Packard Eight Convertible Sedan
Many consider the 1935 to 1939 Senior cars to be the finest automobiles produced by Packard. Alongside its priciest offerings, however, the company also introduced the higher-volume One Twenty in 1935, representing the marque’s entry into the medium-priced market. For 1938, the One Twenty was simply renamed the “Packard Eight,” and with its modern independent front suspension, hydraulic brakes and 110-horsepower straight-eight engine, it was a resounding success.
Stylistically, the Packard Eight models featured rounded, streamlined styling in keeping with the trends of the era, heralded by a radiator grille with a fashionably steep 30-degree rake. As always, drivers were presented with a handsome “banjo” steering wheel and an impressive level of instrumentation, while interiors were roomy and comfortable. Renowned for their fine driving dynamics, the 1937-1939 Packard Eight models were an unqualified success, and they remain highly sought-after today by classic car collectors.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
110 bhp, 282 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed selective synchromesh transmission, independent front suspension, semi-elliptic rear leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 127"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel