This Packard Super 8 convertible sedan represents the finest 8-cylinder offering of 1935 as 10,000 Packards were sold sight-unseen prior to its introduction date. Built on the 1205 chassis, it stretches 144 inches and is powered by a 150 hp L-head straight-eight with an all-synchromesh transmission.
With its unique Dietrich-designed body, this Super 8 is believed to be one of 50 convertible sedans on the 144-inch chassis.
It was delivered new to a Packard Motor Car dealer in New York City on June 1, 1935, as evidenced by the original firewall plate. In the mid-1950s, it was purchased in New York State by Don Bullock and driven home to London, Ontario. Don subsequently restored the car and replaced the top and interior, enjoying it on many tours.
The current owner purchased this classic in 1985 and has owned it since then. In March of 2000, Doug Greer Restoration in Cobourg restored the car again with new paint (restoration photos available).
In 2012, Greer, again rebuilt the engine and replaced the tires in preparation for the New York to L.A. CCCA Caravan.
This vehicle has a polished overall appearance, and the body lines, fit and finish are in excellent visual alignment and condition. The custom Dietrich design is one-of-a-kind, and the vehicle still shows well with no deterioration to components and workmanship.
All doors, hood, trunk and windows operate easily and are in excellent condition. The extra-cost chrome plating and bright metal headlamps, grille assembly, Packard 8 emblem and Flying Lady ornament gleam without blemish. The painted wire spoke wheels are fitted with B.F. Goodrich Silvertown 7.50-17 wide white wall tires.
The completely rebuilt 395 cid straight-eight engine boasts a 3-speed manual transmission and a Free Wheeling drive system. The dash and original gauges are all in excellent working condition, as is the Deluxe Allstate heater. All interior moldings, handles, bezels, wood grain trim and the chrome-plated convertible top mechanism are in top condition, and a divider window separates the front driver’s compartment from the rear passenger section.
The tan cloth upholstery and interior carpeting are in excellent condition, and the tan cloth convertible top is in beautiful condition, operating properly to both the down and up positions.
In 2012, the current owners took the car on the CCCA tour from New York City to Los Angeles and received a trophy for finishing the full tour without any problems. Since that time, this striking classic has taken several more trips in the US with the CCCA with no problems!
The owners have enjoyed this Packard over the years and are now looking for a new owner who will get as much pleasure out of it as they have.