1946 Packard

Clipper Deluxe $64,950

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A part of American Automotive History, the Packard Clipper was built to usher in a completely fresh design and look.

This particular 1946 Clipper has been purposely restored with a modern drivetrain so that it can be enjoyed as a daily driver.

Completed in 2010, this Packard was revived with its original and gorgeous body lines, but with a modern LS1 Fuel Injected Motor mated to a 4-Speed Automatic with Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes and Air Conditioning.

A custom built chassis and K-Member were utilized to house the motor and upgraded suspension while a Ford 9" rear end was utilized to finish up the drivetrain.

The Custom Interior features power front seats sourced from a late model Cadillac while the rear retains a factory saloon style bench. Dynamat has been applied throughout allowing for a quiet and comfortable drive.

Used as a Daily Driver for years with several long haul runs under its belt, this Clipper runs strong and smooth and is effortless to drive.

The stunning color and bright chrome extenuate the body making this Packard unmistakably cool!!!

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About the Clipper:

The Packard Clipper is an automobile which was built by the Packard Motor Car Company and by the later Studebaker-Packard Corporation for model years 1941–1942, 1946–1947 and 1953–1957. The Clipper was introduced in April, 1941, as a mid-model year entry. It was available only as a four-door sedan.

For only the 1956 model year, the Clipper became a stand-alone make of automobile produced by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation. The Clipper lineup was aimed at the middle-price field of American automobiles that included DeSoto, Oldsmobile, Hudson and Mercury. Following the closure of Packard's Detroit, Michigan factory in 1956, the Clipper marque was discontinued, although the Clipper name was applied to 1957 Packards that were built at Studebaker's South Bend, Indiana, factory.

By the end of the 1930s, Packard president Max M. Gilman realized that his best efforts to improve profitability during the last lean decade had not been enough. The Packard One-Twenty had arrived in 1935 and saved the company from immediate demise; the One-Ten had followed, achieving even higher volume. But despite a strong performance in revival year 1937, Packard sales had plummeted as the depression returned in 1938, and the 76,000 sales for the calendar year 1939 were hardly past the break-even point. To be precise, they netted the company a scant half million dollars. This precarious financial state combined with the new model developments among Packard's rivals, GM's LaSalle , Cadillac Series 61 and the Lincoln-Zephyr, meant that Mr. Gilman needed something radically new, and that he needed it in a hurry if he wanted to save the company.

Introduced just eight months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Packard's hopes for the future rode on the new car design. The Packard Clipper represented a break from traditional styling and embodied an abrupt change in construction techniques. However, World War II intervened. It made the investment to produce one of the only all-new 1941 American cars impossible to realize in a normal marketplace.

In 1946–47 the numerical designations were dropped and the line consisted of Clipper Sixes and Eights on the 120-inch wheelbase and Supers and Custom Supers on the 127-inch wheelbase. For the first time there were now seven-passenger sedans and limousines, riding a 148-inch wheelbase. For their type, these "professional Packards" enjoyed success. They compare with Cadillac's 1946–47 Seventy-five, beating it not only by 15 horsepower but by a foot of wheelbase, yet selling for about the same $4,500–$5,000. Counting several thousand bare chassis supplied to commercial body manufacturers, the Seventy-five outsold the long-wheelbase Clipper; but for finished cars from the factory, production was about 3,100 cars each for 1946–47 combined.

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