3951 Higuera Street
Culver City, CA
The Packard 120 was an automobile produced by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan. The introduction of the 120 model was a kind of a “Hail Mary“ attempt to keep Packard in business during the final years of the Great Depression and it worked.
This 1936 Packard 120 is almost 100% original, and has been garage kept and covered for about 50 years. Our current Owner has enjoyed this for 2 years, purchased from a local collector (who owned it for approx 59 years) after asking him to sell it for years. Loving care has been the rule when it comes to this beauty - and the odometer is correct at 13,551 miles!
The yellow paint is deep and original and shows off the classic lines of the car. The Butter- like color was a unlike most cars being produced at the time, most of which were plain black. After 85 years, there are a few very minor imperfections in the paint, but you will have to look hard to see them. The headlights, the flowing tailights, the running boards and the overall profile of the car are a joy to behold. The bulbous, flowing lines of the four fenders cover the wheels , tires and the original hubcaps. All of the chrome and brightwork on the car is in outstanding condition. The air vent in front of the windshield works and is welcome on a hot day. The suicide doors open and close properly as does the trunk. The hood opens on the side and the mechanism is solid, the hood opens and closes properly.
The front and back seats are covered with the original cloth and it is between perfect and very-little-worn condition. Both seats are the bench-type- sturdily built, no sagging whatsoever, and very comfortable. The tan cloth interior includes the headliner and door panels. The dash contains the original instruments which are all working (except for the temp gauge) A small aftermarket temo gauge has been installed next to the steering column. The shifter, steering wheel, pedals, linkages…..the entire interior is just plain in fantastic condition. 85 years old, the passengers side of the dash has a few imperfections- but thats it. It is believed that the carpet has been replaced due to it's near perfect condition.
The 1936 Packard 120 is powered by a straight-8 282 cubic-inch engine producing 120 HP. It is a cast iron engine and coupled with the 3-speed manual synchromesh transmission. Hydraulic brakes, a big innovation in 1936 cars, were introduced with this car. The suspension is ground breaking. It is a patented, unique design called the “Saf-T-Flex“. The design led to a much safer car with better handling, steering and braking and was a big reason that Packard sold 55, 000 of these in 1936 during the depths of the Great Depression. In 1936, Packard was competing with many other companies in the market at the time and the opinion was generally held that Packard had the smoothest ride. The engine/chassis combination worked so well that 85 years later, these cars are still in demand.
Our Lemon Squad inspector mentioned that any miscellaneous scratches on the car are too small to see in the photos. They are that small. The steering wheel shows a little wear and if you look closely at the dash, you can see some tiny imperfections. The test drive went very well and the engine started normally - nothing out of the ordinary for an 85 year old beauty.
The Packard factory in Detroit has had many uses over the years and has become a famous landmark in the city. They may not be producing vehicles any longer but this one looks to have many years of life still in it. Garage kept, 13,551 original miles, a nice tribute to having kept Packard in business - for awhile at least.
Listed for auction at www.Clasiq.com
Auction Ends 12/7
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