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Packard Eight Saloon '38

Packard Eight Saloon '38 (1938)

Reference ch7849
Make Packard
Model Eight Saloon '38
Type berline
Construction year 1938
KM 01863
Cilinder displacement 4624
Gears manual
Steering left hand drive

The Packard One-Twenty was produced from 1935 until 1941. The One-Twenty signified Packard's move into the mid-priced eight-cylinder market; a highly competitive segment that was filled with many marques with numerous offerings, options and price ranges. The move had been made due to financial reasons and the need to stay competitive; the Great Depression was taking its tool on the entire automotive industry but mostly on the high priced manufactures. The lower cost marques also had a tough time but a few were still able to move a considerable amounts of products and wade out this terrible time in history.
The One-Twenty was quickly designed, created, and made ready for sale. First offered in 1935, it could be purchased in numerous body styles that included coupes, convertibles, and two- and four-door configurations.  The price range was competitive, with prices ranging from the mid $900's to the low-$1000's. For 1936 Packard increased the displacement of the engine and horsepower rose to 120 and gave the One-Twenty a top speed of 85 mph.

  • To conform to Packard's standard naming conventions, the One-Twenty was known as the Packard Eight for 1938. A year later, it was back to being called the One-Twenty. There were still a slew of body styles to choose from, able to satisfy all of their customer's desires and needs.  Though the product and the price were good, sales were slow : the recession was taking its toll. Packard had even introduced many new mechanical improvements such as placing the shifter on the column rather than on the floor. For the following years, sales began to rise again, now amassing to 28,138 examples being produced. The name One-Twenty was now hyphenated.

  • Bodywork
  • Length : cm (in): 520 (205)
  • Width : cm (in): 187 (73.7)
  • Height : cm (in): 173 (68.3)
  • Wheelbase : cm (in) : 322 (127)
  • Weight: kg (lb) :
  • Mechanics.
  • Displacement : inline 8 4624 cc (282 cu in), front-mounted
  • Valve gear : 16
  • Fuel system : 1 Stromberg carburettor
  • Gearbox : 3-speed manual
  • Drive wheels : rear-wheel drive
  • Maximum power : 120 hp
  • Maximum torque :
  • Maximum speed :
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