Stately and elegant, the Packard Clipper is a car that many of us have seen in our time, either in a movie, or if you are fortunate enough, in person. This particular “Deluxe” Clipper is very original and solid, needing some brake work to be a “Daily Driver”. With a relatively clean and promising appearance, I would gladly spend a weekend fiddling with the brakes on this Packard. Offered at $4,500, this classic would make for a fun, affordable project. Find it here on craigslist out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
With loads of paint gracing the engine bay, this Packard is looking good under the hood. The factory flathead straight 8 is in place, and appears mostly untouched. Plenty dry, with little evidence of rust, I am sure that some of the engine bay components would clean up nicely. Although described as a smooth and quiet running engine, the future owner should have a close once over of the engine, and general mechanicals.
The only shot of the interior doesn’t show as much detail as I would prefer but, it does give an idea of the interiors condition and what to expect. Appearing original, there is some staining, and also what appears to be rodent damage to the interior. Looking to maintain all of its original trim, and bits, the seats and door panels could be reupholstered to bring the interior of this Packard up to a nice finish. Although, if this Packard was to be a fun and affordable project, perhaps you could look the other way and add some blankets to save money for other needs.
Wearing what appears to be original paint, this Packard doesn’t look too bad off. The rockers and lower extremities of this Packard have been sprayed with red, and white spray paint to likely arrest failing paint, and surface rust. Overall this beauty looks mighty solid. There are some small surface rust areas sprinkled over the exterior, but there is no visible rot from the photographs. The front end looks to be in fine shape, with its undamaged grills and all of its exterior trim present. There is some paint touchup around the passenger headlight, and there is also some paint wear on top of both front fenders. The lower portions of the driver side doors appear to wear more rust than the passenger side, even though the driver side is not loaded up with spray paint. Thankfully the glass in this Packard is great, and the trim is not too bad off either with only some minor patina from time. I always love to see an affordable project, with this much originality, such as this Clipper. With a little time and effort, it will reward you quickly. Upon making this a driver, you can then align your cards to see what future plans you may have for such a machine. What would you do with this American classic? Would you restore, or maintain this Packard?