4 June 2006
1937 PACKARD 1502 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Chassis No. 1063-248
Engine No. 399991
Blue with tan interior
Engine: L-head, straight eight, 320ci, 135bhp at 3,200rpm; Gearbox: three speed; Suspension, Safe-T-fleX independent front with rear semi-elliptical leaf springs; Brakes: hydraulic twelve inch drums all round. Left hand drive.
Packard Motor Car Company was the talk of the industry during the mid-Thirties with increasing sales gains and a record of 109,518 cars leaving the factory in 1937. The company offered a range of vehicles with various options appealing to customers ranging from those with average incomes to the very wealthy. Packards were often in the media with President Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigning in one for his second term and over a hundred Hollywood stars of the era owning models.
Many consider the Packard Eights produced between 1935 and 1939 to be the finest automobiles ever produced by Packard Motor Car Company. The Super Eights of 1937 were a clever marketing move to pare down the Senior cars, but the public only saw optimism with catalogs boasting that the 1937 automobiles 'not as improved models but as new cars.' There were three models of the Super Eights in 1937: the 127 inch wheelbase Model 1500, Packard's bread-and-butter sedan; the 134 inch Model 1501 and the 139 inch wheelbase Model 1502. The latter was offered in six different body styles ranging from the Touring Sedan priced at $2,705 to the LeBaron Town Car, available for $4,990. The Super Eight was equipped with a 320 cubic inch engine carried over from the Fourteenth Series Eights, which now developed 135hp. New with the Super Eights came a redesigned frame which the company promoted as 'four times as stiff and rigid - a frame that now allows the fullest advantages of the finest independent front wheel suspension' - Packard's very own Safe-T-fleX. Coupled with new hydraulic brakes with centrifuse drums, this new setup introduced the 'modern' chassis bringing a smoother ride.
The body design of the car remained similar to the 1936 cars with some subtle changes to the appearance, such as a thirty-degree slant to the radiator grill and the front doors now safely hinged at the front. Additionally, built-in 'bustle' trunks fitted with a double lock were now standard on all sedan-type bodies.
This Packard being offered by Christie's has been with the present owner for nearly ten years during which it underwent a cosmetic restoration with east coast restorer, Art Brummer. More recently it had a full engine rebuild and was exhibited at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in 2002. This handsome Model 1502 Convertible Sedan is a perfect opportunity to own what Packard advertised as 'the car that recognizes no rival save the mighty Packard Twelve.'
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