1950 Packard Eight news, pictures, specifications, and information
|Station Sedan Woodie Wagon|
Coachwork: Briggs Manufacturing
Also in 1948, Packard introduced their wagon, called the Standard Eight Station Sedan. It predated Ford's similarly styled version by a full year. Packard's Station Sedan featured a folding rear seat, a rolled roof, and raked C and D-pillars. The styling had been courtesy of Al Prance.
The 'Woodie Wagons' were built atop a four-door, six-passenger sedan and sent to Briggs Manufacturing for completion. Briggs Manufacturing converted the sedan into a full station wagon and used ash and maple for the wood components. In 1948, the station wagons sold for $3,424. By 1950, that figure had increased to $3,449. Between those years, 1948 to 1950, there were a total of 3,900 woodies bodied by the Briggs Manufacturing Company.
This example is painted in its original Packard Ivory Color and features a completely restored wood work. It was given a frame-up cosmetic restoration.
This Model 3201 Woodie Wagon is powered by a 288 cubic-inch L-head eight-cylinder engine which produces 135 horsepower. There is a column shift manual gearbox and four-wheel drum brakes. The car rides on a wheelbase that measures 120 inches.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
|Station Sedan Woodie Wagon|
Coachwork: Briggs Manufacturing
Chassis Num: G290876CE239353712
|Sold for $58,300 at 2008 RM Auctions.|
The Station Sedan produced by Packard was an effort to improve its upscale image and align it self with other sought-after vehicles such as Chrysler's Town & Country Woody Wagon. The Packard's had decorative ash framework, innovative Di-Noc panels which gave the appearance of mahogany, high build quality, and a smooth ride. A new Station Sedan was priced at $3,425. Production would continue, mostly unchanged, through 1950. There were 3,864 examples produced making them very rare then and now.
In the early 2000s, this 1950 Packard Eight Station Sedan was given a body-off restoration. It is well-equipped with a clock, heater, AM radio, period correct whitewall tires, steel wheels, chrome-plated hubcaps, red 'Packard' emblems, leather upholstery, and black carpeting.
In 2008, this car was brought to the 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $70,000-$90,000. Though the vehicle carried a reserve, it was lifted even though bidding did not reach the estimated value. The lot was sold for $58,300 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008
Chassis Num: 2392532470
|Sold for $11,000 at 2010 RM Auctions.|
The Standard Eight Sedan was priced from $2,250 and was the company's entry-level model. This example has traveled less than 1,000 miles since it emerged from 35-40 years of garage storage. The exterior was refinished in a darker shade of green than original, and features include a re-chromed grille and bumpers, and a set of period-style wide whitewall tires. The interior includes a new floor mat and a number of new control knobs.
In 2010, this car was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $10,000 - $14,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $11,000, which includes buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2010
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