1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight Convertible Sedan Vehicle Profile

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight photograph

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Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
Engine # A502325
Sold for $137,500 at 2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions.
James Ward Packard purchased a Winton automobile and had some complaints about it. He was subsequently challenged by Alexander Winton to build a better car. He accepted the challenge, and Packard's first automobile fired up on November 6th of 1899. Along with his brother, William, and George Weiss as partners, he founded the Ohio Automobile Company, selling Packard automobiles in 1900. On October 13th of 1902, it officially became the Packard Motor car Company and moved to Detroit a year later.

Featuring a number of design innovations, including the modern steering wheel, the Packard quickly became a favorite among the wealthy, both in the United States and abroad.

A popular anecdote that's engrained in Packard lore is that a potential customer sent a letter to James Packard requesting information about the dependability of his cars. At the time, there was no sales literature. Packard, President and General Manager had no time to reply personally to the writer, so he told his secretary to tell the gentleman to simply, 'Ask the man who owns one.' Since first published in an advertisement in Motor Age on October 31st of 1901, it became arguably the most famous slogan to ever originate in America.

Packard was the premier luxury competitor for many marques but as the number of automobile manufacturers dwindled during the Great Depression, the main competition was Cadillac. Each company brought out new and innovative features to draw in the high end car buyers.

If you 'Ask the Man Who Owns One,' Packard's long running advertising slogan, he would tell you that his car was silent and drove outstandingly. He may also tell you that 1937 Packard Super Eight features a 9 main bearing, 320 cubic-inch inLine L-Head eight-cylinder engine, with a bore & stroke 6-in x 5 inch, brake horsepower of 135 @ 3200 RPM, and equally he would tell you that 1937 was Packard's first use of an independent front suspension.

The current owner acquired this Convertible Sedan in the early 2000s. A restoration soon began, doing most of the work himself, in 2005. He performed a full body-off restoration, finishing the car in Packard's Ivory White, and the interior is finished in maroon leather. There is a fully restored banjo-style steering wheel, restored instruments, and a working radio.

The car has been driven barely 200 miles since the restoration work was completed. It has achieved AACA judging with a First Junior, progressing to First Senior and then Grand National First in 2007. It wears a Classic Car Club of America Premier medallion, and it has been named Best in Class at both the Glenmoor Gathering in Ohio and the Gilmore in Hickory Corners, Michigan. It has also received the Joseph Parkin Award from the AACA, been honored by Packard Automobile Classics, aka The Packard Club, with the Alvan Macauley Award for Best in Show, and it was the cover car for the July/August issue of Torque, the magazine of the CCCA's Michigan region.


2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$120,000-$160,000 
Sale Price :
$137,500

2015 1
2014 1
2001 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2015$220,000$220,0001
2014$137,500$137,5001
2001$60,000$60,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Packard Super Eight Sedanca deVille by Barker
Chassis#: A500689
Sold for $220,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight image  1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight image  
1938 Packard Super Eight Convertible Sedan
Sold for $137,500
  2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions
1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight image  1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight image  
1938 PACKARD 1605 CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $60,000
  2001 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 PACKARD SUPER 8114320412018 GpK Auctions Atlantic City   
1938 PACKARD 1605 CONVERTIBLE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$57,000  
1938 PACKARD 1605 CONVERTIBLE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$56,000  
1938 PACKARD 1605 FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2001 Kruse Auction Denver, CO$28,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Packard 1605 Super Eight1938 Business Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Packard 1605 Super Eight1938 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Engine Num: A502325
Chassis information for the Packard 1605 Super Eight1938 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Packard 1605 Super Eight1938 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Packard 1605 Super Eight1938 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Packard 1605 Super Eight1938 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Packard 1604 Super Eight1938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis information for the Packard 1605 Super Eight1938 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: A500689
Engine Num: 396128
Chassis information for the Packard 1703 Super Eight1939 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Darrin
Chassis information for the Packard 1705 Super Eight1939 Transformable Town Car
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: 1702004

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