This 1936 Packard Eight 1401 Convertible Coupe is an AACA Senior and National award winner that received a comprehensive nut-and-bolt, frame-off restoration. This particular Packard is a rare example, representing the top of the line that the automaker had to offer. Featuring a 320 CI 8-cylinder engine mated to a 3-speed manual transmission, as well as 4-wheel vacuum-assist brakes, this beauty is finished in a bright shade of red paint with a contrasting tan convertible top and looks absolutely stunning. Finished in a tan interior with a rich-looking wood dash and an in-dash clock, the Packard simply exudes class. HIGHLIGHTS Comprehensive nut and bolt frame-off restoration AACA National and Senior winner Rare example Top of the line Packard model 320 CI 8-cylinder engine 3-speed manual transmission Red exterior Tan interior Wood dash In-dash clock Rumble seat Chrome bumpers Dual side mount spare tires 4-wheel vacuum assist brakes Red wire wheels with Chrome center caps Wide Whitewall tires During the height of The Great Depression, Packard Motor Company produced a series of incredibly well engineered and luxurious cars fitted with refined coachwork from some of the most prestigious coachbuilders. This formula must have worked, as Packard was one of the few luxury automakers to survive what was surely the toughest economic times the U.S. had ever seen. Amazingly, Packard outsold the combined output of all of its direct competitors combined. Besides being in excellent financial health heading into the uncertainty of the 1930s, Packard weathered the storm by continual improvements to its cars. On the exterior, the car features chrome bumpers, dual side-mount spare tires, a rumble seat and red wire wheels with chrome center caps and shod with wide whitewall tires. The Packard also has ride control, Bijur lubrication, semi-elliptic suspension, mechanical brakes, heavy vibration dampening bumpers and a new radiator that was installed at a 5-degree angle, plus a new sloped grille with chrome vertical bars and shutters, which were thermostatically controlled to open or close based on the amount of heat being generated by the engine. To own a Packard was a ticket to possession of a grandiose automobile, built to deliver members of the upper class to their destinations with grace and style.
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