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Production Date '38 1608
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I found a car similar to mine and within 4 cars. They said that they found a production date of July 30, 1937 written on a panel behind the rear seat.

My question is could a '38 be produced that early?

Posted on: 12/10 12:13:16
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Within 4 cars by the theft-proof number, or by the vehicle number? Neither one necessarily means the cars were closely related time-wise, especially for low volume models. What is the theft-proof number?

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Re: Production Date '38 1608
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Vehicle number, don't know the theft number.

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Engine numbers are within 11.

Posted on: 12/10 14:00:50
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blue40devil,

See in the Owner Registry you have a '38 Twelve Touring Sedan. Now someone will correct me if I'm wrong but "I think" the bodies for the Senior Cars were virtually the same year-to-year in that era. Plus Twelve production was fairly low so unused bodies might be sitting for a while until put into production. And the Thief Proof Number is the large embossed number on the firewall, if you can provide that, it may help.

Posted on: 12/10 14:38:37
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'38 Eight Sedan 38's are great! (Sold July 2009)
'41 120 Club Coupe 41's the One! (Sold October 2017)
'48 2222 "Almost" Rolling Limo Chassis and Engine (Sold Sept 2019)
'50 Eight Touring Sedan

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Mal, what you suggest is true for the Twelve between 1938 and 1939; many 1939 Twelves are bodied with leftover 1938 Twelve bodies which were in fact identical, identification very easily established by the theft-proof #.

We also know of a handful of 1936 Twelves bodied with leftover 1935 bodies plus an updated noseclip.

But that does not hold true for 1937 senior bodies, they are significantly different from 1938.

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Unfortunately, I have no way to access the other car or its TPN. I have been told my car was EARLY, whatever that means.

Also the data plate (decal) on mine is illegible.

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Owen_Dyneto wrote:Mal,.....But that does not hold true for 1937 senior bodies, they are significantly different from 1938.

Dave.

I stand corrected!

Posted on: 12/10 16:17:17
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"Out of chaos comes order" - Nietzsche.

'38 Eight Sedan 38's are great! (Sold July 2009)
'41 120 Club Coupe 41's the One! (Sold October 2017)
'48 2222 "Almost" Rolling Limo Chassis and Engine (Sold Sept 2019)
'50 Eight Touring Sedan

Project Blogs:
'41 120 Club Coupe - Locked
Wade's Workshop - Locked
'50 Eight Touring Sedan

What's this? >>>>>> FAQ - Add your Packard to the Owners Registry
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Re: Production Date '38 1608
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I stand in awe of both of you and your knowledge. Thanks for helping.

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