1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé  Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228

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Lot 221
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé
Registration no. 286 UXG Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228

Sold for £ 24,725 (US$ 30,728) inc. premium
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé
Registration no. 286 UXG
Chassis no. 48146 12893018
Engine no. B-303228

Footnotes

  • Always built to the highest standards, the Packard was unquestionably one of the finest American automobiles of the pre-war era and deservedly popular on this side of the Atlantic. Dissatisfaction with his Winton motor carriage is said to have spurred James Ward Packard to build a superior automobile. Aided by his brother and two defectors from the Winton company, Packard set up shop in his electrical engineering factory in Warren, Ohio, from which the first Packard car emerged in November 1899. Right from the start, Packard’s innovative engineering and superior build quality attracted the attention of wealthy clients, William D Rockefeller purchasing two at the New York Automobile Show in November 1900. ‘Ask The Man Who Owns One’ was adopted as the company's advertising slogan. The Packard was counted among the world’s top luxury makes and was a frequent sight at the most exclusive society functions of its era, being favoured by film stars, celebrities and plutocrats. Indeed, throughout the 1910s and 1920s, Packard ranked alongside Peerless and Pierce-Arrow, this elite trio of the US automobile industry being known as the ‘Three P’s’.
    Cars powered by two-, four- and six-cylinder engines quickly followed the original single-cylinder model before Packard became the first manufacturer to introduce a series production V12 with the launch of the Twin Six for 1916. First introduced in 1924, the Eight was notable as the first Packard to employ four-wheel brakes. Its sidevalve straight-eight engine developed 85bhp from 5.9 litres, and the Eight line-up initially comprised ten models on two wheelbase lengths. In 1927 the engine was enlarged to 6.3 litres and a smaller 5.2-litre Standard Eight introduced for 1929. The larger engine continued to power the Custom and DeLuxe Eights, the latter being renamed ‘Super Eight’ for 1933. Introduced for the 1935 season, the ‘One Twenty’ Eight, also known as the ‘Junior Packard’, represented the company’s first foray into the medium-priced market sector.
    This car has the 282ci (4,623cc) 120bhp engine introduced on the One Twenty line-up for 1936, independent front suspension, synchromesh transmission and hydraulic brakes having been part of the specification for some years. Curiously, the ‘One Twenty’ designation was dropped for 1938 but returned for 1939, the car offered here belonging to that year’s 17th Series, which commenced production in September 1938. Overdrive transmission (‘Econo-Drive’ in Packard parlance) was an option for the first time on ’39 models and is fitted to this car, affording effortless cruising at 60-65mph and 18-20mpg on a long run.
    A right-hand drive example, this particular One Twenty Convertible Coupé was sold new in Australia and first owned by a Mrs MacBride, of Maroubra, New South Wales. In the 1950s the car belonged to the Logan family, of Sydney, NSW and was driven up to 1966 when it was placed in storage on blocks. The Packard’s next owner was Jim Lissiman, of Crawley, Western Australia, who acquired it in 1991. Mr Lissiman commissioned a total restoration, which was carried out during the early 1990s by local specialists, as detailed in his letter on file dated April 1995 addressed to the car’s next owner, Mr Dieter Bonitz, of Point Piper, NSW and then Hamburg, Germany. Originally French Blue with black trim, the car was repainted in a modern equivalent of Packard Loyola Maroon metallic and reupholstered in Coral Tan hide. In 2005 the Packard passed to its next owner, Mr William Balbur, of Kelso in the Scottish Borders and then in 2007 was sold to the current vendor. Presented in very good condition, this imposing American soft-top is offered with FIVA passport and Swansea V5C registration document.
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé  Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé  Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé  Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé  Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé  Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé  Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé  Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé  Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228
1939 Packard ‘One Twenty’ Eight Convertible Coupé  Chassis no. 48146 12893018 Engine no. B-303228
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