1937 Packard Super Eight Town Car Coachwork by Brewster Registration no. GSK 932 Chassis no. 1501-209 Engine no. 398949
Body no. 30083
Always built to the highest standards, the Packard was unquestionably one of the finest American cars of the pre-war era. The eight-cylinder Packard was in its 15th series (there was no 13th) by the time this Model 1501 rolled off the Detroit company's production line in 1937. The big news for '37 was the introduction of the 5.2-litre engine on the larger Eight, which now incorporated independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes. All Packards had featured synchromesh transmission since 1933.
The car was supplied by Monmouth County Packard to the order of Mrs Bertram Bordern, whose husband owned the American Printing Company of Falls River, Massachusetts. Manufactured by Brewster - one of the USA's foremost coachbuilders, which for a time was owned by Rolls-Royce - the Town Car body (number '30083') had previously been on Mrs Bordern's 1929 Packard Eight and was transferred to the new chassis at her request. The Packard remained in the Bordern family's ownership until 1958 and was used by the next owner for around ten years before changing hands again.
Fully restored between 1978 and 1981, the car won the Senior National AACA and Meadow Brook concours events in 1982, and in 1983 scored 96 points in the CCCA Grand Classic at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. It later came to the UK and was acquired in October 1987, shortly after importation, by one Fitzgerald Hudson of London. The Patrick Collection purchased the car at auction in 1991, thereby renewing its connection with a make that the Patrick Motors Group had sold alongside others of quality back in the 1930s.
Noteworthy features of this unique car's interior include a retractable glass division with black leather upholstery to the front compartment and salmon pink woollen broadcloth to the rear, the latter being equipped with two occasional rear seats, cut glass flower vases and its own heater. Sedanca de Ville in style, the Town Car coachwork boasts twin side-mounted spare wheels and a large luggage trunk at the rear.
An older restoration that has mellowed over the years, the Packard is described as in generally good condition mechanically (the engine was running recently) although it failed its most recent MoT test (August 2011, brakes) and requires a new 6-volt battery. Accompanying documentation consists of a quantity of expired MoT certificates, sundry invoices and Swansea V5.