Gateway Classic Cars of San Antonio/Austin is privileged to be able to offer this very rare & highly collectible 1940 Packard 110 wood-bodied station wagon. The first Packard station wagon appeared in the fledgling “Six” model line in 1939 and the company sold 500 examples of the station wagon that first year. That popularity of the “Woody” station wagon prompted them to enlist the services of the long-established Hercules Body Company of Evansville, Indiana, for its 1940 wagons in both the 110 and 120 lineups. (This example being Body# 298). The Hercules Company was a very established company by this point in history; their initial trade having been as carriage builders just after the turn of the century. The 1940 wood-bodied Packard’s were made of ash frames with birch panels. (At an additional cost, Mahogany panels could be ordered). For 1940, Packard supplied 358 Hercules bodies for the combined 110 and 120 model lines. The “110” models, which had a 122-inch wheelbase with a six-cylinder engine, while the “120” models had a 127-inch wheelbase and an eight-cylinder engine. The body designs were identical with the extra length on the One-Twenty being utilized by the larger engine and the firewall. This 1940 Packard 110 example rests on a 122-inch wheelbase chassis (Chassis #13832178) and is powered by a 245 cubic-inch flathead six-cylinder engine (Engine# C-19230B).
This car was delivered in May of 1940 by the Boston Packard dealer and by the mid-1970s had been moved into the care of a California resident, where it was treated to a complete makeover by that owner. Upon completion, it was placed in a specially built alcove in the owner’s living room! It appeared on the cover of Packard’s International magazine in 1989, which was one of its very few public showings, and then later passed to another collector who had it kept in a climate-controlled storage area and treated to another restoration in 2006-2007.
Less than a dozen Packard 110 Station Wagons are known to be in existence & only one or two in the completely collectible condition of this car. In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca. where it was estimated to sell for $200,000 – $260,000. While those estimates were not achieved, the lot was still sold in 2007 for a whopping $181,500! This is a very rare opportunity to acquire an investment grade, museum quality 1940 Packard 110 Woody Wagon that only comes along every couple decades, so don’t miss out on this chance to join the ultra-exclusive collector club.
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