Stateside Luxury…with a little infamy

Posted on 17th January 2019
Stateside Luxury…with a little infamy

1939 Packard comes to sale on 2nd March

The Packard name is synonymous with American luxury motorcars, outselling the better-known Cadillac in terms of numbers during the 20’s. Of course this was also the time of Prohibition when Chicago’s gangsters had a voracious appetite for cars. Indeed, the legendary Al Capone was an infamous Packard owner, which boosted the company’s fame in a very different light.

A fine example of a pre-war Packard that left the Detroit factory following the US Great Depression in 1937/8, comes to sale at Historics sale at Ascot on Saturday, 2nd March,, representing a fascinating alternative to a period Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

A right-hand drive example, this 1939 Packard Six Four-Door Touring Sedan was originally supplied to the UK. Powered by a smooth-as-silk and almost silent six cylinder engine, it has tremendous street presence and offers an exemplary ride to driver and passengers alike.

Restored some five years ago, the car has been beautifully maintained by its Packard enthusiast vendor, including a full rebuild of the engine to meet his exacting standards.

Resplendent in deep blue coachwork with grey cloth interior, it is estimated at £23,000-£27,000, and represents a fine collector’s classic with a difference.

 

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