and introduced in January 1935.
Whereas the 900 had used the same engine as the full-size Standard Eight, the One-Twenty had a new straight eight, four-fifths the displacement of the larger Eight but making 85 percent of its power. The body was all new, and the One-Twenty pioneered two new features that were not yet seen on senior Packards: independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes. Popularity was immediate. Nearly 25,000 were sold in the first year, more than three times the volume of all other Packards combined.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
120 bhp, 282 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120".
Source: RM Auctions
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