When Packard was established in 1899, it focused on building premium automobiles that were durable and robust. This tradition would continue until the very end, resulting in some of the finest America cars ever built.
In 1948, Packard introduced a restyled line that resonated well with a post-World War II America. The designs appeared as though they had been shaped by air and water. They had elongated nose, an abbreviated rear deck, flowing bodies, and a full-width, wraparound lower grille. The New York Fashion Academy chose the Packard as the Fashion Car of the Year.
The 1948 Packard was known as the 22nd series and since Packard did not follow a traditional model year change-over, the 22nd Series were merchandised as 1948 and 1949 models. Packard would not conform to the traditional model year system until 1951.
The base trim level on the Packard Eight series was the Standard Eight. Bodystyles included a 4-door sedan, 4-door station sedan, and a 2-door club sedan. The Station Sedan was a new body style for 1948, and it was a hybrid between a sedan and a station wagon. The traditional woody station wagons of the era used bodies constructed largely of wood mounted to a steel frame. Packard's Station Sedans used steel bodies and doors with wood inlays, except for the rear tail gate door, which was constructed entirely of wood. The rear quarter was cut away from the sedan body and replaced with wood creating the wagon, and this was the only area were wood was used a street-bearing body section.
Packard had built wood-bodied station wagons prior to World War II, in both six-cylinder 115 and eight-cylinder One-Twenty variants. The Clipper style of 1941, however, was not compatible with timber construction. When Clipper production resumed following WWII, the wagons were no longer constructed. This changed after Packard introduced its wider and lower, all-new 22 Series, with the Station Sedan adaptation.
Packard took four-door, six-passenger sedans off the production line and sent them to body supplier, Briggs Manufacturing Company, who changed the roofline to incorporate a liftgate and tailgate. Briggs used ash and maple for the wood sections of the body. Steel supports were placed at the B-posts and D-posts. With a price of $3,425, they were the most expensive of the short-wheelbase Packards. Standard Eights had no lower belt moldings at mid-body level, but they did have a single rocker panel strip and upper belt moldings that ran from below the front ventipanes to the back of the vehicle. Power was from an L-head inline eight-cylinder engine displacing 288 cubic-inches and offering 130 horsepower. The Standard Eight shared its 120-inch wheelbase with the Deluxe and Super Eight.
The Deluxe Line also used the 288 CID engine found in the Standard Eight. They received additional trim and some of the interior appointments used in the Super Eights. by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2018
Packard introduced the 22nd Series of Packard Automobiles in 1948. In comparison to the Clipper automobiles, these were wider and available as wagons. The Station Sedan cost $3425 when new and was the most expensive of the short-wheelbase Packards.....[continue reading]
Packard's 1948-1950 station wagon was called the 'station sedan' because it used mostly sedan body stampings with bolt-on wooden ribs. Production for 1948 was 1786 units and the base price was $3425.....[continue reading]
While most people would refer to this automobile as a station wagon or woodie wagon, Packard referred to this body style as four-door 'station sedan' when it was introduced in 1948. The model was offered only in Packard's Standard Eight series and wa....[continue reading]
For 1948, Packard introduced its all-new twenty-second series which was a wider and lower adaptation of the sleek Clipper lines. Unlike Ford and GM who designed a whole new body structure, Packard took the basic sedan and added a 'dormer' at the back....[continue reading]
Packard introduced a heavily restyled line for the 1948 model year. They featured an elongated nose, a flowing body, and an abbreviated rear deck. The New York Fashion Academy chose the latest Packard as the Fashion Car of the Year. ....[continue reading]
Packard was building wood-bodied station wagons prior to World War II, on both the six-cylinder 115 and eight-cylinder One-Twenty model lines. The new Clipper styling of 1941, however, was not compatible with timber construction. ....[continue reading]
This 1948 Packard Station Sedan is finished in Cavalier Maroon and has been treated to an extensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration. The exterior birch framing was restored by a specialist in New Zealand while the car was there for a 1,200-kolome....[continue reading]
This Packard Eight Station Sedan was formerly part of a private collection in the Southwest and was cosmetically restored in 2010. Power is from an L-Head eight-cylinder engine displacing 288 cubic-inches and offering 130 horsepower.....[continue reading]
The new Station Sedan, now based on the Standard Eight sedan and featuring hewn white ash paneling over an all-steel body, featured a unique semi-fastback roofline, and rear quarter panels. More than just decoration, the wood worked as part of the ve....[continue reading]
The Packard Series 22 wood-sided station sedan featured a primary substructure of steel components with fine-grained hardwood used for the paneling on the exterior and stainless 'no mar' trim installed on the wood cargo area inside. Packard marketed ....[continue reading]
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