1938 Packard 8

After a few encouraging years America seemed to be climbing out of the Depression. That hope proved false in 1938 as war clouds in Europe and stupid government decisions choked off the recovery. Luxury auto manufacturers like Packard felt not only the economic downturn but also concern for war in Europe and the Far East which crimped its clients' confidence. In these conditions it was remarkable that Packard could sell any of its luxury Super Eights, and in fact it sold only 2,478 despite offering seventeen cataloged body styles. One of the most attractive and desirable is the two/four-place convertible coupe, seen here in attractive Cigarette Cream with Tan leather upholstery and a matching Tan cloth top. The wheels and coachlining are both in contrasting green. Steel wheels have hubcaps, chrome trim rings and wide whitewall tires. Dual enclosed side-mounted spares with mirrors, a remotely operated spotlight, trunk rack, "Road and Fog Lamps" and a rumble seat complete its exclusive presentation. It is an older restoration done correctly and accurately without going over the top. Nicely done, the quality of the workmanship and materials used in the restoration are now apparent by the graceful way it is ageing. A great tour car that will keep up with modern traffic, it will get prime parking space from any restaurant's valet parkers. It is a prime opportunity to experience the solid quality and driving characteristics that made Packard the premier luxury marque of the Thirties.

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