Amelia Island | Lot 114

1937 Packard One Twenty Pickup

$93,500 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida

8 March 2014

Vehicle no.
  • Offered from the collection of Richard and Linda Kughn
  • A custom-built Packard Pickup
  • Reminiscent of the service vehicles used in period by Packard dealers

Series 138-CD. 130 bhp, 282 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with semi-floating rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 138 in.

It is easily forgotten that in the World War I era, Packard was well known not only for fine luxury cars but also for robust heavy trucks. While truck production on East Grand Boulevard ended in 1923, the well-known durability and solidity of Packard chassis led many Packard cars to be adapted for practical purposes. Custom, Deluxe, and Super Eight service cars and wreckers were fairly common in the 1920s and 1930s, and the practice continued after the introduction of Packard’s Junior series in 1935. Even Packard dealers would frequently use these trucks, advertising the strength of the cars that they sold.

The charming Pickup offered here is based on the 138-inch wheelbase 138D One Twenty chassis. The original, factory touring limousine bodywork was skillfully truncated aft of the front doors and the back of a compatible pickup cab was carefully grafted on. An original box from another period truck of comparable size was carefully selected and added, and it features a ribbed steel floor. The body was finished in an appropriately classy color scheme of black with a red pinstripe, and it is adorned with metal-covered dual side-mounted spares, wide whitewall tires, and even an original Packard trunk, which has been integrated into the cargo bed to carry tools and supplies! An original illuminated Packard Service Car sign, mounted on the roof, is the finishing touch.

The interior is classic, elegant Packard, of course, with black leather upholstery, a wood-grained instrument panel, and such accoutrements as a radio, clock, and cigarette lighter.

For the Packard collector whose allegiance to the marque must extend even to his shop truck, or simply for the enthusiast who appreciates a well-detailed conversation piece, this will be the perfect one-of-a-kind acquisition. Ask the “Man Who Hauls With One”!

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