*Among the most elegant sedan bodies available on the 180
*Great AACA tour car
*Attractive and practical
THE PACKARD 180
1939 Marked the final year of the twelve cylinder Packard and 1940 saw the up rated straight eight take over as Packard's top power plant. As the eight had nearly rivaled the twelve in terms of horsepower the eight was a bit lighter and a much simpler engine to build and maintain. Now rated at 160 hp it proved more than ample to power even the heaviest custom models.
Packards top model was now called the 180 and was introduced with fresh styling in 1940. A successful revamp of the classic Packard front end gave the cars a more modern appearance while keeping true to Packards iconic radiator design. The chassis had steadily been advanced over the years and were a truly modern offering. Though quite similar to the 160 model the long wheelbase 180 was reserved for Packards custom coachwork offerings.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Purchased in January of 1989 alongside the Lincoln Zephyr also found in the museum, this generously proportioned Packard exists with touches from many decades. Its bright red exterior and graceful lines are very much of the 1940s while the interior has been festooned in a wild leopard skin patterned upholstery- presumably in the 1980s. The remainder of the car appears in a rather worn condition and is due for some cosmetic and mechanical restoration.
Nevertheless, Packards of this era are noted for their fine road manors. The smooth-running engine and effortless gear box make the car a pleasure to drive. The excellent chassis and engine combine for a surprisingly quiet and smooth driving experience. Once restored it will surely be cherished by its next caretaker.
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