1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight Vehicle Profile

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Bohman & Schwartz
Packard produced 55,719 cars in 1938, very commendable since this was a recession year which occurred as part of the Great Depression. Of these, 2,478 were Super 8 models. Packard would go on to survive until 1958 when it ceased production. Several other car companies also went out of business in the same time frame.

The sixteenth series for Packard's featured pontoon fenders and a split-vee windshield.

This Model 1605 Convertible Sedan was the most expensive automobile in the Packard line. Bodied by Bohman & Schwartz, it is the only Packard convertible sedan with a removable hard top. Bohman & Schwartz was a custom coachbuilder that would survive until the 1950's. In 1932, after Murphy closed, employees Christian Bohman and Maurice Schwartz set up their own coachworks, and they quickly gained a reputation for more avant-grade styling, often bodied Duesenbergs, Cords and Cadillacs as well as Packards. This car was delivered new to California then was sold to an owner in Mexico, where it stayed for a decade. The car returned to the United States in the late 1950s. It was purchased by its current owner 12 years ago and has just been through a ground-up restoration.

It features optional dual side mount spares, a full leather interior, the rear luggage rack, a radio, a heater and the very rare Packard Roak lights with the Packard logo imprinted on them.

This example is painted in Silver Gray with a Cognac interior and it is a multiple national award winner. This particular car was recently re-restored for the second time in 2016 after becoming known as the 'Packard in the Pond' after an unfortunate situation at the 2015 Hilton Head Concours. It rolled into a golf water hazard, necessitating the cars second restoration of the year.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.


Chassis number Auction Sales History

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YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Packard Super Eight Sedanca deVille by Barker
Chassis#: A500689
Sold for $220,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
1938 Packard Super Eight Convertible Sedan
Sold for $137,500
  2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions
Sold for $60,000
  2001 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN

No Sale

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 PACKARD 1605 CONVERTIBLE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$57,000  
1938 PACKARD 1605 CONVERTIBLE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$56,000  
1938 PACKARD 1605 FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2001 Kruse Auction Denver, CO$28,000  


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