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Was 1947 the last year for the Packard Six?
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Is it also true that the Six was only offered in Packards that were designated for use as taxis?

Or is that just one of those Packard myths?......

Was the Six dropped because of low sales after WW2?

Posted on: 2008/10/29 11:02
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What are the major differences between 1939 Senior Packards and the 120?
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I was admiring the 1939 Super Eight club coupe currently on Ebay when the above question came to my mind...

Obviously, the senior cars have different engines (and transmissions?), but by '39 weren't they sharing the IFS used on the 120? Did they stretch the 120 chassis/sheet metal for senior cars that year? Are there more differences in upholstery materials (e.g.) and instrument panels?

I know this is a long question, but am very curious, being fascinated with automotive history in general and Packard's history in particular (maybe someday I'll own one!...)...

Thanks!

Posted on: 2008/10/29 9:21
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IMHO, the 1950s Packard designs have held up well...
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Okay, I know I'm preaching to the choir here...but I think the 1951-1956 designs STILL look good today.

From what I've read, Packards were considered 'stodgy' in their day (though I doubt anyone would consider the '55-'56 updates stodgy). In my opinion, they've held up well as examples of (relatively) clean styling, given some of the chrome-laden designs used by their competitors.

Thoughts?

Posted on: 2008/10/28 13:10
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Re: Mal's '41 120 Coupe
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My dad had a '51 convertible when I was 8 years old. His was green (I forget what color interior). It was the 1st convertible I ever rode in!

For some reason he didn't own it for very long...wish I had it now!

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Re: Are there production figures for 1955-1956 Packards with manual transmissions?
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Randy, I can't remember where/when I saw this particular '55-'56 Packard advertised for sale, but the ad for it specifically stated that the transmission had been swapped for a Torqueflite per approved practice of some Packard club. I don't recall if the ad even mentioned WHICH club 'approved'.

I remember wondering at the time why the owner just didn't rebuild the Ultramatic - or have it rebuilt for him.

Here is a link I found on Google; it refers to a '56 Golden Hawk but backs up what I posted...

http://www.1956goldenhawk.com/newslpdf/56jon008.pdf

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What's the best Packard for a newbie?
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When I was a little kid (I'm 52 now), my dad had Packards - a 1947 Clipper Deluxe, a 1937 115 sedan (it never ran while he owned it), a 1940 110, and a 1951 250 (?) convertible (the 1st convertible I ever rode in! ). So I've been a fan for a long time (and an auto history buff/fan of orphan makes to boot)...

As an adult, I'm a realist - I'm NOT a hardcore mechanic and money IS an object!

My dilemma - I'm also intrigued by '55-'56 Packards, the V-8, and especially the torsion-bar suspension. I can picture a 400 in aqua and white sitting in my driveway......

But AS a non-mechanic, is an early 50's straight-8 Packard better to start with? Or to dream BIG, a 1947......?

Thoughts? Opinions?

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Are there production figures for 1955-1956 Packards with manual transmissions?
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I'm curious about this, since almost every '55-'56 Packard I've ever seen/read about has an Ultramatic.

And on the subject of transmissions, why did some Packard clubs (or a Packard club) 'approve' swapping a Torqueflite for an Ultramatic? Were they THAT hard to have rebuilt or fixed at one time?

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Re: Is it true that the current Bentley V-8 is based upon Packard's design?
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Maybe so, Randy!...

The following link seems to settle the question....

http://www.rroc.org.au/wiki/index.php?title=History:RR-V8_Designer

BUT out of curiosity, do any of you know whether ANYONE built a V-8 based upon Packard's design?

I've always been amazed that it was only produced for 2 model years when it was built in a state-of-the-art plant and was supposedly very advanced.

Did anyone take advantage of all that engineering prowess?

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Is it true that the current Bentley V-8 is based upon Packard's design?
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I was reading a review of the Bentley Broooklands coupe in the May 2008 issue of Motor Trend when the following quote caught my eye...

"The ageless 6 3/4 liter V-8 under the hood-it traces its origins to a 1950s Packard design-develops 530 horsepower and an axle-twisting 774 pound-feet of torque at 3250 RPM. It's the most powerful V-8 ever from Crewe."

I've often wondered what happened to the V-8 after 1956. It WAS a state of the art, very modern design at the time!

But this is the first time I've EVER heard that the Bentley v-8 is based upon a Packard design!

Is this true?

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