Sam Pack Collection

14-15 November 2014

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Lot 164

1937 Packard Touring Sedan Custom

  • Chassis no. 398699A

Sold for $154,000

560 bhp, 376 cu. in. aluminum V-8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, independent coil-spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front disc and rear drum power-hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 134.5 in.

  • A “resto-mod” Packard fitted with an LS3 Corvette V-8; Updated with power steering, power disc brakes, and air conditioning, for added comfort; A highly capable machine, ready for touring and shows

Packard automobiles have long been appreciated for opulence, power, and integrity. However, today’s collector may seek even more power and reliability, as they’re looking to enjoy their cars on longer drivers and to beat a few newer cars in stoplight drag races. This Packard has been fully reconstructed with those goals in sight, as it features modern technology yet still retains its vintage elegance.

The car was fully disassembled, and the front frame was modified to accommodate an LS3 Corvette engine with a custom camshaft and builder that is estimated at 560 horsepower and mated to a Hydramatic four-speed transmission. Air conditioning was added, along with power steering and power disc brakes, in an effort to reign in some of that power. The four wire wheels are mounted with wide whitewall radial tires, while a restored trunk has been set atop the rear trunk rack for the long road ahead. The gorgeous ebony body is straight and true and adorned with all-new chrome and trim, as well as dual side-mounts and Trippe safety lights.

Packards have always been known for their lavish upholstery, and in that tradition, this interior has received a full red leather package, as well as custom “Packard” Classic Instruments gauges, a billet tilt column and steering wheel, an overhead console with a Pioneer sound system, and a spacious rear compartment that is complete with foot rests. This classic Packard is clean and ready to show, from the leather headliner to the custom chassis, and it sets a new standard for the perfect road trip or weekend getaway.


Please note that this vehicle has a non-conforming VIN number.

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