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*Please note that the model of this vehicle is a 1936 Packard Eight Convertible Coupe and not a One-Twenty Convertible Coupe as stated in the catalogue.
The Packard One-Twenty
While many revere the 1935 to 1939 “Senior” models as ranking among the finest prewar automobiles produced by Packard, the introduction of the higher-volume One-Twenty lineup in 1935 brought Packard ownership to a wider market while preserving the venerable company’s well-deserved reputation for quality and reliability. Driving dynamics were and remain excellent, thanks to a stout X-braced frame, effective hydraulic brakes, full-synchromesh transmission, and powerful inline eight- cylinder engine. Stylistically, the One-Twenty models were virtually identical in appearance to their vaunted “Senior” counterparts, with their up-to-date streamlined design theme, fashionably raked radiator grilles, comprehensive instrumentation, and roomy and comfortable interior accommodations. Predictably, these high-quality automobiles remain highly prized today as excellent candidates for classic tours and outstanding buys in today’s classic car market.
While little is known of the early history of this car, this 1936 Packard One-Twenty Convertible Coupe was formerly the property of a CCCA member and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judge. He acquired it as a highly presentable, fully restored example of an original car. This prior owner recently related that the One-Twenty was a solid, beautifully running example with good upholstery, with the convertible top in similarly nice shape. Upon purchase, the engine was inspected and the only work deemed necessary was the installation of a set of new piston rings. In typical fashion, this One-Twenty was driven on several CCCA CARavan tours and performed flawlessly, providing excellent road manners.
In 2005, the Packard was sold to the consignor, a private collector with a particular affinity for quality prewar motorcars, especially those capable of enjoyable touring. Since its acquisition, the Packard received further mechanical attention, detailing, and preservation. The engine bay is attractive and well detailed. New carpets, as well as a new convertible top and top boot, were fitted. The vent-windows are laminated glass units, while the side-window glass was replaced, presumably during restoration. The rumble seat, golf-bag doors, and occasional “dickey” seat add a dash of sporting flair. The exterior paint finish remains quite attractive, with the convertible coupe body style combining open-air appeal with remarkable passenger comfort when the top is raised. Michelin tires have been fitted to the car’s wire-spoke wheels, with the consignor reporting that the combination enhances the One-Twenty’s already competent handling. Dual side-mounted spares with hard covers, a rear luggage rack, and red pinstriping along the car’s beltline provide further period appeal. This 1936 Packard One-Twenty only requires an enthusiastic new owner to appreciate its many wonderful charms.