Packard was an American Luxury car company based in Detroit Michigan that built cars for wealthy clients and movie stars such as Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth and Charlie Chaplin. The 120 series, named after the 120-inch wheelbase, was Packard’s first mid-priced eight-cylinder car necessary to keep Packard in business. The Straight Eight Convertible Coupe was powered by a 4,620cc 120 BHP L head inline eight-cylinder engine. Smooth and quiet with enough power to keep up with modern traffic. This model featured independent front suspension with coil springs which improved ride comfort and handling plus 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes which provided good stopping power.
All body styles: (4 door sedans, Convertibles and Club coupes) were produced on a single production line which kept costs down with right hand drive cars built in Canada for export to Japan, the UK, South Africa, and Australia
This 1938 Packard is a rare straight eight Convertible Coupe in right hand drive and was delivered new in Johannesburg through the Packard dealer Leon Motors at 22 Eloff street.. The current owner purchased this Packard as a restoration project from the first owner's son in 1989 and stored it for 10 years before carrying out the restoration himself in 2000.
The restoration included:
Currently a differential with a 3.7 – 1 ratio is fitted with the original differential and gearbox included in the sale, This, together with whitewall radial tyres rather than original crossplies and some clever upgrades enhance the functionality in modern times.
This is an opportunity to secure a rare icon of the 1930’s with restrained elegance that will make you feel like a movie star
Contact Gareth or Jeremy for more details Tel: (021) 462 3558 or send us an enquiry via the contact form below
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