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1942 Packard

160 Touring Sedan


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Engine Size
356ci Inline 8
Transmission Type
3 Speed Manual W/ Overdrive

1942 Packard 160 Touring Sedan

1942 Packard 160 Touring Sedan

Packard was an American luxury automobile marque built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, United States. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last Detroit-built Packard in 1956, when they built the Packard Predictor, their last concept car. The company was considered the preeminent luxury car before World War II and built aircraft engines for the Allied war effort. Owning a Packard was prestigious, and surviving examples are found in museums, car shows and automobile collections.

For consignment, a senior Packard produced prior to changing over to the war effort we offer you one of a mere 2,580 units which were produced prior to the effort changeover. This beautiful automobile is presented as one of the best examples to have survived for the prewar collector. Able to accommodate 7 passengers in luxurious comfort, this car comes with many amenities other manufacturers could only dream of at this time, like a heater, push button radio, cowl antenna, glove box dash clock, and safety plate window glass just to name a few. Delve into this delicious and decadent automobile and I don't think you'll be needing dessert!

Presenting in its style-licious lines and steel, we start with the tall chromed vertical ribbed V grille in front. As it thins out towards the bottom some curvaceous horizontal ribs emanate towards the fenders and curve with the bulbous panels. A chromed bumper below thins out towards the edges and in the center has some extra vertical protection bars. Large running lights are nestled just on either side of this grille setup, and just above are a single round headlight on either side with a wide shiny bezel and bullet style turn signal and trimming just above. On the sides of the V shaped hood are beautifully styled One Sixty badges in your grandmother's handwriting, although this was a custom styled font specific to packards. On top front and center of the hood is a bakelite art deco styled hood ornament which uses clear and tan bakelite mounted in an aero trimming of chrome. Similar to the streamliner train engines of the era. All the steel from the fenders to the doors to the panels and roof, are bathed in beautiful dark blue paint which sucks your eyes in really deep for this finish. The same holds true for the trimmings as these are nicely polished, and present in excellent condition. The door handles show some pitting and beginnings of rust as do the tops of the ribbed running boards. A split front windscreen is wrapped in shiny polished stainless, and the rest of the glass on this long liner is looking in excellent condition. As we scan to the back the passenger compartment takes up the lion's share of the roofline and 5 back glass windows, and the roofline culminates in a gently sloping downward trunk lid. This is flanked on either side with the curved downward rear fenders that have the taillight mounted within the lowers. Wide whitewall tires wrap trim ringed and polished Packard badged center hubs on all 4 corners. A unique piece of sculpted Detroit iron when luxury and excess were deemed limitless.

As we enter this spacious interior, we need to start at the back of the passenger compartment as it has an overstuffed bench complete with arm built into the sides of the rear panels. This couch if you will, is covered in tan broadcloth which presents as new. Wonderful thick pile carpeting, also in tan, covers the floors and an ingenious footrest magically transforms into a jump seat that folds down from the back of the front bench to accommodate 2 more passengers if needed. Upfront another long overstuffed bench is mounted in front of the art deco inspirited dash. This is also in excellent condition and in tan broadcloth. A blue painted metal dash is peppered with horizontal ribbed chromed trimmings and some faux wood burl painted metal. A few scratches and some peel off of the chrome plating is noted on this dash. In the center is the push button radio with a large grated speaker covering just below. Under the dash to the driver's left is an aftermarket oil pressure gauge. A nice large round bakelite steering wheel is fronting this dash and has a circular horn ring that is flattened at its top. The headliner and door panels are all excellent as well.

Under the center hinged hood resides a 356ci inline 8-cylinder engine. It is capable of putting out 160hp and is fed by an oil bath covered 2-barrel carburetor. On back is a 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive and it's also original to this car. This engine is nothing to sneeze at as Packard produced engines for war planes licensing the Merlin Engine from Rolls Royce and also producing the V-1650 which powered the P51 Mustang Fighter which was ironically known as the Cadillac of the Skies (slap in face!).

Underneath there is plenty of surface rust seen on body hangers, running board under, and some suspension parts. Framing remains solid and supports front independent coil spring suspension and rear leaf springs. Drum braking is noted on all 4 corners.

A little putting' on the Ritz for this test drive where I allowed my partner in crime drive because he's more adept at these prewar monsters than I am. I climbed in back and enjoyed the ride, which I could tell had nice acceleration, good braking and a smooth cruise at highway altitude. Lots of leg room and plenty of amenities with the heat and rear lighting. I don't smoke but felt the need due to the abundance of ash receptacles around me. All functions were working swimmingly.

Strap on your spats, high hat and bring lots of dollars as this car can, reminiscing of a time when the income taxes were low and income for the barons and movers and shakers of the day were really wealthy (just like today Hi OHHHH). Cadillacs are so pedestrian especially when we can roll around town in a Packard 7-passenger 160 Tourer. And now it graces or uniquely apportioned with consignments Hallowed Halls.

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.