Two owners from new
1937 PACKARD 120 CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Chassis No. tba
Black with a tan top and red 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 line 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.
The Packard One Twenty Convertible on offer here has had only two owners from new. The first owner, a Parisian gentleman, is thought to have imported this Packard into France in 1937. From records it seems that the Packard stayed in France until it was purchased by the current vendor, who took the car back into the United States in 1979. Following re-importation some initial restoration work on the car was carried out, including reupholstering the red leather interior. Just last year the car had more extensive restoration work and was stripped to bare metal and repainted black with red striping. Additionally, a new top was fitted and some of the exterior brightwork was rechromed. The engine bay and motor are said to be in original condition, the odometer is reported as showing just under 50,000km, believed to be genuine from new. The Packard is complete with a driver's side spotlamp, engine bay mounted dual horns, white wall tires, radio, a matching convertible top boot as well as its original key. This One Twenty, with its low mileage and continuous and limited chain of ownership is a lovely example of the popular and successful Packard Junior Series cars.
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