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Coachwork by LeBaron
Packard continued to serve the upper-tier luxury car market in 1941 with its top-of-the-line 19th Series 180 models. These exclusive cars made up less than 2% of Packard output with a mix of production models complemented by custom designs by Darrin, Rollson, and LeBaron. Most costly among these was the Custom Super Eight Limousine by LeBaron, of which only 50 examples were built. Packard’s long 148" wheelbase chassis was paired with its smooth 356 cid inline eight-cylinder engine that produced 160 bhp, the highest figure for an American automobile at that time. The three-speed manual gearbox with overdrive provided comfortable high-speed cruising.
This example has a known history dating back to 1941, when it was sold to Frank Johnson of New Jersey. Preserved in original, unrestored condition, it later joined the esteemed Matt and Barbara Browning Collection, and its remarkable condition was validated in 2006 when its current owner entered it in the Preservation Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. This custom-bodied Packard has also received numerous awards including Most Elegant and a Circle of Champions certificate at the Packard International’s Grand Salon.
During his ownership the consignor has dutifully maintained the Packard, with work being carried out by marque specialists Harry Nicks and Robert Escalante. Showing less than 40,000 miles, it is one of four examples currently known to the Packard Club and the Classic Car Club of America. Equipped with custom coachwork and Packard mechanicals, this example offers its next owner a variety of opportunities for showing or elegant touring.