1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight Convertible Victoria Vehicle Profile

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

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1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight photograph

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Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin
Packard's Super-8 range was divided into two series - the 1703 on a 127-inch platform and the 1705 on a larger 148-inch wheelbase - with both using the same straight-8 engine. In 1939 Packard halved the number of body styles for the Super-8 and introduced a new 356 cubic-inch engine, which was highly successful and continued on Packard's larger models until 1950. Darrin's Convertible Victoria was still an option, and this example is one of the first built on the shorter 1703 chassis in 1939. The very first of Darrin's Packard Convertible Victorias was built for movie actor Dick Powell in 1937, and the Hollywood crowd so admired the car that many of the stars of the day, including Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, and Gene Krupa, became Darrin customers.

This particular car, with its trademark aluminum cowl and 'Darrin-dip' doors was built for the cowboy actor Tom Mix of Boston. The current owner fell in love with this car when he was eight years old and then spent three decades pursuing it. He now celebrates over 20 years of ownership.

Upon opening his coachworks, Darrin of Paris, on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California in 1937, Howard 'Dutch' Darrin drew on the work he'd done in Paris with Hibbard & Darrin, late Fernandez & Darrin. He introduced sensuous European curves on to the American chassis.

Darrin favored the impeccably engineered Packard, but economic considerations prevailed. Of the hand-built 'Darrins' produced in Hollywood prior to 1940, most rode the less expensive '120' platform. Only when a client requested the exclusive 'Super-8' version was it constructed. Seen here is the second of just six 'Super-8s' built.

Darrin's team incorporated his signature low-profile hood, down-swept doors and the chromed vee'd windshield. A cast aluminum cowl was installed to strengthen the low-slung open car. The movie crowd noticed. Contemporary owners of 'Hollywood' Packard Darrins included Clark Gable and Errol Flynn.

Packard's 1939 dashboard was cast from Tenite, an early 'cellulosic thermoplastic.' Unstable, the dashes were known to crumble over time. Here, the Tenite 'mica' infused dash has been faithfully reproduced using original methods. The recollections of 'Dutch' Darrin himself, in a 1967 issue of Car Classics, dictated this 'genuine saddle quality' leather upholstery. For the exterior, original paint samples led to the selection of Packard's polychromatic Havana Beige.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Packard Super Eight Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: K1590F448
Sold for $60,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1939 Packard Super 8 Sedan
Sold for $17,050
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1939 Packard 1703 Touring Sedan
Sold for $30,000
  2014 Mecum : Seattle
 
1939 Packard Super Eight Convertible Sedan
Sold for $62,700
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1939 Packard Super Eight Convertible Coupe
Sold for $57,750
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1939 PACKARD SUPER 8 4 DOOR SEDAN
Chassis#: 12723597
Sold for $48,400
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
 
1939 Packard Super Eight 1703 Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 12792125
Sold for $62,700
  2012 Worldwide - The Auburn Auction
 
1939 Packard Super Eight Darrin Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: 17032012
Sold for $186,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1939 PACKARD 1703 4 DOOR CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $81,400
  2004 Barrett-Jackson - Palm Beach 2004
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 Packard 1703 Super Eight's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 Packard Super Eight Convertible 2018 Mecum : Dallas$60,000  
1939 Packard Super Eight Convertible Coupe 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$70,000  
1939 Packard Super 8 2014 Collector Car Toronto Fall Classic$40,000  

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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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