800 Derita Road, Ste. A
For many, this design is the last of the great Packards. So to find a 1948 Packard Deluxe Eight that has been given a proper mix of preservation, restoration, and enjoyment means this is a distinctive sedan that loves Sunday drives. And when something this appealing is also affordable, then it's worth a closer look.
Back in the day you paid a premium for a Packard, and it's because they offered a mix of top quality and a design like no other car on the road. 1948 was the debut of the 22nd series, and it was one of the sleekest designs around. The front bumpers and grille were part of one harmonious design, and they both look like the wind formed them around the body. The profile was so sleek, only a torpedo could likely have better aerodynamics. The rear was a true piece of craftsmanship as it kept the smooth lines while incorporating a wraparound bumper and finishing the long trim line. It's all so distinct and vintage, right down to the factory wheel covers with classic whitewalls. Even the two-tone paint follows close to the factory Egyptian Sand and Aztec Brown.
The interior continues this feeling of classic motoring as the tasteful gray striped cloth has a vintage look. We assume this was updated later in life, but they took the time to get it right with details from the button-top presentation to the coordinating door panels. Plenty of wood trim and space to really spread out over two plush rows instantly remind you why Packards were true luxury cruisers. This really feels like classic motoring as you slip behind the original wheel and gaze at everything from the correct gauges to the factory AM radio.
Under the hood is one of the truly great classic motors. Packard's 288 cubic-inch straight-eight always draws attention with the long block proudly sitting in the middle. And the piano-style hood means there's always a good view. The whole engine bay has a great honest presentation, right down to details like the oil bath air cleaner and 6-volt system. But you also know this classic is a true driver by the way it fires up eagerly with a smooth idle. This powerplant is mated to a column-shifted three-speed manual transmission, which means you get a great vintage feeling while maintaining complete control.
This Packard is a true classic offered for an obtainable price. Don't miss your chance, call today!
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