For Sale: 1937 Packard Super Eight in Saint Louis, Missouri


Vehicle Description

Among many superlatives, Packards were known as the cars of presidents and kings.  Packard maintained this well-earned reputation throughout the 1930s, still hailed as “Socially, America’s First Motor Car” in the August 1937 issue of Fortune.  Packard’s dominance of the fine car field accounted for nearly half of all large fine cars sold in America in 1937.  This was in spite of sales gains made by Cadillac throughout the decade behind the vast financial resources of General Motors.  The Senior Packards of 1937 included the Fifteenth Series Super Eight and Twelve.  Both models shared numerous design elements, chassis and engine details that had benefitted from a series of quiet, ongoing refinements.   These included solid X-braced frames, independent front suspension, four-wheel hydraulic brakes and modern chassis lubrication, together in the Super Eight with Packard’s smooth, silent nine main bearing 320 cubic inch L-head straight eight.  This engine provided a confident 135 horsepower that proved to be infinitely drivable at any speed.   A rakish 30° slant to the radiator and introduction of concealed door hinges imparted a cautious air of modernity to the Fifteenth Series. The imposing Convertible Sedan was Packard’s largest and most expensive production-bodied offering in 1937, available on both the Super Eight and Twelve chassis.  The body design is credited to legendary Packard designer Ray Dietrich who was gifted with an extraordinary sense of style.  The stately Convertible Sedan offered the best of both open and closed motoring and served to replace the glamorous phaetons of the previous decade with true all-weather comfort even as the traditional style suited the tastes of those who could afford the best Packard had to offer.  Owners of Super Eight Fifteenth Series Convertible Sedans included none other than President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This beautiful example of the Fifteenth Series Packard Super Eight Convertible Sedan is one of only 100 understood to have been produced in 1937.  This grand motor car – riding on a long 139-inch wheelbase – is a very well done older restoration that continues to present in particularly attractive condition.  The body, fenders and metal covered dual sidemount spares are finished in an traditional shade of darker green with attractive light sand-colored coach lines.  Distinctive double coach lines surround the wheel openings.  The body panels are very straight and the shut lines are exceptional.  The condition the paint continues present very well, as does all chrome trim.  The stylish steel wheels display elegant cloisonné Super Eight hub caps with trim rings.  A very nice tan fabric top with matching top boot and a trunk rack complete the exterior presentation.  A nicely detailed engine compartment is also to be found under the hood. The spacious five-passenger interior welcomes occupants with suitable levels of understated style and comfort.  Brown leather and carpets compliment the green exterior, both showing caring use and minimal wear since completion of the restoration.  The impressive wood grained dashboard includes very good original gauges, all in working order, and an authentic Packard radio mounted in the dashboard.  The condition of the interior panels and trim add to the subtle winning authenticity of the interior surroundings. This magnificent Packard is a CCCA Full Classic accepted for all local, regional and national events, and will make a significant addition to any collection of fine automobiles.  The later Packard Super Eights from the 1930s represent wonderful touring companions with their combination of smooth ride, extraordinary driving flexibility and reliability together with the unrivaled presence enjoyed by Senior Packards.  There has never been a substitute for the combination of modern engineering and traditional style found in pre-war classic Packards.  This is an opportunity to own and enjoy one of the very best.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-925940
  • Year:1937
  • Make:Packard
  • Model:Super Eight
  • Exterior Color:Green
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:5795