Packard introduced the Eighteenth Series eight cylinder cars with the new designation 160, the horsepower of the 356 cubic inch straight eight engine, only 15 horsepower less than the now-discontinued Twelve and rose by 30 horsepower from earlier Eights. The 1940 Packard Eights continued features like column-mounted shift controls and four-wheel hydraulic brakes making them familiar to modern drivers and practical drivers on the open road. This 1940 Packard 160 Eight is bodied with style number 1377, the Convertible Sedan on the 127" wheelbase, an attractive and adaptable design that is compact and cohesive on this shortest of the three wheelbase chassis offered by Packard in the 160. Built with traditional coachbuilding techniques, its luxury appointments and complex folding top mechanism made it both the heaviest and most expensive automobile in the 160 catalog. This example is superbly restored to the highest standards with Metallic Maroon paint, Burgundy leather, Tan cloth top and boot and gorgeous figured interior wood trim that has been finished to bright, shiny brilliance. The exterior features dual side-mounts with metal enclosures and rear view mirrors, wide whitewall tires, dressed wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, bumper guards and a rear trunk rack. The interior has both a heater and a radio. Everything about this Packard has been done and maintained to the highest standards and it is ready for any activity from the most demanding Concours d’Elegance to a summer's drive. One-Sixty Packard’s are very unusual, with only 5,662 built, and this Convertible Sedan body is by far the most dramatic, practical and collectible.
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