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1938 Packard Twelve Victoria Convertible

It’s one of only 11 Packard Victoria models built in 1938. Packard records indicate just 11 of these cars were produced. This car was the recipient of a body-off, show-quality restoration over a multi-year period and was completed in 2002. This car is equipped with Trippe safety lights, dual fender lights, dual side mount spares and Packard script mirrors. There is also an Appleton spotlight. Powered by a 12 cylinder L-head motor making 175hp. It is equipped with a 3-speed manual and 4-wheel power assisted drum brakes. The car was delivered new July 5, 1938

175 bhp, 473.3 cu. in. L-head V12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 134.4″ Packard Twelves received a coil spring front suspension and hydraulic brakes for 1937, as well as a vacuum-assisted clutch. The long, 144-inch wheelbase models were dropped for 1938, but otherwise the model changed little mechanically during the rest of its lifetime. The 1938 model year brought many body changes, such as smoother, more rounded fenders and split windshields on many models.

Since 1935 Packard had offered, in addition to the rumble seat Convertible Coupe, a five-passenger Convertible Victoria with inside seating for all. This style had a blind rear quarter, such that rear seat passengers had no sideward visibility when the top was up, but from outside it looked elegant whether the top was up or down. For 1938, the twelve-cylinder version was body 1127 priced at $5,320, the only Series 1607 car to exceed $5,000.

Packard had a good year in 1937 with nearly 110,000 cars built, 1,300 of them Twelves, a record. Unfortunately, the economy soured in 1938 and production fell by 50,000 vehicles, although the company still posted the best sales of all the independent manufacturers. However, large engines from all manufacturers were fading in popularity, and Packard’s Twelve was dropped at the end of 1939.

1948 Packard Super 8

This 1948 Packard Super 8 holds a unique legacy, having been cherished for the past decade by NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Known for his illustrious basketball career, which spanned two decades and saw him achieve unparalleled success with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, Abdul-Jabbar’s ownership adds a layer of distinction to this already remarkable vehicle. Restored and modernized for enhanced driving pleasure, this Packard boasts a formidable 454/425 HP GM V-8 engine, paired with a GM Turbo-Hydramatic 700R4 automatic transmission and a 9-inch Ford rear end. Equipped with power front disc brakes, power steering gear, and upgraded suspension featuring front and rear sway bars, this car offers both power and precision on the road. Customized to accommodate Abdul-Jabbar’s stature, the interior features individual Glide front bucket seats, ensuring comfort and style befitting a basketball icon. Now, a cherished member of a prestigious private collection, this Packard stands as a testament to both automotive craftsmanship and the enduring legacy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the world of sports and beyond.

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