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Packard w Factory Air-Conditioning
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Daniel Shanahan
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1941 Coupe with Factory Air Conditioning. $23,500. Located an hour north of San Francisco. Clear Title
danshan1@att.net or 209 531-3095

Base price new, $1275. with the 282 ci Straight Eight. Factory Air Conditioning $275. Borg Warner Aero-drive $68. Radio with top mounted antenna $63.50. Rear fender shields $24.75. Whitewall tires $19.00. Under seat heater and cowl mounted defroster. $36.50

I believe 128,283.8 is the actual mileage, as the odometer shows 28,283.

Berry Motor Car in St. Lewis sold it new on December 18, 1940. It spent much of its life in Texas with Jim Hollingsworth, until he traded it to the Price family in the 1980's. Until September 2019, they stored it indoors in dry Kansas. I first looked at it 25 +/- years ago but it was not for sale. When it became available, we bought it planning to run the 2020 Great Race from Texas through the south in an Air-Conditioned car. Personal issues delayed our planned refurbishing, and the race was then cancelled, so I'm willing to sell it.

We cleaned the gas tank, rebuilt the fuel pump and carburetor, changed the oil, replaced the battery, then while starting it discovered the water pump bearing was really noisy, which probably was the reason it was parked. A new pump and radiator hoses made it drivable.

The engine starts easily, shows good oil pressure, does not overheat or make strange noises. The clutch is smooth and does not slip. The transmission shifts properly and does not grind, crunch, or make unusual bearing noises. Even at parking speed it steers easily and drives without pulling or wandering. Although the tires are holding 90's air, are not cracked, and have deep tread, they should be replaced. The brakes are satisfactory, but I'd plan on replacing all three flex hoses, and overhauling the brake cylinders.

It does not appear the car has ever been apart or abused. The doors, hood, and trunk fit well and open and latch easily. The windows roll up and down without problems, but the right front vent glass is cracked. Unless you intend to restore the car to 90+ points, the chrome is attractive as it is.

The Silver French Grey and Puritan Grey paint looks original. I have not found any masking holidays, or overspray, but there is evidence inside that the trunk lid had some minor damage repaired a long time ago. When it was resprayed the original black rear fender welts were covered with the darker grey lower body color. Surface rust is visible underneath, but as solid as the car is, I would not expect much in the way of body rust repairs would show when prepping it for repainting, if after driving it a bit you just couldn't stand the 10 ft look any longer.

Nearly all the lights, instruments, and accessory controls function, but you'll probably find a bad bulb or loose wire to tinker with. Under the hood there are two short flex hoses for the AC compressor that should be changed while off for a new seal. All the rest of that plumbing is steel and intact. Continuing with plumbing the heater hoses are not connected to the engine


After you've seen the images, please contact me and expect an honest answer to any questions you may have. I'm willing walk around the car while we talk and take additional detailed photographs of any detail that you'd want to see up close if you are unable to inspect it yourself in Northern California.

For the print ad.
A Factory Air-Conditioned 1941 Packard Coupe. Runs and drives properly. Does not appear to ever been apart, or abused. Please inquire for more images and written details. $23,500

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Posted on: 2020/5/27 21:34
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Re: Packard w Factory Air-Conditioning
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John
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Very nice car.

Posted on: 2020/5/27 21:59
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Re: Packard w Factory Air-Conditioning
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Daniel Shanahan
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Thank you.

Do you have an interest?

Posted on: 2020/5/28 21:21
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Re: Packard w Factory Air-Conditioning
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Do you know how long Jim owned this car?
Trying to remember if I ever saw this car.
Did Jim change out the compressor?

Posted on: 2020/5/28 22:09
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Re: Packard w Factory Air-Conditioning
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George
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Love the car--noticed no passenger side hood latch and air cleaner

Posted on: 2020/5/29 6:44
1954 Cavalier (export model)
1953 Clipper Deluxe (sold)
1941 Clipper

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Re: Packard w Factory Air-Conditioning
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Daniel Shanahan
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Jim told me he'd owned it for over ten years when it traded it to Mr. Price for the black 1940 station wagon that he combined with the 180 chassis that is the basis of the Grey 1940 wagon that is shown in his book, and that I now own.

He also said it the 41 coupe was probably his favorite Packard, but the only way he could get the wagon was to trade it for the 41 as Kenney really wanted the coupe, and did not want to sell the wagon outright.

I do not know if Jim or Mr Price converted the AC to a newer compressor that allows the use of a clutch which provides better control of the AC and prevents having to remove and replace the AC belt with the change of seasons.

I do have the optional oil bath air cleaner which was off just for photographs. The right side hood latch will be reinstalled on the car this weekend.

Posted on: 2020/5/29 18:10
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The optional Oil Bath air cleaner was off only for the photos, and the right hood latch will be installed on the car this weekend.

Posted on: 2020/5/29 18:13
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Re: Packard w Factory Air-Conditioning
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I do not know if Jim or Mr Price converted the AC to a newer compressor that allows the use of a clutch which provides better control of the AC and prevents having to remove and replace the AC belt with the change of seasons.


Looks a lot like a cast iron Tecumseh compressor in the photo and fairly appropriate for a "modern" substitution. Ford used them thru the 70s but even those are starting to get expensive and hard to find parts for. Definitely less in your face than a Sanden which is on a Clipper Jim used to own. Does the belt fit the groove on the fan pulley properly or can you tell if the fan pulley and particularly the AC groove on the fan pulley is stock or could it possibly be custom made for the compressor?

According to the number that belt is 1/2" wide. The groove on my repro fan pulley which was made by a guy who Jim put me in touch with an eon ago is supposed to be a copy of the prewar pulley and requires a belt width of 7/8".

Just wondering if he might have had the same guy make him a custom narrower width pulley. I easily found a wide groove clutch (large diesel truck application) for my modern Sanden compressor but it was a challenge finding a 7/8 wide off the shelf belt in a short enough length to fit between the fan pulley and the compressor when it was mounted in the stock location. Even with the shortest belt I had to move the compressor outward a bit.

Posted on: 2020/5/29 18:49
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