Vehicle Profiles

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Darrin

Chassis Num: 1807-2015
Engine Num: C500740

Packard introduced the Eight in 1924 and was the first Packard to employ four-wheel brakes. The side-valve straight eight engine developed 85 horsepower. The model line-up initially comprised ten models on two wheelbase lengths. A few years later, in....[continue reading]

Club Sedan

The Super 8 180 was Packard's most senior automobile. The 180 Series offered standard with dual sidemounts and a trunk rack. 1940 was also Packard's first year for the column shift transmission and the last year for the independent free standing head....[continue reading]

Sport Sedan
Coachwork: Darrin

Of the catalogued custom body offerings from Packard in 1940 none is rarer than this Darrin Sport Sedan. One of just two produced, and thought to be the only survivor, it is a rare closed creation from designer Howard 'Dutch' Darrin, who was better k....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin

Chassis Num: 18062025

Packard entered the 1940s firmly ensconced at the top of Detroit's luxury car market. It also saw the looming demands of war-related production coming and rationalized its line with the elimination of the complex and expensive Twelve. It was replaced....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin

'Glamour Car of the Year' was Packard's advertising line for the all-new 1940 One-Eighty convertible victoria by Darrin.....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Darrin

Chassis Num: C507382F

There were Packards, and then there were Darrin Packards. Howard 'Dutch' Darrin had been doing custom coachwork on Packards since the early 1920's, but his real 'star' came when he set up shop in Hollywood, customizing Packard coupes into dazzling C....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin

'Glamour Car of the Year' was Packard's advertising line for the all-new 1940 One-Eighty convertible victoria by Darrin.....[continue reading]

Sport Sedan
Coachwork: Darrin

The Sport Sedan rode on a 138 inch wheelbase and standard model 180 sales for 1940 were 1,900 out of a total production of 98,000 units. The Darrin version cost $6,100 which was over $2,000 more than other Packard models. There were reportedly two of....[continue reading]

Club Sedan

With the demise of Packard's 12-cylinder engine at the end of 1939, the Super Eight line with its newly revamped straight-eight engine remained the only Senior series on the books for 1940. To keep up its inventory of styles, Packard management dicta....[continue reading]

Formal Sedan

While the 1939 Packard was the last of the evolution for the company's multi-cylinder cars, the 1940 offerings marked the company's continuing commitment to quality and excellence. While many of the custom bodied Packards were the top of the line, Pa....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin

The Classic Car Club of America recognizes fine and unusual motor cars built between 1925 and 1948 as Full Classics. They are distinguished by fine design, high engineering standards, and superior workmanship. The Classic era epitomizes the transitio....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin

The Packard Darrin was a blending of all the glory that was Packard in the Classic Era with all the chutzpa that was the stock in trade of Howard 'Dutch' Darrin - glamour with lots of pizzazz. Without Darrin's insistence, the car likely would never h....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin

This 1940 Packard 180 Convertible Victoria by Darrin is number eleven of thirty produced, and was purchased by Hollywood actor Chester Morris. All Packard Darrins after serial number 14 were built in the old Auburn plant in Connersville, Indiana. A....[continue reading]

Parisienne Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin

Chassis Num: 18062007

This one-off Packard Seanca Parisienne offered half of a hardtop on what would normally have been a Convertible Victoria body style in the 1940 Packard Custom Series designed by Darrin. The result surely has to be one of the most elegant Packards of ....[continue reading]

Touring Sedan

This was the first year for the Packard 180 series, which replaced the V12 as the top-of-the-line model. Packard had offered 12-cylinder engines intermittently from 1916 through 1939.....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin

The Packard 180 was introduced for the 1940 model year by the Packard Motor Car Company to replace the discontinued Packard Twin Six as their top-of-the-line luxury model. The car was derived from the Packard Super Eight One-Sixty with which it share....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Darrin

This Packard 180 Convertible Sedan was originally owned by Mrs. Welch of the Welch's Grape Juice Company. Her initials were hand painted on the rear doors in a sterling monogram. It was delivered in the Washington D.C. area, where it remained for man....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan by Darrin
Chassis #: 1807-2015 
Club Sedan
 
Sport Sedan by Darrin
 
Convertible Victoria by Darrin
Chassis #: 18062025 
Convertible Victoria by Darrin
 
Convertible Sedan by Darrin
Chassis #: C507382F 
Convertible Victoria by Darrin
 
Sport Sedan by Darrin
 
Club Sedan
 
Formal Sedan
 
Convertible Victoria by Darrin
 
Convertible Victoria by Darrin
 
Convertible Victoria by Darrin
 
Parisienne Victoria by Darrin
Chassis #: 18062007 
Touring Sedan
 
Convertible Victoria by Darrin
 
Convertible Sedan by Darrin
 

History

The Packard One Eighty was first introduced in 1940 and was Packard's new top-of-the-line vehicle. It served as a replacement for the company's V12 powered vehicle. The Packard 180 was given a eight-cylinder 356 cubic-inch engine that produced an astonishing 160 horsepower. Packard proudly claimed that it was the most powerful eight cylinder engine on the market.

Though most of the other series, the 110, 120, 160, and 180, were similar in body styling in 1940, the 180 was segregated by its exquisite interior detailing, and lush carpets and fabrics. Options included a heater/defroster, air conditioning, radio, fender skirts, backup lights and more.

Styling changed only slightly during its production lifespan, lasting until 1942 when World War II brought an end to civilian automobile production. Famous coachbuilders, such as Darrin and LeBaron were given the opportunity to build their interpretation of the automobile on this accommodating chassis. These were constructed in limited numbers and built to suite the individual customers needs, desires, and specifications.

Standard on the 180 Series were power windows, overdrive, and deluxe interior appointments. The 180 Series was powered by a 356-cubic inch straight-eight, with 160 hp, and rode on a 138-inch wheelbase.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009
 
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