St. John's | Lot 169
1948 Packard Super Eight Convertible Victoria
From the Richard and Linda Kughn Collection
$45,100 USD | Sold
| Plymouth, Michigan
27 July 2013
- From the collection of Richard and Linda Kughn
- Packard’s first all-new, post-war design
- A luxury convertible with abundant comforts
145 bhp, 327 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent coil-spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120 in.
During World War II, Packard’s designers toiled, working on the designs they would build when bombs stopped falling. While the stylists reportedly favored retaining the high, upright, narrow radiator shell that had become a company trademark, management desired a smoother design, more on the order of the slab-sided cars being readied by upstart post-war automaker Kaiser-Frazer. As a result, much of the styling for what became the 1948 models, or the 22nd Series, was created at Packard’s body supplier, Briggs, under chief designer Albert Prance, and they featured a rounded, pleasingly plump profile with a shortened, bolder Packard grille.
While in hindsight it was controversial, in its day, this new Packard received more accolades than almost any other American luxury car. The Fashion Academy of New York deemed it “Fashion Car of the Year,” and it made a successful march through Europe, being awarded prizes at Caracas, Luzerne, Sofia, and Monte Carlo. Star among stars was the convertible victoria, the first open Packard to be produced since 1942, which led the way into all-new production at East Grand Boulevard on July 25, 1947.
Restored in its previous ownership, the Super Eight Convertible Victoria offered here is presented in black with a black canvas top and two-tone black and white upholstery, a refreshing counterpart to the sober exterior. Fully equipped with a power top, power windows, a power seat, and overdrive, it is a delight to the driver, and it comes with an AM radio that has a vacuum-powered antenna and an under-seat heater, provided for the comfort of passengers. Chrome wire wheels are nicely set off by hubcaps bearing the famous red Packard hexagon. Twin side mirrors sprout from the fenders, and a Packard spotlight is mounted to the driver’s side window post. Underneath is the larger 327-cubic inch straight eight on a 120-inch wheelbase chassis, providing improved performance from the 1947 models and effortless cruising, especially with the long legs of the factory overdrive gear, which is excellent for touring in today’s traffic.
Combining modern design with traditional Packard cushiness, this Super Eight would be a superb way in which to see the country.