Introduced September 8, 1947, Packard’s new Twenty-Second Series models were the luxury carmaker’s first new postwar models and succeeded the highly successful Clipper that debuted in 1941. Since Packard did not limit itself to annual model-year changeovers, unlike its much larger Detroit rivals, these highly refined motorcars were sold until May 1949. While styling cues seem virtually unchanged from their predecessors to the casual observer, Twenty-Second Series cars featured a lower and narrower vertical grille element and revised fenders, sharing only the roof section with the prior models. Functional, Art Deco-influenced dash treatments and roomy passenger compartments included well-placed and useful instrument clusters and controls, tasteful wood grain accents, and comfortable seats with integral rear arm rests.
In addition to their modernistic, highly streamlined design language, the new Packard models delivered an exceptional driving experience that remains impressive and startlingly user-friendly today. Advanced mechanical features included powerful, high-torque inline eight-cylinder engines, Packard’s “Electromatic” power-assisted clutch system, overdrive, and a rigid new chassis frame supporting the sleekly styled bodies. Given their striking body styling, excellent mechanical features and driving dynamics, and of course, renowned quality, Packard’s 22nd Series models of 1948-49 are regarded as strong choices by collectors and enthusiasts who actually enjoy driving their classics. High-profile accolades included selection as the “Car of the Year” for 1948 by the New York Fashion Academy. While Packard was never truly a high-volume automobile manufacturer, catering to a more discerning and well-heeled clientele throughout its existence, the Twenty-Second Series models have enjoyed good survival rates, mainly due to their intrinsic quality and solid construction, making quality surviving examples cherished collectibles today.
Featuring sleekly streamlined bodylines and a sporting, yet roomy two-door body style, this rare and very appealing 1949 Packard Eight Deluxe Club Sedan continues to benefit very well from a loving restoration from the ground up to factory-correct specifications during the early 1980s by a devoted marque enthusiast. Offered in a period-correct color scheme of maroon over an inviting maroon and tan cloth interior including smart houndstooth seating surfaces, the sleek Packard clearly benefits from exceptional preservation since the restoration was completed. In particular, the steel dash features a very nice and correct-appearing wood grain finish, and the interior chrome and controls all appear correct, complete, and very nice. The underside of the body is undercoated for weather protection and the chassis and suspension are painted black and are good driver quality, with correct components in place. Power is delivered by a very nicely detailed and correctly equipped 288ci L-head inline 8-cylinder engine factory-rated at 130hp, plus a 3-speed manual transmission. Other desirable features include a factory pushbutton AM radio with unique vertical dash mounting, plus a steel sun visor, a heater, Packard’s signature Cormorant mascot, and body-color steel wheels mounting full-diameter Packard-scripted hubcaps, chrome trim rings, and period style wide whitewall tires. A mounted spare wheel/tire, roadside jack, and lug wrench are all housed within the Packard’s generous and useful trunk.
“Before, during and after” restoration photos and period advertising are also included. According to one photo set, the car was used after the restoration was completed during the spring of 1984 for the comedy movie, “Mischief,” released in 1985 and starring a young Kelly Preston. According to the photo selections, the Packard made another appearance, this time for a television commercial during autumn 1984. This is a delightful and eminently usable Packard ideal for relaxed driving enjoyment with your family and friends.
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