Packard earned a reputation as one of America’s finest car makers in the Brass Era and survived the lean years of The Depression. With the luxury car market in general decline by the mid-’30s, Packard began a programme of diversification, that helped boost sales in the years leading up to the Second World War. However the urge to modernise saw the introduction of an all-new design in 1941 known as the Clipper. The car was designed by Howard “Dutch” Darrin with the help of the Packard’s in-house design team. It was an immediate sales success, production was on target to exceed 80,000 units in its first full year, but Pearl Harbor put paid to that. Along with the rest of the American car industry, Packard resumed production after the war in October 1945. Due to the shortage of raw materials and industrial unrest, Packard’s production was limited to 30,793 units in 1946, with around half of these six-cylinder Clippers.
Our Packard Clipper Deluxe in Nostalgia showroom is an authentic piece of automotive history, restored to perfect condition, with an eight cylinder L-head engine which produces 125hp. The bright orange coat of paint with a matching color on the dash is unique, yet astonishingly luxurious. The chrome finishing, and details on the Packard Clipper are among the most noticeable in car history. The interior was superbly detailed, with lovely Art Deco touches everywhere. The grille, hood details, door handles, body trim, back bumper, side mirrors, rear bumper, and even the dash on the inside are all perfectly rechromed. The orange on the interior is striking when paired with the chrome details.
With 88.890 miles on the clock this is the perfect classic car for someone looking for a truly unique piece of historical mechanical art.
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