Lot 114

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1949 Packard Custom 8 Victoria Convertible

SOLD $72,800


$80,000 - $100,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

Featured in All Three Back to the Future Movies as Young Doc Brown’s Personal Car
Documented with Invoices and Correspondence from Universal Studios
Single Family Ownership from 1977 to Present
One of Approximately 215 Produced in this Body Style
Eligible for Numerous Concours; and Back to the Future Events for the Rest of Time

Technical Specs

356 CID L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Carter Twin-Barrel Carburetor
160 BHP at 3,600 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox with Overdrive
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is titled by its engine number.

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This 1949 Packard Custom 8 Victoria Convertible is resplendent in pale yellow with a beige top and brown leather and whipcord interior. It was immortalized by its extensive use in the Back to the Future movies, which starred Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, and is featured in numerous scenes in the original movie as well as in both sequels. It is perhaps best remembered for its role in the pivotal scenes outside Hill Valley High School’s “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance. An abundance of documentation and correspondence relating to its film appearances accompany the sale.

Lovingly maintained in a Southern California family’s collection since 1977, this Packard was extensively refurbished between 2001 and 2006, with receipts on file for paint, chrome, wiring, interior work, and a new canvas top.

Packard’s 22nd series, the company’s all-new postwar automotive design, was offered with a variety of engines and trim levels. Available in closed and open body styles, Packard’s top-of-the-line model, the example offered here, was the Custom 8, which was distinguished via a high-output 160 bhp inline eight-cylinder engine, eggcrate grille, rear beauty panel, standard rear-wheel fender skirts, and luxurious interior appointments. Well maintained and still presenting in fine form today, this highly recognizable film luminary will certainly be most welcome at any gathering of Back to the Future fans and is ready to delight its next owner.