1938 Packard Eight 1601 Convertible Sedan

1938 Packard Eight 1601 Convertible Sedan

Set yourself up for legendary experiences when you own a historic marque such as this 1938 Packard Eight 1601 Convertible Sedan. If you were looking for luxury and social status, you owned a Packard back in the 1930’s. They were the pre-eminent luxury car before World War II.  “Ask the man who owns one” was the ad phrase that Packard used to inspire generations of buyers. Even more so today, owning a Packard gives a collector a panache that is unattainable with other marques. 

Owning this 1938 Packard Eight 1601 Convertible Sedan would be a treat for any collector, and a welcome friend on those leisurely drives in the country. The 4-Door convertible sedan is being offered for sale at Classic Auto Showplace in Troy, Michigan. (Follow this link to review the description and photos.) It is a beautiful example, “turn-key ready when it arrives at your home,” they tell us. You will be proud to take her to shows or simply enjoy it for family cruising or as “garage art.” 

The Packard Eight has been in the same family for the past 35 years. The daughter is now selling it. The father had it restored for the Packard Automobile Classics National Meet in 2000. That was the first time it was shown after being restored. There are only two such 4-Door Convertible Sedans registered with the Packard Club. That is how rare this car is. Ever since the Packard Meet in 2000 it has been cared for, shown and enjoyed as any grand Packard should. They say the restoration has held up incredibly well noting the very few miles it has traveled. They say it was lovingly cared for and stored in a climate controlled environment. 

As an historical note, for 1938 the Packard 120 was briefly redesignated as the Packard Eight. So this car’s wheelbase was increased seven inches and has a 127-inch wheel base. You can see the 282 ci inline eight cylinder engine (4.6L) with a Stromberg EE-14 carburetor in the photos.  It was rated at 120 horsepower. Also new for 1938 was the all-steel construction body, making this 1601 heavier than the 1937 models. Click this link to review a 1938 Owners Manual.

The car rides on the original Packard hubcaps, the rims beneath are wrapped with a set of whitewall tires. It also has the dual sidemounts spares. The car’s interior is stunning in the ad photos. (Click here to review the ad and photos.) 

This car is currently listed in the Packard Section on the Cars-On-Line.com website. 





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