- Unrestored 120-B Sedan brimming with classic Packard details
- Believed to be highly original; finished in blue over beige cloth
- Frequent tour participant in recent years
After helping to save the Depression-stricken Packard Motor Company from near oblivion in 1935, the One Twenty series was upgraded the following year to 120-B specification. It continued to sell in record numbers. The 120-B was revealed in September 1935 with a larger 282-cubic-inch straight-eight engine and other refinements, such as a new cellular radiator, accelerator linkage, shift mechanism, and coil springs. At $1,115, the touring sedan body style, as seen on the example offered here, was the second-most expensive offering, only behind the all-new convertible sedan body at $1,395. Other available bodies included four coupes—a convertible among them—and four sedans.
The example offered here was sold on 30 May 1936 by A.H. Diringer, the Packard dealer for Tiffin, Ohio. One of 28,033 produced for 1936, its patinaed blue paint and beige interior are thought to be original. The car is fitted with the standard bail radiator cap, whitewall tires, and retains its rounded bulb and reflector headlight lenses. Powered by the iconic Packard 282-cubic-inch straight-eight engine backed by a three-speed manual transmission, this “Junior” sedan offers many of the classic details that made Packard a standout in the luxury market but at a price that was far more accessible to Americans just beginning to claw out of the depths of the Depression.
Fine examples of any pre-war car by an outstanding marque bring smiles to the faces of those fortunate enough to own or ride in them—even more so when the car in question is a beautiful Packard. This unrestored example is particularly appealing for its assumed originality. Said to be a strong runner that has taken part in numerous tours in recent years, it is an ideal choice for touring or showing with organizations such as the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) or either of the recognized Packard clubs.