The mid-Thirties were a tough time for America, especially in the automobile industry but Packard responded by introducing in 1935 it’s more economical line of One Twenty models with six-cylinder engines. Received enthusiastically and built with strict attention to controlling costs without sacrificing Packard quality the One Twenty kept Packard's lines rolling with 14th series production of over 55,000 units. The Senior Packards, while occupying almost half of Packard's workforce, delivered only 5,985 units of which just 1,330 were the big 139 inch wheelbase Super Eight. Built in a proliferation of seventeen cataloged body styles such small quantities meant that each 1936 Packard Super Eight was essentially custom built. Design at Packard was shared by many but the overarching influence, and recognized nameplate was Dietrich and Packard continued to apply a Dietrich badge to its semi-custom designs long after Ray Dietrich ceased contributing actual designs in 1931. The Dietrich influence is clearly present in this 1936 Packard Super Eight Convertible Victoria not only in its badging but also in the refined, sensitive lines of the body with its valenced front fenders, deftly raked classic Packard grille and blind quarter folding top. Nicely restored a decade or so ago by Past Perfect, it is richly presented in bright red with contrasting brown leather upholstery and interior trim and a tan cloth top. Fittings include body color wire wheels, whitewall tires, trim rings, radio and heater. The absence of side-mounted spare wheels and tires allow the body's graceful lines to be vividly apparent and the interior is accented by rich, high quality wood trim. The paint, chrome, upholstery, top, trunk, chassis and engine are consistently excellent and show almost no use or age. Freshly detailed, this CCCA Full Classic (tm) 1936 Packard Super Engine Convertible Victoria by Dietrich is an outstanding example of Packard's quality and evolving mid-Thirties classic coachwork design. It is a beautiful automobile.
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