Packard Standard Eight Station Sedan
For 1948, Packard’s new 22nd Series used a wider and lower adaptation of the sleek Clipper lines, ruling out a traditional station wagon body. Instead, Packard took four-door, six-passenger sedans off the production line, and the body supplier, Briggs Manufacturing Company, changed the roofline to incorporate a liftgate and tailgate. Using ash and maple, Briggs converted the sedan into a full station wagon, with steel supports at the B-posts and D-posts. It was also the most expensive of the short-wheelbase Packards, even the Super Eight models, selling for $3,424. Production reached fewer than 3,900 in slightly more than two years, most of them built in 1948.
Part of the RM Auctions Hershey event in October, 2012.
135 bhp, 288 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive and Electromatic clutch, independent coil spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120 in.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Neil Fraser