1940 Packard 120

Packard's One-Twenty may have been the marque's base eight-cylinder but even at that it was a powerful, luxurious, distinctive automobile with a 120 horsepower 282 cubic inch version of Packard's famous inline eight engine, synchromesh three-speed transmission, four wheel hydraulic brakes and independent front suspension. Important changes for 1940 included mounting the headlights' teardrop nacelles directly on the front fender catwalks with complementary teardrop-shaped parking lights atop the fenders, a new grille flanked by subtle chrome treatments and stepped chrome hood side vents. This 1940 Packard One-Twenty Convertible Coupe has led an especially charmed life covering, according to a storyboard prepared by a previous owner, just over 36,000 miles from new. It has been cosmetically restored without impinging upon its quality, preservation and originality and presents itself with distinction and dignity in black with maroon leather upholstery and a chrome top and boot cover. Equipment includes a power-operated top, hubcaps and trim rings on the body color wheels, wide whitewall tires, a grille guard, heater and clock. The panels are noticeable by their even gaps and flush fits and the body design benefits from not having the optional, bulky, side-mounts. The paint, chrome, leather and top are new and the engine and chassis have been brought up to highly presentable standards; basically, everything has been attended to that needs to be done to create an admirable car without disturbing its inherent quality and preservation. The 1940 Packard interior design is especially attractive and pleasing, particularly the curved spoke steering wheel, wood grained trim and dashboard design which balances the speedometer and gauges in front of the driver with the passenger-side clock. Going into the new car drought of World War II with this Packard One-Twenty Convertible Coupe must have been particularly satisfying, and it is no less so today.

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