The 1942 Packard One-Eighty represents the end of Packard's long and proud line of Super Eight series automobiles, the culmination of years of history and prestige for the Senior Packard. The Clipper, introduced in 1941 with dramatically re-designed envelope bodies attributed to the inspiration of Howard "Dutch" Darrin, had been received enthusiastically by the public and would carry on after the war as Packard's sole product. This 1942 One-Eighty Touring Sedan proudly carries on the Senior Packard tradition with a quality, thorough older restoration of a car that incorporates a rare example of one of Packard's many innovations, the Weather-Conditioner, a trunk-mounted air conditioning system manufactured by Bishop-Babcock Manufacturing. The Packard is finished in dark blue with grey-blue broadcloth upholstery, an abundance of rich wood and wood-grained interior details and appointments, a rear compartment footrest, assist straps, opening rear quarter windows, heater, clock, radio, power windows and a storage compartment behind the front seat where a limousine would have had folding jump seats. The exterior has Art Deco-style chrome ribs on the front fenders, the dual side-mount enclosures and rear fenders that complement the low-mounted grilles in the front fenders flanking the Packard grille. The paint, chrome and interior are excellent, showing the high quality standards of the restoration this Packard has received, and appropriate to the excellence of the marque and model.
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