Beautiful, Classic American Luxury

Deep River, CT 06417
United States

1948 Packard
Very Good
Transmission Type
Exterior Color
Interior Color
Category  Classic Cars

1948 Packard Custom 8 Touring Sedan The Custom Touring Sedan was the top of the line model for the 48 Packard line up and they only produced 5900 of them. It features a bunch of standard options like a flathead, 165HP, 356 CI straight 8; three speed manual transmission; arm rests; chrome cowl side vents; Plastic steering wheel; auto shut off turn signals; chromed instrument panel; chrome horn ring; back-lit instruments; glove box light and lock, with hidden latch; electric clock; .....
cigarette lighter; courtesy lights; Cormorant chromed hood ornament; chrome bumpers; stainless body molding; rear wheel shields; Cloisonne hub caps; down filled seat backs; recessed foot rests; rear compartment courtesy and reading lights, plus many more... This car is optioned with the "Electromatic clutch"; Overdrive (all new parts but currently isn't engaging); Comfort Aire ventilation system; Cowl mount aerial; Radio; F+R bumper guards; driver mirror and wheel trim rings. The current owner purchased this car as part of a package deal and after getting her up and running reliably, has decided to move her on. When he got her he knew the car had been repainted at some point in her life in the original Packard Blue (yes, that is blue paint, not black) and because the engine looks freshly painted, it is believed to have been rebuilt. It had been sitting so they cleaned and flushed the tank and fuel system, rebuilt the carburetor, buffed the tired paint and installed a new exhaust. The car starts, runs and drives beautifully as a Packard should. Aside from some surface rust on the frame, the car is super solid, no rot. The has 84000 miles on the odometer, unknown how many on the engine... However, the engine runs so smooth, you can hardly hear (or even see) it running; you could balance a quarter on this thing while it's running! Absolutely turn key and ready to enjoy, and would be welcome at any show, she does have a few issues. The front seat has some damage and the interior is believed to have been reupholstered at some point too, the leather bound visors have some wear and tear and the delicate headliner is showing some dry-rot holes in her near the windshield and visors. As you walk around her and look closely you'll see some small scratches, a small piece of missing trim. Not a prefect car by any means but a tight, well running car that can be enjoyed from the minute she's taken home. The asking price on this piece of post-war American luxury is just $9000 Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
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AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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