Packard One-Twenty Convertible Coupe
Packard introduced its 1940 or Eighteenth Series models on August 8, 1939, well ahead of other manufacturers’ introductory dates. The company continued to divide the cars between Junior and Senior models, but the emphasis was now on the Junior models, as sales were increasingly coming from the lower end of the price spectrum. The public was the beneficiary, as the One-Ten and One-Twenty models offered legendary Packard quality for the price of a Buick, Olds, Mercury, Hudson, or DeSoto.
Despite being Packard’s lowest-price eight-cylinder line, the One-Twenty was by no means a base model. Equipped with Packard’s 120 horsepower, 282-cubic inch straight eight and three-speed transmission, performance was excellent. Junior eights received new cylinder heads for improved aspiration, although horsepower remained the same. The convertible coupe was very attractive and quite a value given that the $1,275 price included leather interior. A total of 28,138 One-Twenties were produced in 1940 over nine different body styles.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2012 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
120 hp, 282 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 127"
Source: RM Auctions
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