1937 Packard Model 1508 Convertible Sedan
Throughout the history of the motorcar there have been many marques that have come and gone. While many of these car builders produced wild and strange creations that lasted little more than a few years, there were some that literally defined the American automobile. One such marque would have to be Packard. Offering their first car in 1899, Packard would go on to build some of the finest and most prestigious cars of the 20th century. After literally defining the word luxury in the formative years, the Packard name became synonymous with higher-end automobiles that were the car of choice for America’s finest. Indeed Packard’s beautiful town cars, sedans, phaetons, roadsters, and cabriolets could be found in the driveways and carriage houses of societies finest. Perhaps the Packard company slogan has always said it best; “Ask the man who owns one” which was the phrase that set a standard for quality and reliability that was unsurpassed for decades.
Packard’s commitment to motoring excellence is proudly displayed in the beautiful 1937 Packard model 1508 five-passenger convertible sedan offered here. Riding on an impressive 144-inch wheelbase, its immense size alone is enough to make a lasting impression. This is a rare model for Packard with only 20 ever built and it also has the unique distinction of being the last and only convertible built on the 144-inch wheelbase. This large Packard is also a great driving car thanks to its power assisted brakes and clutch. Appointments on this classic Packard also include dual sidemounted spares, a factory radio, and heater. The Model 1508 clearly displays the very pinnacle of Packard’s big and majestic open cars while offering comfortable seating for five passengers. Power for this magnificent automobile comes from Packard’s powerful V-12 engine rated at 175 horsepower. While the mighty V-12 is an impressive sight by itself, the beautifully detailed engine compartment on this example is a truly stunning commitment to Packard’s high-end factory standards. The Model 1508 convertible sedan was also designed with open car elegance in mind as the top completely disappears into the rear well creating an elegant look for top down touring. It is also equipped with an accessory trunk that is mounted on hinges to fold towards the rear, thereby allowing access to the built-in trunk creating a truly unique and impressive arrangement. This is truly a car that carries an impressive stance from any angle. Also impressive on this fine automobile is a stunning interior featuring red leather and finely detailed woodwork that is befitting of some of the most finely crafted furniture ever seen. This Packard is restored to impeccable standards and is a Classic Car Club of America national winner. Records also indicate that this Packard was sold new by the Westchester New York Packard Agency.
This 1937 Packard 1508 convertible sedan represents a body style that has long passed in American automobile design, but it was a very special car when built and remains even more so today. Few cars can claim such fine beauty and elegance in the same package. The Packard reputation of fine automobiles lives on in this stunning example the company’s legacy.