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28 July 2012

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Lot 126

1940 Packard One-Twenty Convertible Coupe

  • Chassis no. 13992845

$70,000 - $100,000

120 hp, 282 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 127"

• Legendary Packard performance and reliability

• One of One-Twenty convertible coupes built for 1940

• Equipped with fender skirts and the optional “Goddess of Speed” mascot

Packard introduced the eight-cylinder One-Twenty in 1935, its first entry into the medium-price field. Following up on this success, Packard offered a six-cylinder model, dubbed the Six in 1937 and later called the One-Ten. The two Junior models quickly became best-sellers for Packard and accounted for over 92 percent of production for 1940. Among the 98,000 examples produced, just 1,761 were One-Twenty convertible coupes.

Packard’s eighteenth series advertisements crooned to buyers, “The more you look . . . the more you’ll want one.” Cars received a new look with the traditional Packard grille flanked by two vertical side grilles, while sealed beam headlights were fitted directly on the fenders with parking lights mounted on the fender crowns. Other changes were kept to a minimum: cylinder heads were redesigned for better intake gas flow, the hood length was increased to allow for easier mounting of side-mount spares when ordered, and the options list was longer than ever. Packard also made a significant leap in being the first manufacturer to offer air conditioning.

This car is equipped with the optional “Glass Wing Deluxe Emblem,” referred to by Packard aficionados as the “Goddess of Speed” hood ornament, along with fog lights and sleek rear wheel fender skirts. It is a well-preserved older restoration that was sold new in Beverly Hills, California but has most recently been part of a collection in Tennessee. It boasts a highly-detailed engine compartment, along with new chrome and carpeting. Painted a lovely maroon with tan Haartz top and dark maroon leather interior, the car has been well-maintained and should provide its new owner with many years of enjoyment.

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