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1938 Packard 1601 Eight Convertible Coupe

    For 1938 the Packard One Twenty was briefly renamed the Series Eight. New this year was all-steel construction in the body which made the cars somewhat heavier than the 1937 models.

    A new styling trend for the 1938 model year was a small chrome stripe that split the front windshield and ran onto the roof giving it a sleek appearance.

    The year 1938 was the first for the famed Packard Darrins of Hollywood, CA. This car was one of eight made that year. These early Darrins set the stage - as the car was lowered 3 inches, its hood stretched 9 inches and its windshield lowered and 'raked.' Forward-opening 'suicide doors' were low-slung. And the interior was racey with bucket seats and an airplane cowling above the recessed dash.

    This car was originally owned by Adolf Zuker, a Paramount Picture motion picture mogul. In the fall of 1939, the car underwent a front 'facelift' to give it a unique appearance. This update makes this car the only 1938 Darrin with a 1940 front clip and grille. It is one of only eight custom-made Victorias that were hand built in 1938 by Howard 'Dutch' Darrin at his Hollywood, California shop. Noted for its long and sleek hood and rather short rear deck, it is a true one-off automobile.

    This Packard Darrin is also considered to be the first to be built without running boards. The oversized forward facing suicide doors are low slung and easily became the signature feature of the Darrin designed automobile.

    Additional features include bucket seats with a sporty dash that included leather 'airplane cowling' atop the dash.

    In 2011 this car was restored from the ground up and then driven on a 4,200 mile cross country tour from New York City to San Francisco.

    No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

    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 Profiles

    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