1937 Packard 115C Convertible Coupe - SOLD
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When is a Packard not a Packard? When it’s a Corvette.

Stunning professional build. Expertly restored Packard convertible coupe with original sheetmetal merged with C4 Corvette suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, LT1 V8, and 4-speed automatic transmission. Cold A/C and all the amenities. What a car!

When is a Packard not a Packard? When it’s a Corvette. Someone has neatly merged one of Packard’s most attractive cars of the late ‘30s with a late-model Corvette to create something really special. None of the Packard’s bodywork or trim has been modified, simply restored to factory spec. Glossy black paint always looks right on these handsome cars and the sheetmetal underneath is beautifully finished with nary a ripple to be found. Doors close with authority, the hood latches down tight without any wrestling, and even the windows seal up rather well. It’s been driven about 10,000 miles since it was finished, so it’s no longer perfect, but you’ll spend a long time looking for any flaws and none of them will be major. It’s clean, straight, and still commands a ton of respect both on the road and the show field. Better still, the original Packard chrome trim remains 100% intact—nothing shaved, trimmed, or modified—so it still has an elegant look. Note the chrome radiator slats up front, the simple hood ornament, and bright bumpers wearing accessory bumper guards. Most folks won’t spot the wolf that lives inside this sheep’s suit.

The beautiful oxblood leather interior is a superb choice with the gloss black bodywork. That’s the original bench seat, complete with factory adjustment mechanism, and they went to great lengths to keep the car’s personality intact. Yes, there’s a tilt steering column with a wood-rimmed wheel, but please admire the gauges and their custom-made mahogany dash panels which were designed to look suitably vintage. Vintage Air supplied the HVAC system, and it’s fully operational, as is the Alpine AM/FM/CD stereo with speakers cleverly stashed throughout the cabin. Plus carpets with matching leather binding and original Packard hardware on the doors help with the luxurious feel. This isn’t your garden-variety hot rod. And remarkably, the 115C included both a spacious rumble seat as well as a trunk, a rather clever bit of packaging. Overhead there’s a black canvas convertible top, also trimmed in red leather, and it stows easily enough under a matching black canvas boot. Everything special about the original Packard interior remains 100% intact here.

Mechanically, the original Packard six is gone, replaced by a 1990s Corvette LT1. Displacing 350 cubic inches and making right around 300 horsepower, it’s about three times more powerful than it was originally, yet no less civilized. It starts quickly, idles nicely, and has a nice V8 rumble that doesn’t make a scene. The engine bay is orderly with a few dress-up items, and you’ll find it’s easy to service and bulletproof reliable over the long haul. There’s a giant copper and brass radiator up front with an equally large electric fan, polished A/C compressor and alternator, and an HEI distributor. You’ll also be happy to see that they’ve packed power rack-and-pinion steering as well as power 4-wheel disc brakes into the compact Packard’s chassis, so it’s eminently easy to handle. The transmission is a 700R4 4-speed automatic with overdrive, so cruising is always relaxed and since it uses an all-independent Corvette suspension, that also means a Dana 44 rear end with 3.08 gears inside. There’s a custom gas tank out back, a hand-built exhaust system with Flo-Pro mufflers, and the fuel lines are still copper, as original. Someone was sweating the details when this one was built. The chrome wire wheels were custom built juts for this car at a cost of over $5000 and carry 235/70/15 blackwall radials that give it a bit of an old school look that’s just about ideal.

Packard hot rods are not particularly common, but this one stands out with the quality of the build and the attention to detail that went into it. All the good stuff is here, power steering, A/C, a great stereo, and it’s wrapped in some of the most attractive bodywork of the period. And the convertible coupe body style is surprisingly practical, especially with the rumble seat for guests. If you seek something a little different, this Packard delivers. Call today!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1937 Packard 115C Convertible Coupe
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 118103
Odometer Reading: 10,378 (since built)
VIN: 10892768
Engine: 350 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3.08
Wheelbase: 115 inches
Wheels: 15-inch chrome wire wheels
Tires: 235/70/15 blackwall radials
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Burgundy leather
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