1941 Packard 110 Deluxe Station Wagon
Coachwork by Hercules
Chassis no. 1483-2080
Engine no. 2350
245ci L-head inline six-cylinder engine
Single Stromberg carburetor
100hp at 3,000rpm
Three-speed synchromesh column shifted manual transmission
Front independent coil spring and rear leaf-spring suspension
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
-Three owners from new
-Beautifully preserved with its original wood
-Rare and desirable Packard Woody
-Perfect car for the Hamptons, Cape Cod, Bal Harbour
Packard's sales surged in 1940 thanks to the success of the junior Packards in the product line. Whereas in 1939 the company sold 24,350 of the smaller Packards, the following year this product line generated sales of 62,300 units. As a result, for 1941, the 110 Series, as the junior line was known, was boosted from 6 to 12 models spread over two trim lines. Despite the strengthening of the line, sales slipped to a still-respectable 34,700 units, eroded by the 17,100 straight-eight 120s that were the senior juniors.
If you were a successful member of the middle class and wanted the Packard name and quality without spending too much of your income on an automobile, the 110 Packards were an excellent choice. Prices ranged from $927 for the business coupe in standard trim to the eight-passenger Deluxe Station Wagon for $1,326. By comparison, a Ford Deluxe Station Wagon cost $950 and a Pontiac of the same ilk sold for $1,015.
The Motorcar Offered
Original developed as Depot Hacks with purely utilitarian goals in mind, by the 1940s station wagons had become comfortable and practical vehicles sought by the more moneyed set to ferry their families around in style. This was especially true of the wood paneled estates such as the Packard presented here. The original owner of this Woody is understood to have been a doctor with homes in Florida, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island. With an originally delivery tag of New York City, it is understood that much of its time was spent in the latter of the three locales. Sparingly used, with less than 49,000 believed-to-be-original miles currently showing on the clock, the good doctor retained the car for nearly half a century. During the latter part of his ownership, the Packard was stored for some time after which light recommissioning, including some mechanical refurbishment, was performed as needed on the otherwise lovely, original, and honest Woody.
Today the Packard continues to present very well. The wood paneling, to which a new finish was applied about four years ago, has the deep, brilliant luster that is only found in old growth timber. The wood appears to be original, save for a small area of repair around the tailgate hinges. Besides the rich wood, an original WWII-era gas rationing sticker and an old Rhode Island registration sticker on the windscreen round out the patina. Inside, the three rows of bench seats show well with mostly original pieces mixed with a few restored elements. Acquired by the current vendor three years ago, it has been sparingly used and carefully maintained.
Nicely styled, amply sized, wonderfully proportioned and extraordinarily practical, this lovely woody wagon is the perfect vehicle for family outings around the beaches of the Hamptons, Cape Cod, Florida, Southern California, or the French Riviera or inclusion in the local Cars and Coffee or Woody show.
- Please note that the correct engine number for this vehicle is D13490, and its title is in transit