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1949' Packard Eight

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Published 15 February 2024ID: LshLpM
3 months, 2 weeks ago

Information from the owner

Body: Wagon
Age: 75 years
Exterior color: White

Seller's comments about 1949' Packard Eight

Packard revisited the station wagon bodystyle in 1948, essentially taking the Standard Eight Sedan and reworking the rear half of the car, as well as the doors and roof. Packard designed the rear section in semi-fastback style, creating a swoopy profile that accentuated the curves of the car. The wood panels fit over the altered metal body panels, with only the tailgate using white ash wood paneling for structural purposes. And speaking of the tailgate, the two-piece doors were designed to open in a clamshell manner, a novelty at the time. As elegant as they were, the Station Sedans didn't sell particularly well in the late 1940s. Postwar car buyers were interested in more affordable cars, and with the early post-war designs evolving quickly, the car-hungry masses were not in the mood for an exclusive and expensive handbuilt machine like the Station Sedan. Only 3900 examples were made between 1948 and 1950, and only a few are still in existence.
This example was restored some years ago to concours quality. The Packard is still in fantastic condition, both cosmetically as technically. The huge straight-eight engine starts on the button and offers a very comfortable ride. The woodwork has a beautiful finish and has just the right amount of patina to suit the rest of the car. The tailgate fits perfectly and the luggage compartiment is very nicely finished in gorgeous looking wood with chromed strips. The spacy interior is a great place to sit in, and the art deco style dashboard adds a lot to this wonderful atmosphere. The colour combination of Grenadier Maroon Metallic and Tan interior looks very classy and suits this Packard so well.
Cars like this one don't come available very often and if you were to find one at all it will cost at least double our asking price to restore it to this condition. So if a Packard "Woody" has been on your wishlist for some time, this is a unique opportunity to get your hands on a very nice one.

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