1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight Convertible Coupe Vehicle Profile

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight photograph

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight photograph

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Convertible Coupe
This 1938 Packard Super 8 Roadster model 1604 was purchased new by Frank Cody, Superintendent (1919-1942) of the Detroit Public Schools and President (1933-1942) of 'The Colleges of the City of Detroit,' later renamed Wayne State University. Holding the positions simultaneously for nine years, Mr. Cody retired from Education in its entirety in 1942 when served on the Detroit Common (City) Council until his death in April of 1946. Dedicated in 1955, Detroit's Frank Cody High School was named to honor him.

This car's history is rather sketchy. It is not known when Mr. Cody sold the car, or to whom. It is rumored he sold the car to a Detroit high school Principal, but who that person was is not known. What is known is the person who had the car the longest was an incoming freshman at Wayne State University who purchased the aging convertible in 1957 (presumably from the Principal). The student didn't drive the car long. It sat from 1959, the last year the car was registered, until approximately 2005 when he sold the most complete car to a friend of the current owner.

Sometime prior to 1959, the car's color was changed from the original burgundy (as it currently wears) to porch green, seemingly applied with a paint roller. Makes sense a student of meager means would do that.

This car was always a Detroit city car, purchased from 'PMCC Main Branch,' the Packard dealer at 574 Jefferson Ave. (now the site of the Ren Cen). As evidenced by its overall condition when found, this car saw its share of inclement weather. The body suffered the fate of any car subjected to many Michigan winters.

This car was restored by LaVine Restorations in Nappanee, IN.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Packard Super Eight Touring Sedan
Sold for $35,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1938 Packard Super Eight Touring Sedan
Sold for $29,000
  2015 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1938 Packard Super Eight Convertible Coupe
Sold for $176,000
  2013 RM Auction - Hershey
 
1938 Packard Super Eight Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: A501065
Sold for $90,750
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight image  1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight image  
1938 PACKARD SUPER 8 2 DOOR CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Sold for $110,000
  2008 Barrett-Jackson - Las Vegas 2008
 
1938 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT 1604
Sold for $24,500
  2008 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions - February 2008
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Packard 1604 Super Eight Coupe1118G2023C2014 The 7th Annual Auburn Auction $90,000$110,000

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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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