1940 Packard One Sixty Super 8 Station WagonSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 356 CID L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine Single Downdraft-Barrel Carburetor 160 BHP at 3,600 RPM 3-Speed Manual Transmission (with Overdrive Option) 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Independent Front Suspension Liver Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: This incredible automobile is not only stunning to behold, but also exceptionally rare. Owned for many years by the casino magnate Bill Harrah, this 1940 Packard was restored by the Harrah’s Automobile Collection shop in Reno, Nevada. This beautifully crafted Woodie Station Wagon was fitted with several special features at his behest, including an air-conditioning unit to offer relief during Reno’s brutally hot summers. Mr. Harrah had a discerning eye for the extraordinary. Many auto enthusiasts have heard of the famous Packard Super 8 One Sixty Woodie, but few have ever laid eyes on one. Having emerged from the 1930s amidst a depressed and stymied economy, the Packard Motor Car Company launched the magnificent One Sixty Station Wagon model crafted by the Hercules Body Company in 1940 in an effort to raise spirits and revenue. This unique model melds a painted forward cab with dual side-mount spare tires and a superbly fitted and finished wood-paneled rear body with expertly applied clear-coat finishes. Beneath the Cormorant hood mascot resides the famous Packard Super 8 motor and three-speed manual transmission, with an overdrive option, which provides a fourth gear for highway cruising. Very few of these models were built and this example is believed to be one of only three left in existence today. This Packard stayed with the Harrah collection until 1986, when the collection was sold in one of the largest single-owner sales of automobiles in history. Although the post-Harrah provenance of the car is unknown prior to the purchase by the current owner in 2005, it is evident that this Packard has been lovingly maintained for over 70 years. With fewer than 10,000 miles accrued since the restoration, this lovely automobile presents in rich cream paint with gleaming chrome, luxurious brown leather seats, vinyl roof, and wool carpet. The interior, which has been recently refurbished, includes three leather-finished benches that seat eight comfortably and securely, thanks to the recent addition of seat belts. Antique Auto Restoration of Seaside, California, recently serviced the car, specifically the wiring harness, engine, and brakes. The air-conditioning unit fitted for Mr. Harrah was removed to preserve the automobile’s correctness, but is included in the sale. The combination of the rich history, the rarity of the model, and the automobile’s condition and magnificent appearance render this 1940 Packard ultimately desirable for a discriminating collector with an eye for a unique American classic.

Reference Number 206535

as of 2/15/2013

Overview
Car 1940 Packard One Sixty Super 8 Station Wagon
VIN 1372-3281 (Vehicle No.) 
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Known History

Formerly the Property of Harrah’s Automobile Collection