Packard 200 Sedan
Packard emerged into a new world after WWII. Solidly in the black, thanks to its war contracts and its production of Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, it faced the loss of all its prewar prestige models, depending on the medium-priced Clipper line that bowed in 1941.
Like other manufacturers, Packard tooled up for a new model in 1948, and the result was the $15 million redesign, which created the 22nd and 23rd Series – a shape that was to linger until 1951. After a strong start as buyers clamored for new designs, sales dwindled. What to do?
The answer was 1951’s 24th Series, which was much more conventional in its “three box” full-width design, such as GM had introduced in 1949. Sales rebounded to 100,000 in the first year, and the new car was seen to represent the old company’s virtues of conservative quality and durability. The models offered included the 200, 250, 300 and 400 – all with straight-eight engines notable for near complete silence at idle and esteemed durability.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
135 hp, 288 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed column-shift transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-elliptic rear springs with live axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel