Lot 18: Packard Eight 120 Sedan
A classic in the true sense of the term, the Packard was one of the finest American motor cars of the 1920s and 1930s when it was to prove very popular in the UK, with both 6 and 8-cylinder versions selling well. Representing fine value for a motor car of its calibre, the Packard was seen at all the best society functions of the era, as many were the favoured transport of celebrities, dignitaries and captains of industry. The high standard of engineering ensured longevity and many Packards of pre-war vintage were still providing regular service well into the 1960s.First registered on 22nd December 1938, the motor car presented here is a 17th Series Packard Eight 120 Sedan. A similar car was owned by Hollywood leading lady, Dorothy Lamour, who starred in the popular Road to.... series of movies in the '40s and '50s, alongside Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, and was one of the most popular G.I. pinup girls. In late 1939 the majority of American cars in Britain were requisitioned for the war effort, chosen due to their robust nature. Packards were particularly favoured by the Special Intelligence Service (SIS), as documented in Geoffrey Pidgeon's The Secret Wireless War, for use as mobile communications units. This particular example is believed to have been one of several cars stationed at Bletchley Park, very few of which have survived.Owned by the vendor for the past 32 years, the car was the subject of a comprehensive restoration between 1981 and 1982, which included a bare metal repaint in Rolls-Royce Brewster green and a total re-trim in Bedford cord as original. The burr walnut-style dash and door cappings were refurbished and the interior remains in excellent condition with picnic tables being fitted to the rear. The coachwork is also in extremely good order, as is the brightwork, and at the time of the restoration the engine was rebuilt and a new clutch installed. From the 1939 models onwards, overdrive was available and this is a fitment on this motor car, which we are advised ensures effortless 60-65mph cruising and remarkably frugal fuel consumption, working out at around 18-20mpg on a long run. The car has undertaken many long journeys over the years, including Continental rallies. We are told that there are no known mechanical faults and everything is functional, including the optional heater and demister. This fine Packard is reluctantly offered for sale after long-term ownership due to the vendor reducing his stable.
Sale of Classic and Collectors' Motor Vehicles|
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£12320|
|Registration number||ABW 157|
|Engine capacity (cc)||4620|
|Engine - cylinders||8|
|Number of doors||4|