Pre-war purchase: ’37 Packard Supereight 7-passenger
In 1935, Packard introduced their extensively redesigned models with redesigned suspension, steering and more horsepower making the cars easier to drive and offering more comfort. The bodies were new too and included true “envelop” styling, designed as a whole, with body, hood, fenders, and running boards integrated into one design. 1937 saw the first major update to the new “senior” cars with the addition of front independent suspension utilizing coil springs and wishbones. Most of the Packard bodies were now built in-house, as the Great Depression had greatly reduced the custom coachwork craft. We found this one interesting because of the history. It was in the same Brooklyn family until 2004 when the current owner purchased it. This was some special car back in ’37 therefore we can assume the family was pretty affluent or connected. Hey, Brooklyn is well, Brooklyn. The Packard had been in storage for over 41 years! It isn’t perfect but it sports original paint, interior and equipment all in working order. Now that is pretty incredible. The Packard is totally road worthy and would make an excellent car for the preservation class circuit. The asking price of $45,000 might be a little high given the standard factory coachwork but there aren’t many in such original condition that are useable as is. Click here for the listing.