PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF LAWRENCE E. WARNER
1937 PACKARD 120 CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Chassis No. 1099-3855
Engine No. 129615
Maroon with a tan top and saddle leather interior
Engine: L-head, straight eight, 282ci., 120bhp at 3,800rpm; Gearbox: three-speed selective synchromesh manual; Suspension: front, independent with coil springs, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel hydraulic drums. Left hand drive.
On January 5th, 1935, the Packard Motor Car Company introduced the One Twenty with resounding success. For the coming months Packard executives would watch as sales figures rose convincingly; the already popular line of Packard Senior cars seemed to create a very profitable link between the newly established Junior cars. In addition to the cleverly planned sales and marketing plan Packard had conceived for the 1935 line, their success was owed in large part to the creativity of the designers. These designers, who had proven themselves to be on the forefront of automotive and mechanical design, had stylishly reinvented the formula for the Packard Twelfth Series. Improvements included a completely redesigned front grille that sloped at a tastefully raked angle, far more aerodynamic bodywork, as well as newly designed headlamps and bonnet louvres. In essence, they included all the necessary elements for manufacturing one of the most successful lines of automobiles they had ever produced. Packard new car registrations rose from 6,552 in 1934 to an impressive and nearly unmatched 95,239 for 1937.
With its freshly adopted independent front suspension system and redesigned steering linkage system, the Packard One Twenty also featured new hydraulic brakes utilizing centrifuse drums with two shoes for each wheel. The 1937 line continued to improve upon its predecessors. The overall body design remained largely unchanged from the 1936 models with the exception of some minor details. The grilles were changed minimally and the Packards carried over their lovely shape and form. Offered with over fifteen different color choices and a plethora of options and amenities, the factory production models were quickly bringing an end to the coachbuilt era.
This Packard One Twenty Convertible is recorded as being delivered new to Flynn Motors of Providence, Rhode Island in May of 1937. Little of the car's history is known until it came into the ownership of Mr. Warner who decided the car should be fully restored. This work was entrusted to Al's Antique Auto Restoration who carried out a two year, no expense spared, complete nut and bolt rebuild in the late 1980s. A huge stack of invoices and receipts indicate that around $130,000 was invested in this project. Fittingly, this Packard won a National First Prize and Senior Award from the AACA at Hershey in addition to being a Grand National Winner. It also won the AACA Joseph Parkin award in 1990 for the best restored Packard in the Eastern Division. In 1992 the Packard was also shown at the Meadowbrook Hall Concours d'Elegance.
This Packard is complete with wide white wall tires, side mounted spares with metal covers and mirrors, Trippe Safety driving lights, a Packard heater, clock and a custom radio. In recent years this vehicle has had minimal use and prior to the auction the car will be carefully checked over by a restoration facility. Since its concours restoration, this outstanding vehicle has driven less than 300 miles.