Waterhouse was a small custom coachbuilder in Webster, Massachusetts that excelled at one specific body style, the Convertible Victoria. George Briggs Weaver, Waterhouse's designer, perfected the style in several ways, particularly by putting it on long wheelbase chassis with room between the rear fenders for the top to fold nearly completely out of sight with a single continuous body line running around the entire passengers' area. Even with the top erected the Waterhouse Convertible Victoria is singularly elegant with a low gently raked windshield, similarly low top and discrete blind quarters. Clients included DuPont and Lincoln, but after achieving an on-time delivery of a one-off Convertible Victoria for Packard to display at the 1929 Paris Salon its ties to Packard were firmly established and it is on Packard chassis where the Waterhouse Convertible Victoria became famous. The style, elegance and refinement of the Waterhouse Convertible Victoria are apparent on this gorgeous Packard Deluxe Eight from 1931. It was discovered in Argentina in the 1960's, brought to the U.S. and restored for Shelley Vincent III, nephew of Packard's legendary chief engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent. The quality of its restoration is apparent not only from a VMCCA First Place award in 1970 but also a Senior award in 1974 and an AACA National First Prize in 1977. I rides on the shorter of the two 1931 Packard Deluxe Eight chassis, 140 1/2 inches, and enhances the refined lines of the Waterhouse Convertible Victoria coachwork with a discrete separate trunk between the rear fenders and a pair of rear-mounted spare tires as used on the 1929 Paris Salon car. Features include body color disc wheels with chrome lock rings, wide whitewall tires, radiator stone guard, dual Pilot-Ray driving lights, a 'sliding boy' radiator mascot and beautiful brown leather upholstery and interior trim set off with highly polished and richly figured wood trim. It has been freshly painted in a more contemporary color scheme and is mechanically strong, running and driving very well. It is one of just five Waterhouse Convertible Victoria’s built for Packard in 1931 of which only two were on the more sporting 140 1/2 inch wheelbase. It is a CCCA Full Classic (tm), and among the most elegant and distinctive of the many famed chassis that have achieved that recognition.
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