1938 Packard Super Eight

The Packard Eights were comprised of the same quality, attention to detail, and performance that made Packard vehicles legendary. The vehicle was powered by a flat-head straight-eight and ran on nine main bearings. The engine was relatively silent thanks to valves that were actuated by a roller camshaft using hydraulic lifters. The 320 cubic-inch power-plant was capable of producing 130 horsepower in naturally-aspirated form. The transmission was three-speed selective sliding with synchromesh on the second and third gear. Brakes were hydraulic internal expanding drums, providing ample stopping power. The front suspension was independent coil with the rear being semi-elliptic leaf springs. The suspension and comfy interior provided a smooth ride for the passengers.

For 1938 the styling was modestly improved when compared with the prior year. A new v-type windshield was one of the most noticeable improvements made to the exterior. The interior had restyled instrument panels, dual defrosters, and a new steering wheel.

Like many manufacturers, Packard's declining sales were a result of the Great Depression, World Wars, and economical downturn in the market place. As a result, less than one half examples were sold in 1938 when compared with the prior year. With only 2478 Super Eights produced in 1938, the exclusivity is guaranteed.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2005
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Rumble Seat Convertible
'Ask the Man Who Owns One' This luxury Packard was manufactured in Detroit, MI and features a 320 cubic-inch straight 8 developing 135 horsepower. The approximate base price was $3,210. This automobile sports features that faded from fashion by World War II, though it set the standards for 'Classics' such as side-mounted spares and a rumble seat. The need for two spare tires decreased with the modernization of the United States road systems and the rumble seat became largely obsolete when the cars became too fast and streamlined for the comfort of the passengers outside and rumble seats offered no weather protection. Less than 200 of these rumble seat convertibles were built in 1938.

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The Packard Motor Company relied on making luxurious cars that were highly refined, fitted with luxurious coachwork, and powered by proven engineering. This belief had placed them among the elite in the auto industry during the early 1900s. As the world entered the Great Depression, the Packard Company was one of the few that managed to survive. In fact, they outsold all of their competitors combined.....
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$468-$2,800
1938 Packard Super Eight
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1938 Packard Super Eight Price Range: $2,800 - $7,500

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Packard
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)33,776
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)24,350
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)55,718
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)122,593
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)788
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)4,800

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