Classic Cars' Museum: Class C-2 American Classis Open Packard



Concours d'Elegance 2010: Class C-2 American Classis Open Packard





1940 Packard 1806 Darrin Parisienne Victoria

1940 Packard 1806 Darrin Parisienne Victoria
This one-off Packard Parisienne offered half of a hardtop on what would mormally have been a Convertible Victoria body style in the 1940 Packard Custom Series designed by Darrin. The result surely has to be one of the most elegant packards of that era. Howard "Dutch" Darrin was famous for unique styling adaotations such as this one, and he found that the long wheelbase Packards were most suited for his work.
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1940 Packard 1807 Darrin Convertibel Sedan

1940 Packard 1807 Darrin Convertibel Sedan
Howard "Dutch" Darrin was a talented and flamboyant body designer. After a successful career in Europe he settled in Hollywood in the late 1930s and began creating swoopy one-off specials for the movie crowd. Perferring to build on Packard chassis, he created a full line of bodies for Packard's 1940 Custom Car Catalog. This convertible sedan is one of the rarest styles.
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1938 Packard 1608 Convertible Sedan

1938 Packard 1608 Convertible Sedan
One of the 566 Packard Twelves built in 1938, the convertible sedan body style was among the most rare. This handsome example has returned from the dead almost literally. After years of neglect, with many experts pronouncing the car unrestorable and suitable only for parts, Mr. Stifel accepted the challenge and ordered the car to be resurrected - and it is here today to be admired by all.
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1937 Packard 1507 Convertible Sedan

1937 Packard 1507 Convertible Sedan
The year 1937 was a year of great change for the packard Twelve, independent front suspension, hydraulic breaks, and multitude of other refinements made the 1937 series of Packards the most successful, with 1300 units sold. This packard was a favorite among collectors for its drivability; its long 144-inch wheelbase was well matched by the power of its big V12.
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1936 Packard Super 8 Model 1405 Dietrich Phaeton

1936 Packard Super 8 Model 1405 Dietrich Phaeton
This Packard Phaeton with coachwork built by Dietrich is one of the three cars like it and is one of only two that have survived. It has the highly ranked windshield design and seats seven. This car was the end of the line for this style of body. Its moment of glory was during Franklin D. Roosevelt's second inauguration when it was used to carry several cabinet ministers. The 14th Series Packard Super 8 has a 144 inch wheelbase, a 384.4 cubic inch straight eight engine and produces around 150 bhp.
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1936 Packard 1406 Sport Phaeton

1936 Packard 1406 Sport Phaeton
Because the versatility of the fully enclosable convertible was gaining in popularity, the year 1936 was the final year that Packard produced true open Phaetons. An extremely rare car, this fine example is powered by Packard's famous 473-cubic-inch V12 engine and offered such refinements as power-assisted brakes and clutch and adjustable shock absorbers, known as "ride control."
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1934 Packard 1107 Dietrich Convertible Victoria

1934 Packard 1107 Dietrich Convertible Victoria
Many feel the 1934 lineup of cars were Packard's most successful in terms of elegant styling. This Convertible Victoria featured styling by Dietrich but was offered within Packard's own production body lineup. It was the ultimate statement of the newly popular Victoria bodywork, which brought rumble seat passengers inside the enclosed body with such an elegant result. The modern Victoria style of coachwork was seen on almost all luxury cars of the period.
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1934 Packard 1108 Dietrich Convertible Sedan

1934 Packard 1108 Dietrich Convertible Sedan
Penned by design genius Ray Dietrich, the vee-windshield custom body series offered by Packard from 1932 through 1934 is believed by many automobile aficionados to be the most beautiful series of cars produced in the 1930s. The original Dietrich design was slightly updated by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky for 1934, with a longer hood flowing over the cowl as seen on this magnificent example. Most packard Twelves, which featured Packard's V12 engine, received factory bodies; only a hadful had magnificent coachwork like this form Dietrich or LeBaron.
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