1938 Packard SixTOURING SEDAN
Year of manufacture1938
1938 PACKARD SIX 1600 Touring sedan
_Pre-war at a reasonable price
_French grey card
_Chassis : 1182 8340
The Packard Motor Car Company was founded on November 6, 1899 in Ohio by the Ward brothers and their partner Weiss with a slogan that says it all: "Ask the man who own one".
In 1902, it was renamed the Packard Motor Car Company and the first factory was built in 1903 in Detroit and was soon considered ultra-modern. From the beginning, Packard cars were considered to be very competitive and luxurious, which explains the high price. The brand was responsible for many firsts, such as the first 12-cylinder production car, the Twin Six, in 1915 and the first car with air conditioning in 1939. After the crash, the brand was forced to produce more affordable cars in the
cars in the 1930s. The Packard Six was the low-cost alternative to the 8-cylinder in 1937.
Renamed the '110' in 1940, it was built on a 122-inch wheelbase chassis and fitted with a 245 ci side-valve 6-cylinder engine developing 100 hp. Some would say that this was the beginning of the downfall of the brand, yet the triumph was unmistakable: 65,400 units of the Six left the factory in 1937, more than half of all Packards. As a result, the treasury was replenished and the following Packards followed the path of this budget cut.
In spite of this class reversal, the Six benefited from Packard technology: the One Twenty had independent suspension, hydraulic braking and an advanced all-steel body construction.
advanced all-steel body construction. The radiator gives the car a certain presence. The engine is also derived from its big sister and is coupled to a transmission identical to the One Twenty, which is known for its smooth and supple ride.
The car on display is a Touring Sedan in its superb Savana Green colour, produced only in 1938. Its beautiful interior is dressed in a fully restored drapery.
Its previous owner undertook a major work of nearly 16,000 Euros including a new paint job, a stainless steel exhaust system, a fuel pump, the brakes and the electrical system. Its dashboard takes us back to the America of the 1930s and its four-speed manual gearbox reminds us that Americans were not always "automatic".
It is equipped with enviable options such as its "Banjo" steering wheel, radio, clock, trunk rack and heating and defrosting system.
To take the wheel of a Packard is to leap back 90 years, often with more comfort than today's cars can offer.