16 August 1998
FROM THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY M. RUMSEY
1936 PACKARD MODEL 120 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
COACHWORK BY PACKARD FACTORY
Chassis No. 9971222
Black with black leather interior and tan top
Engine: straight eight, 282ci., 120bhp at 3,800rpm; Gearbox: 3-speed manual; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear; Brakes: four wheel drum. Left hand drive.
Starting in 1932 the Packard Motor Company made a decision to enter the mid-price range market. The Model 900 was to compete with Buick, La Salle and Studebaker. Although the 'shovel nose' was very good looking and lovely to drive, the endeavor was unsuccessful mostly because of Packard's inability to build a less expensive car using their existing assembly line. In their advertising, they stated we are offering a car that can be purchased out of income and not capital. Because of manufacturing problems and a soft market, they dropped the model at the end of the year.
Again in 1936 a more organized attempt at this market was introduced with the Model 120. Because of the economics of the time, appeal and performance, the 120 eight cylinder was an immediate success. Of the eight body styles available, the convertible sedan at $1395 was the most expensive.
The car on offer here was sold new by the Barry Motor Company in St. Louis. In 1938 Michael Rumsey, of that city, purchased the car for his mother's use. He kept the car after her death, maintaining it and using it sparingly. On Mr. Rumsey's passing in 1974, the car passed to his wife Dorothy. Some twenty years ago the car was repainted and a new black leather interior was installed. The speedometer indicates 89,554 miles which is believed to be true, and the vehicle is in running condition. This elegant 'Junior Series' Packard with its desirable body style, today still offers Packard quality at an affordable price.
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