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Convertible Coupe
 
A total of 3,525 160's were produced in 1941, this limited production car is complete with factory overdrive and a vacuum power convertible top. The selling price was $1,937, plus extra cost for radio, heater and overdrive. The car came with a 356 cubic-inch flat head engine producing 160 horsepower.

The current owner purchased the car about two years ago and has been doing some restoration work on it. The car is driven on a regular basis.
Touring Sedan
 
This 1941 Packard 160 Convertible Sedan is powered by a Super 8 356 cubic-inch engine, which produces 160 horsepower. There is a three-speed, column mounted, gearbox and dual sidemounts with metal covers. The car is painted in Roman blue and has matching grey leather interior with tan Harts top and boot. There are wide whitewalls, an original Packard Radio and heater, and a clock. It was restored during the mid-1980s and driven sparingly since that time.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
Derham Formal Sedan
Coachwork: Derham
 
By the late 1930's most American custom coachbuilders had closed their doors. One that remained in business was Derham, in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, which amazingly continued to operate until 1971.

Derham designed and built bodies for many of the Classic automobile manufacturers, including Packard. This formal sedan was one of the most elegant body styles to appear on any automobile chassis.

The Packard 160 and 180 were powered by the famous Packard straight eight engine.
Convertible Sedan
 
For 1941, Packard's 19th Series, headlights were incorporated into the fenders and the radiator pushed forward, giving the cars a longer appearance. This Packard was purchased new by a college professor in Asheville, NC who later sold it to another professor at Stanford University.

Today, the Deluxe Convertible Sedan is desirable and rare. It was one of Packard's lowest production models in 1941 and only 100 were built (and seven (some sources say 12) are known to exist today.)

Riding on a 127 inch wheelbase chassis, this Packard is powered by the company's legendary 356 cubic-inch, straight eight motor that develops 165 horsepower. This beautifully restored Packard has been a winner wherever it's been shown.

Mechanically, the Packard 160 shared much of its design with the upscale 180. They shared the chassis design, four-wheel hydraulic brakes, selective synchromesh three-speed transmission and a 160 horsepower straight eight-cylinder engine with hydraulic valve lifters. To distinguish the more senior lines, Packard added luxurious interior appointments, unique hood louver trim and enameled hubcap emblems. Early 1940s Packard innovations included sealed beam headlights, fender mounted parking lamps, and the optional ability to now be 'Cooled by Mechanical Refrigeration.'

Approximately 100 of these convertible sedan models were produced. Convertible sedans, because of the missing room and multiple door openings, were one of the most complex and expensive models. However, due to those same characteristics, they tend to have a low survival rate. This car was first delivered new on December 24, 1940. It is now on its third owner, who purchased it in 2008.
Convertible Coupe
 
This car was restored in California and currently has less than 100 miles on the odometer since the restoration. The current owner purchased it sight-unseen.
Town Car
Coachwork: Rollson
Chassis Num: 14722138
 
Sold for $55,000 at 2010 RM Auctions.
Sold for $50,600 at 2011 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $132,000 at 2012 Barrett-Jackson.
There were minimal changes for the Packard's in 1941, though the new 19th Series did integrate some design features that had become increasingly common in American cars in the early 1940s. Among these was the integration of the headlamps into the fenders to create one smooth modern unit. The 356 cubic-inch inline eight-cylinder engine offered 160 horsepower and there was a three-speed manual gearbox.

This Super Eight One-Sixty Model 1904 five-person touring sedan rides on a 138-inch wheelbase and wears coachwork by Rollson, the New York City-based coachbuilder formerly known as Rollston. Swathed in brown broadcloth upholstery, the passenger compartment is enhanced with bud vases, a beveled vanity mirror, a speaker phone, jump seats, silk sun shades and a heater. Upholstered in black leather with a wood grain windowsill trim and offering a fashionable instrument panel with a horizontally graded speedometer, the driver's cockpit is just as sophisticated.

There are dual side-mount spares and whitewall tires.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell for $60,000-$80,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $50,600 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2011
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