A part of American Automotive History, the Packard Clipper was
built to usher in a completely fresh design and look.
This particular 1946 Clipper has been purposely restored with a
modern drivetrain so that it can be enjoyed as a daily driver.
Completed in 2010, this Packard was revived with its original and
gorgeous body lines, but with a modern LS1 Fuel Injected Motor
mated to a 4-Speed Automatic with Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes
and Air Conditioning.
A custom built chassis and K-Member were utilized to house the
motor and upgraded suspension while a Ford 9" rear end was utilized
to finish up the drivetrain.
The Custom Interior features power front seats sourced from a late
model Cadillac while the rear retains a factory saloon style bench.
Dynamat has been applied throughout allowing for a quiet and
Used as a Daily Driver for years with several long haul runs under
its belt, this Clipper runs strong and smooth and is effortless to
The stunning color and bright chrome extenuate the body making this
Packard unmistakably cool!!!
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About the Clipper:
The Packard Clipper is an automobile which was built by the Packard
Motor Car Company and by the later Studebaker-Packard Corporation
for model years 1941-1942, 1946-1947 and 1953-1957. The Clipper was
introduced in April, 1941, as a mid-model year entry. It was
available only as a four-door sedan.
For only the 1956 model year, the Clipper became a stand-alone make
of automobile produced by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation. The
Clipper lineup was aimed at the middle-price field of American
automobiles that included DeSoto, Oldsmobile, Hudson and Mercury.
Following the closure of Packard's Detroit, Michigan factory in
1956, the Clipper marque was discontinued, although the Clipper
name was applied to 1957 Packards that were built at Studebaker's
South Bend, Indiana, factory.
By the end of the 1930s, Packard president Max M. Gilman realized
that his best efforts to improve profitability during the last lean
decade had not been enough. The Packard One-Twenty had arrived in
1935 and saved the company from immediate demise; the One-Ten had
followed, achieving even higher volume. But despite a strong
performance in revival year 1937, Packard sales had plummeted as
the depression returned in 1938, and the 76,000 sales for the
calendar year 1939 were hardly past the break-even point. To be
precise, they netted the company a scant half million dollars. This
precarious financial state combined with the new model developments
among Packard's rivals, GM's LaSalle , Cadillac Series 61 and the
Lincoln-Zephyr, meant that Mr. Gilman needed something radically
new, and that he needed it in a hurry if he wanted to save the
Introduced just eight months before the attack on Pearl Harbor,
Packard's hopes for the future rode on the new car design. The
Packard Clipper represented a break from traditional styling and
embodied an abrupt change in construction techniques. However,
World War II intervened. It made the investment to produce one of
the only all-new 1941 American cars impossible to realize in a
In 1946-47 the numerical designations were dropped and the line
consisted of Clipper Sixes and Eights on the 120-inch wheelbase and
Supers and Custom Supers on the 127-inch wheelbase. For the first
time there were now seven-passenger sedans and limousines, riding a
148-inch wheelbase. For their type, these "professional Packards"
enjoyed success. They compare with Cadillac's 1946-47 Seventy-five,
beating it not only by 15 horsepower but by a foot of wheelbase,
yet selling for about the same $4,500-$5,000. Counting several
thousand bare chassis supplied to commercial body manufacturers,
the Seventy-five outsold the long-wheelbase Clipper; but for
finished cars from the factory, production was about 3,100 cars
each for 1946-47 combined.
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