Packard Six 5-Passenger Phaeton
Packard introduced the Single Six in 1921, to offer a smaller, less expensive alternative to the big V-12 Twin Six. It achieved both those objectives, priced at three-quarters the larger car’s sticker and with just a 116-inch wheelbase. In subsequent years, Packard refined the Single Six and lowered its price. The second series Single Six, introduced in December 1923, had four-wheel brakes and claimed a 20 mpg economy. It handily outsold the new Single Eight introduced at the same time.
The final iteration of the Packard Six (until a much smaller and less expensive model in 1937) was the fifth series, introduced on July 1, 1927. It came on two wheelbases, and a custom body catalog for the longer chassis offered designs by Brewster, Derham, Dietrich and others. The engine was refined with better lubrication, an oil filter, and four-point mounting.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania and in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
81 bhp, 288.6 cu.in. L-head inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 133"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Hugh Hamilton