Packard Hardtop Coupe

The brochure for the 1958 Packard Hardtop proclaims the car to have “Distinction, with a flair for the fashionable.” While some may look back now and see the end of a long and revered marque, it is clear that Studebaker-Packard was trying to do all it could to live up to the standard of style for which Packard had long been known.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan and in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

225 bhp, 289 cu. in. V-8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, Borg-Warner three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal length A-arms, coil springs and anti-sway bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, Twin Traction limited slip differential, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116.5"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel and Simon Clay

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