From 1899 through 1953, Packard Motor Cars built some of the finest vehicles in the world, rivaling Rolls-Royce and any other prestigious European brand. The company slogan was “Ask the Man who Owns One,” which said everything that needed to be said about the quality of the cars.
Packards also were “Built for Gentleman by Gentleman,” the company crowed, and the magnificent cars were truly all of that.
Collector cars of Packard’s caliber can be among the most seriously expensive cars today. While the most highly acclaimed Packards can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, the marque also offers opportunities for more frugal collectors to acquire all the quality and mystique of Packard ownership, but at a price that mere mortals could afford.
The Pick of the Day, a 1939 Packard 120 Touring Sedan, was a basic production model before the war and a car that would be affordable for most aspiring Packard collectors.
This 120 was recently repainted and has a body that’s in excellent shape, according to the private seller in Kalispell, Montana, advertising the sedan on ClassicCars.com. The only blemishes are a small dent on the hood and a minor scratch on the right rear fender, the seller says.
The chrome also has been redone and is in perfect condition, the seller adds, while the under carriage also is in great shape.
Powered by its original flathead straight-8 engine, the car starts and runs without smoke or suspect noise, the seller says, and recent repairs include a rebuilt generator and a new voltage regulator and battery. The clutch, transmission and brakes are said to all work well.
The interior is in very good shape, considering that it is original the car, the seller notes, and the photos with the add bear that out. There is a small tear on the front seat that has been repaired, the seller adds.
All the gauges are said to work, although the radio just lights up without sound.
A Packard 120 like this would be a fun “full-classic” that is eligible for any show, and has one of the best and most active car clubs in the country.
Yet this one is priced at just $22,500. No, it’s not a high-end Packard 12 “Twin Six” or a coachbuilt example, but the four-door sedan should be just as satisfying as a more-exclusive Packard, and is nearly as beautiful.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.