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1940 Packard Super 8 “160” Convertible Sedan
1940 Packard Super 8 “160” Convertible Sedan

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1940 Packard Super 8 “160” Convertible Sedan

Designer: Raymond Dietrich

 

Chassis Number: 13772077

Engine: 356 CI L-head Inline 8 Cyl.

2-barrel Carburetor/160 bhp

3-Speed Manual Transmission

Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

 

Odometer: 36,000 Miles Believed Original

 

Factory Radio, Clock and Side-Mount Spares

Built-In Trunk for Touring

CCCA “Full Classic” Recognition    

 

The Model: With 1939 marking the end of the V12 era for Packard, combined with the majority of production being dedicated to the junior 110 and 120 series of cars, it was only on rare occasion that one of the senior cars was ordered. But these new 1940 “8s” had seen major improvements with a revised L-head design with a 6.45:1 compression ratio that produced 160 HP @ 3,500 rpm. The use of lighter aluminum pistons also helped in the boost to performance keeping Packard as not only a leader in the luxury car market but also one with plenty of pep and performance. While the junior series Packards were fairly standardized, the senior cars were usually custom ordered and were treated to hand assembly by highly skilled craftsmen who concentrated in exacting perfection and producing the highest quality of any car builder on the face of the planet. America was coming out of the depression and sales for the big cars saw an uptick for 1940, one that would be short-lived due to conflicts in other parts of the world.


The Car: Considered a regular catalog car, body style 1377, the Super 8/160 convertible sedan found limited success.Those who did order one had a long list of choices to choose from. This example was delivered new to a Baltimore-based publishing magnate who wanted the car for his summer home in Maryland. Zell Motors, the largest of four Packard dealers in the Baltimore area, placed the order and delivered the car just as ordered. Presented pretty much just as it had been delivered this 160 is fitted with factory AM radio, clock, enclosed dual side-mount spare tires, whitewall tires with factory hubcaps and trim rings, plus adorning the top of the radiator shell is the Goddess of Speed mascot, sometimes referred to as the “Donut Chaser”. One item that was not ordered for this car was a heater, after all, it was to be a summertime-only vehicle. With glossy black paint providing a rich, deep reflection, smooth body panels, and decent chrome trim, this Packard qualifies as a “Full Classic” from the CCCA and would be a welcomed participant at any vintage Packard exhibition or tour.

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