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1938 Packard 1601 Eight Convertible Victoria

  • Coachwork by Darrin
  • Chassis Number: A309389
  • Engine Number: C325338D
The Sixteenth Series Packard models were introduced in September of 1937. Most of the changes were cosmetic, including more rounded fenders and 'vee'd' windshields on many of the bodies. Sales for 1938 reached 48,682 units, which was less than the prior year's model.

One of the most memorable designs bestowed upon the Packard chassis was those of Howard 'Dutch' Darrin. He began with a standard Eight Business Coupe and gave it a rakish body and sweeping cut-down curves of the doors - known as the 'Darrin Dip.' The Darrin became part of the catalog for 1940 with three models: Sport Sedan, Convertible Sedan, and Convertible Victoria. Nearly 100 were built through 1942 when production was halted prior to World War II.

This example is the second Darrin convertible produced. It is believed that it was built for the actor Clark Gable. The car had an ash frame with an aluminum cowl and many hand-fashioned trim pieces. The car is unique in that the length of the hood is stretched to within a one-half inch of the door opening, the only one of the series built that way.

Gable kept the car for only a short time. The next owner was a lady in Texas.

This car wears an older restoration and is fitted with many unique hand-fashioned parts. It has a black exterior, maroon leather interior and a tan canvas top.

The 282 cubic-inch inline L-head 8-cylinder engine produces 120 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes with vacuum booster.

In 2010, the car was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $225,000 - $300,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $269,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2010

2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $225,000-USD $300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $269,500

2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia

Sale Price :
USD $282,000

1938 Packard 1601 Eight Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Packard 1601 Eight

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 PACKARD EIGHT ONE-TWENTY CONVERTIBLE VICTORIA
Chassis#: A320460B
Sold for USD$128,800
  2023 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1938 Packard 1601 Eight image  1938 Packard 1601 Eight image  
1938 Packard Eight All-Weather Brougham
Chassis#: A310934A
Sold for USD$50,400
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1938 Packard Eight Convertible Coupe
Sold for USD$48,400
  2020 RM Sothebys : Open Roads, Fall
 
1938 Packard Eight Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$8,250
  2019 Mecum : Chicago
 
1938 Packard Eight Convertible Coupe
Sold for USD$33,000
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1938 Packard Eight Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 11993217
Sold for USD$33,000
  2019 Auburn Spring : RM Auctions
 
1938 Packard 8 Sedan
Sold for USD$24,750
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1938 PACKARD 1601 4-DOOR TOURING SEDAN
Chassis#: 119216074
Sold for USD$29,700
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1938 Packard Eight Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$65,250
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
1938 Packard 1601 Eight image  1938 Packard 1601 Eight image  
1938 Packard One-Twenty Straight Eight
Chassis#: 482547
Sold for USD$24,276
  2015 Barons Auction : Annual Yuletide Classic
 
1938 Packard Eight Cabriolet by Graber
Chassis#: 1601-2039
Sold for USD$1,760,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
 
1938 Packard Eight Brewster Limousine
Sold for USD$40,000
  2015 Mecum - Rogers'Classic Car Museum 2015
 
1938 Packard Eight cabriolet
Sold for USD$33,944
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1938 Packard Eight All-Weather Panel Brougham
Sold for USD$77,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1938 Packard 1601 Eight image  1938 Packard 1601 Eight image  
1938 Packard Eight Series 1601 Club Coupé
Chassis#: B312824A
Sold for USD$18,495
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1938 Packard Eight Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: A309389
Sold for USD$269,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1938 Packard 1601 Eight image  1938 Packard 1601 Eight image  
1938 Packard Eight Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: A313050
Sold for USD$60,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
 
1938 Packard 1601 Eight Sedan
Chassis#: 424761
Sold for USD$29,430
  2009 Shannons Auctions - 2009 Shannons Classic Vehicle Auction at MotorEx
 
1938 Packard Eight Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: A309389
Sold for USD$282,000
  2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
1938 Packard 1601 Eight image  1938 Packard 1601 Eight image  
1938 Packard Eight Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 11992325
Sold for USD$93,500
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 

Packard 1601 Eights That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 Packard 1601 Eight's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 PACKARD 120 CUSTOM CONVERTIBLEWA982538832022 BarrettJackson : Scottsdale, Arizona   
1938 Packard Eight Touring Sedan 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$24,000  
1938 Packard 120 2016 Carlisle Auctions : Lakeland Winter Auction   
1938 PACKARD EIGHT CONVERTIBLE COUPE 2011 Auctions America Spring Auburn$80,000  
1938 PACKARD EIGHT CONVERTIBLE COUPE 2011 Auctions America Fort Lauderdale$72,500  
1938 Packard Darrin Convertible 2010 Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'EleganceCollectors' Motorcars $225,000$275,000
1938 PACKARD MODEL 1601 FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2002 Kruse Auction Tulsa, OK$8,000  
1938 PACKARD MODEL 8 TOURING SEDAN 2001 Kruse Auction Tulsa, OK$30,000  

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1938 Packard 1601 Eight

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1938 Packard 1601 Eight vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin
Chassis #: A320460B
1938 Packard 1601 Eight vehicle information
All-Weather Panel Brougham
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
Engine #: 310934
1938 Packard 1601 Eight vehicle information
Cabriolet
Designer: Graber
1938 Packard 1601 Eight vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin
Chassis #: A309389
Engine #: C325338D