1937 Packard Super Eight Victoria
Pure Class and Style 1937 Packard Super Eight Victoria
Packard entered the Classic era with a new straight eight engine replacing its early V12. This milestone engine used a unique crankshaft design and firing order that balanced the reciprocating forces and eliminated vibration. It was lighter than the V12, providing more power, better fuel economy and the inline configuration was compatible with the ‘long hood’ design themes that would be characteristic of the Classic era.
There were two ‘Senior’ Packard lines for 1937, and the Super Eight was one of them. Half of Packard’s employees spent their time building the 7,093 premium series Packard Super Eights and Twelves for 1937. The other employees were tasked with assembling more than ten times as many much less costly ‘junior’ 120 Eights and 110 Sixes.
Prior to ownership, this car was in the same family since the early ’60s, making it just a three-owner car. Packard’s largest and most expensive 8-cylinder model, the Super Eight was substantially redesigned for the 1937 model year. The specification was modernized with hydraulic brakes and independent front suspension, while the new car’s more manageable size and lighter weight improved performance. The car was also streamlined, as was fashionable at the time, with a rake radiator. While most examples were in more conservative body styles, a few were the glamorous convertible coupe available here.
This specific car is in original condition. It runs and drives very well. The paint is in good condition, but there are some chips and scratches. There is no rust to be found on this vehicle.