<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877

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Lot 162
1951 Packard 250 Convertible

Sold for US$ 46,200 inc. premium
1951 Packard 250 Convertible
Chassis no. 2469 3877

327ci OHV L-Head Inline 8 Engine
Single Carter Carburetor
150bhp at 3,600rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front and Longitudinal Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Nicely restored
*Rarely seen, post-WWII Packard droptop
*Snazzy yellow over burgundy color scheme
*Oozing with early 1950s style


THE PACKARD 250

Although its cars continued to be built to exemplary standards, Packard in the post-war years failed to match the pace of styling change that its customers, and the rest of the US auto industry, had come to accept as the norm. Nevertheless, Packards of the late 1940s and 1950s are amongst the most collectible of post-war US automobiles, representing as they do the final flowering of that magnificent straight eight. When post-war production commenced in October 1945, Packard fielded a range almost unchanged from that on offer for 1942, as did almost the entire US auto industry. The Packards continued virtually unchanged, either stylistically or mechanically, for 1947 and it was not until the 1948 range was announced that there was a wholesale makeover. Known as the 'inverted bathtub' or 'pregnant elephant', Packard's new look was longer, sleeker and more streamlined than before and would serve the company until the arrival of the all-new John Reinhart-designed 24th Series in August 1950. By this time Packard was building eight-cylinder cars only and for '51 these were available in four series: 200, 250, 300 and 400. Added to the range in March 1951 and something of a 'hotrod', the 250 Series combined the short-wheelbase chassis of the more modestly priced 200 with the 327ci (5.4-litre) 150bhp engine of the larger 300 Series. Two models were offered: a two-door hardtop coupe and similar convertible, the latter being Packard's only soft-top model. The use of 'jet louvres' on the rear wings reflected the ongoing fascination with contemporary aircraft design. Packard's most exclusive, the 250 Series accounted for only 4,640 units out of a total production of a little over 100,000 cars in 1951.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This lovely Packard is as fine an example as any. Costing nearly $3,400 new, it is finished in Maumee Maize yellow over a burgundy and white interior with a burgundy top. It would no doubt have been the car to have for trips in both town and country while enjoying the luxury of top down motoring. Restored at some point to a very usable condition, it shows well with gleaming chrome and elegant paintwork. The interior is comfortable and luxurious.

Packard 250s are provide massive bang for one's buck, providing entry into the exclusive group of Packard owners at a reasonable cost. There are few other convertibles from the era that offer the style, luxury, and performance of a car such as this for the same value.

Footnotes

  • Please note this car is titled under the chassis no. A92884
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<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
<b>1951 Packard 250 Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 2469 3877
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