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1941 Packard 160





Vehicle Info

356 cu in, straight-eight
Manual 3-Speed
Exterior Color
Laguna Maroon
Interior Color
Stock #
Fuel Economy
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By 1940, most luxury automakers realized that the days of massive engines hauling equally massive bodyworks were drawing to a close. Packard dropped the V12 in favor of an all-new straight-eight that neatly bisected the line between the 320 cubic inches and 385 cubic inch straight-eights it had employed throughout the ‘30s. At 356 cubic inches, it would carry Packard into the next decade and, for many Packard enthusiasts, it was perhaps their finest engine: smooth, torquey and utterly reliable. The 1941 Packards were the first to move the headlights into the fenders, giving the cars a striking, modern look that was suddenly the height of fashion. In the senior 160 and 180 Series, the cars were large, impressive, worthy additions to the Packard legacy. This 1941 Packard 160 Convertible Coupe is a CCCA-registered Full Classic and is one of the best-driving Packards of all. With thoroughly modern brakes, suspension and that wonderful 356 cubic inch engine, it embodies Packard’s finest engineering with a sporty 5-passenger convertible coupe body, making it one of the most desirable cars of the immediate pre-war era. The luxurious interior is lined in glove-soft light tan leather expertly stitched in original patterns. With complementary tan carpets, it ties the car together wonderfully with a traditional combination that will never go out of style. Its deluxe design shows subtle upgrades not found on the standard 160 model. The seating position is commanding, and the view over that long Packard hood makes it seem like the hood ornament is a quarter-mile away . . . there’s no other view like it in all of motoring. Accessories like the heater and radio are fully functional. The trunk is fully finished in matching tan carpets that have been artfully bound and likely fit even better than the originals. Under that long, two-piece hood lives a fully rebuilt 356 cubic inch straight-eight engine rated at 160 horsepower. It starts quickly and easily thanks to an electric fuel pump upgrade, and it idles almost noiselessly. On the road, it pulls with the urgency of an electric locomotive with almost vibration-free operation that is a Packard hallmark and one of the 356’s strongest attributes. The engine bay has been nicely detailed with correct Packard Green on the block and a massive oil bath air cleaner and proper accessories, including the Autolite generator. Exact-reproduction wiring harnesses with cloth insulation have been used throughout. The 3-speed manual transmission shifts easily without the need for double-clutching, and the big engine sails along at highway speeds without apparent effort, thanks to the factory overdrive. No expense was spared with the $140,000+ body-off restoration completed by Stone Barn in New Jersey. A complete set of Diamondback Whitewall Radials were mounted in the summer of 2019 to make the ride even smoother and flashier. As an addendum, the current owner was on a Caravan, and noticed the engine was not running up to his standards. Upon returning home he took this car to Greer restorations, who had done previous restorations for him. It was decided that the engine should be re restored as to insure there would be no further issues. The engine and transmission have been rebuilt at a cost of over $70,000 in 2021.(all invoices are available with the car., ) It has been driven and tested several hundred miles by the restorer and owner since this work has been completed without issue It’s no surprise that this 160 Convertible Coupe Deluxe, one of only seventy produced, is sought after by Packard collectors around the world.

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