Lot Number

1948 Packard Super Eight Victoria Convertible Coupe

Sold For $47,300

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 6 - 7 OCTOBER 2011

Chassis No.

22nd Series. 145 bhp, 327 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine with Carter two-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"

- An unrestored, very low-mileage example; very well equipped

- 327 cu. in. eight, three-speed transmission with overdrive and Electromatic clutch

- Formerly in the Richard and Linda Kughn Collection

Following WWII, America’s independent auto manufacturers worked feverishly to beat the “Big Three” to market with completely new designs, and Packard was no exception. The all-new 22nd Series debuted in August 1947, and since Packard did not limit itself to model-year changeovers, the cars were marketed until May 1949. With clean and streamlined styling, the radically rounded new Packard line featured an elongated hood, an “ox-yoke” upper grille and a horizontal wraparound lower grille. Accolades included the “Fashion Car of the Year” for 1948 from the New York Fashion Academy.

This Super Eight Victoria Convertible Coupe is an unrestored example that was formerly part of the noted Richard and Linda Kughn collection and has logged just over 12,000 actual miles. While the current owner has found some evidence of newer paintwork, the car retains the majority of its original black finish. A tan power-operated hydraulic top, bumper guards, dual side-view mirrors, rear-fender skirts, wide whitewall tires and full chrome-plated wheel covers and trim rings round out the exterior features.

The remarkably original interior features red door panels, two-tone red and tan seats and red carpeting. While some carpet wear is evident, the interior remains very attractive overall with a unique two-spoke steering wheel and virtually impeccable instruments, controls and switches. The car is equipped with a host of options, including a hydraulic operated power seat and windows, plus a heater, defroster and an AM radio. While not detailed, the 327-cubic inch eight-cylinder engine and the engine compartment are very presentable, with correct finishes and components throughout. The car is capable of cruising on today’s highways with its three-speed manual transmission with overdrive and the innovative Electromatic vacuum-operated clutch system.

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