Packard Super Eight Darrin Convertible Victoria
By 1939, the era of coachbuilt automobiles was coming to a close. However, isolated expressions of the designers’ art continued to appear, and many of these are considered icons of the age. Prominent among these is the Packard Darrin.
For 1941, both Packard Darrin models used standard nose sheet metal. Victoria doors were now hinged at the front, and production was carried out by Sayers and Scoville, hearse and ambulance builders in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is believed that 35 were built and just 12 of a nearly identical 1942 model. Packard progress was now centered on the new streamlined Clipper design, which didn’t lend itself to Darrin’s deviations. Thus there were no such extravagances when production resumed after World War II.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan, in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
160 bhp, 356 cu. in. inline L-head 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: 127".
Sources: RM Auctions; Mecum Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Aaron Summerfield and Hugh Hamilton