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1940 PACKARD ONE-TEN --FIRST AIR CONDITIONED NEW YORK CITY TAXI
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ALLEN B. SIMONS
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Automotive News quoted the New York Times, " New Yorkers had to wait until March 17, 1940 for their first air conditioned taxi, a Packard." The 1940 Packard One-Ten, 6-cylinder models served as taxis.

Does anyone have an image of this air conditioned 1940 Packard One-Ten, New York City taxi?

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Posted on: 2018/12/15 10:07
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Re: 1940 PACKARD ONE-TEN --FIRST AIR CONDITIONED NEW YORK CITY TAXI
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I would think an air-conditioning unit would really tax the 6 cylinder motor.

Posted on: 2018/12/15 17:04
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I think so, but given the constraints that New York City traffic imposed, I doubt it was much of a handicap.

Posted on: 2018/12/15 18:47
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I know of only 1 factory A/C 6cyl car and it was not a taxi. There may have been others, and yes, Packard did promote 6cyl Taxi's in 1941, but considering the cost of the A/C, a rare bird indeed whether for Taxi, or average Joe.

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I was just reading an older article in Hemmings Motor News about a perfectly restored 1940 120 with factory A/C which indicated that the system was available on the 110 and 120 models for only a very short while after its introduction. After that, it could be added only to the 160 and 180. Oddly, though, the 120 with it was a later model which can be determined by the flattened rather than squished bumper ends and by the trunk emblem type. I suppose that the later parts could have been used as replacements during the restoration but otherwise it seems to indicate that the A/C option was available later than the article suggests.

Posted on: 2018/12/21 2:31
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Hi Packard Don,

Thanks for your info.

archiveman2977
Allen

Posted on: 2018/12/21 11:49
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Re: 1940 PACKARD ONE-TEN --FIRST AIR CONDITIONED NEW YORK CITY TAXI
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... available on the 110 and 120 models for only a very short while after its introduction. After that, it could be added only to the 160 and 180 ...


In 1940 PMCC announced there (page 4): "It is available on enclosed models of the sedan body type."

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Posted on: 2018/12/30 19:25
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Packard Don
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Yes, it was not available on open cars due to the trunk-mounted unit. The top folded into that area so no room for the A/C too.

Posted on: 2018/12/30 20:08
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Below is photo 235 (of 231-239) from this website's Photo Archives, for a 1940 Packard 120, 1801 Touring Sedan shown at Warren OH in 2007. This is NOT from a 1940 6 cylinder Taxi. This photo is my first inclination the air compressor is a 2 cylinder in-line. I imagined it to be one cylinder.

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Posted on: 2018/12/30 23:56
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I am intrigued how the compressor pulley is attached to the shaft (straight key?) and how it is retained axially on the shaft (hex cap screw with washer and lockwasher?) in a drilled and tapped threads in the shaft end.

Posted on: 2018/12/31 0:01
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