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Richard Moushegian, Nashua, New Hampshire (acquired in the early 1990s)Dave Kane, Bernardsville, New Jersey (acquired from the above in 2007)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2008)
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach, California, August 2009CCCA Grand Classic, Rancho Santa Fe, California, March 2012 (First Place)
Packard’s famed Twelve model reached the peak of its sales in 1937, when the company delivered 1,300 of the cars to buyers. The blend of Packard quality, the authoritative 12-cylinder engine, and the final year of the marque’s flowing lines all contributed to the car’s success. Most sporting among the body styles offered that year was the Coupe Roadster, such as the example offered here.
Visually, 1937 represented the end of classic, flowing lines for Packard, with its graceful, tapered fenders replaced with a more bulbous pontoon fender the next year. Mechanical improvements for 1937 included independent front suspension, hydraulic brakes with a booster, and a power-assisted clutch, making for the most pleasant-driving Packard to date.
Propelling this sturdy chassis was the venerable Packard Twelve, known as an industry leader for smoothness and reliability. Power was another one of this engine’s strong suits with 175 hp and 366 lbs./ft. of torque on tap, delivered via a synchronized gearbox.
In Coupe Roadster configuration, the driver and passenger enjoyed spirited yet elegant motoring, with the option of inviting two additional companions to ride along in the rumble seat. The convertible top lowers and lays flush with the rear deck. When raised and in place, the roll-up windows afford protection from the elements, as well as privacy.
The history of this example is currently known from the early 1990s when Richard Moushegian of Nashua, New Hampshire, acquired the car. Mr. Moushegian personally worked on the restoration of this Packard, assisted by experts in their respective fields to complete the paint, engine, and woodwork. Exterior paintwork is a creamy yellow complemented by a striking red leather interior. Driving lights, a luggage rack, and full metal side-mount tire covers adorned with mirrors accessorize this example.
Dave Kane of Bernardsville, New Jersey, added this car to his extensive collection in 2007. He then sold it to its current owner, who displayed it at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. The quality of the restoration was validated with a CCCA first-place award at the March 2012 Grand Classic in Rancho Santa Fe, California, evidenced by CCCA Senior badge no. 3030. Since then, the Packard has been carefully maintained and displayed in the current owner’s collector showroom and is used monthly to ensure roadworthiness.
Most Packard enthusiasts regard the Coupe Roadster as the most desirable body style produced for the 1937 model year. Among Packard Automobile Classics and the CCCA, just 25 examples are listed, and one rarely becomes available. Fully sorted, its next owner is welcome to join the ranks of those “To a Packard Born.”