1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight 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

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
The Dietrich label was typically reserved for custom, full bodied, and special ordered cars from Packard. By this time, Packard was doing most of its coachwork in house. This beautiful Dietrich Convertible Sedan is both big and sleek. The coachwork is typical Dietrich. This essentially left Lincoln, Cadillac, and Packard as the only survivors of the sinking luxury car market.

Styling changes were evident on the Packard Super Eight for 1938. Fenders were pontoon-style and the windshield featured a split-vee. Sales of the Super Eight and Twelve remained low, however, compared to the popular (and more affordable) sixes and small eights.

Seventeen different body styles were available on the Super Eight chassis, including this convertible sedan, which was built on a 139-inch wheelbase chassis. Power was supplied by Packard's 320 cubic-inch inline eight that developed 130 horsepower.

The year 1938 was nearing the end of the line for the older 8-cylinder engine, with a new design coming out shortly. This model, with its eight and its Dietrich styling, was a very practical car for its time.

This Sixteenth Series Model 1605 5-passenger Convertible Sedan was the most expensive in the Packard line and was purchased new by a doctor from New Jersey at the Longacre Square Packard dealership on Broadway in New York City to be the family's summer car on the Jersey Shore.

One day the doctor hit another vehicle, probably a truck, doing minor damage particularly to the front fenders. He was a tinkerer and tried to fix it himself but gave up after removing the radiator shell and fenders. The car sat for years in that condition in his garage. Shortly after he passed away, the garage burned but the car was saved when firefighters yanked it out of the garage by the back bumper. It then sat outside for a few more years, right where the firefighters had left it. When the doctor's wife passed, the estate was settled and the Packard was hastily put back together and sold.

This car has a Dietrich-designed factory Packard body and is powered by a 320 cubic-inch, 130 horsepower, inline 8-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed synchromesh transmission.

The car passed through a few hands over the years but was left in its disassembled condition. The current owner acquired the car in that rather sad shape and had it restored at LaVine Restoration in Nappanee, Indiana, returning it to its former glory.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

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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