Gray Clipper: 1949 Packard Series 22

1949 Packard Series 22

Gleaming paint and a nice-looking interior attracted me immediately to this post-war Packard, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and offered for sale here on eBay for a buy-it-now of $6,900 but bidding currently at $3,500. I expected the car to be worth more than that, but a quick check of online value guides shows that this is about right. The car is said to run well and be very original, with only the one repaint. A three-speed transmission with overdrive is coupled to the inline 8-cylinder engine. I wonder why this is valued so much less than some of the cars that came along a little later? It seems to have style, certainly has one of the best names in the industry at that point in time, and despite having some rust in the sills (visible in the undercar pictures and noted by the seller) seems to be a very presentable example. I’m sure it was stored fairly well to be able to come out running; I expect you’d be the only one at Cars-N-Coffee next weekend as well. Interested?


  1. Lee

    Seems like a real bargain to me.

  2. Mike Linbeck

    Had one just like it only in green about 10 years ago, someone donated to the kidney foundation and they offered it as a seal bid and I got it for $4500. + transport from CA to TX. Sweet car but didn’t have room for it and sold it to a car dealer here in Houston Sterling McCall for about $6,500 about 6 month later. Price is probably about right.

  3. Graham Line

    Victim of fallen flag and big-block syndromes. No commentators foaming over these at B-J.

  4. geomechs geomechs Member

    A bit of tin worm damage on the underside but it could be fixed without too many problems. I think it’s worth it.

  5. Ed P

    This would be a great car to acquire. For the price it appears as the buyer will get a drivable car. I wish I had the cash and room for it.

  6. turretman1st

    I had the chance in 1973 to get an almost exact duplicate for 50.00 with another parts car.
    the parts car ran perfect but bad body and interior.
    the duplicate to the one pictured had a bad motor, be in high school at the time the reason I did not go for it was I could not figure how I would take out that massive 8cyl engine .
    both of these had vacume clutches operated fron gear lever.
    wish I had done it and kept it.

  7. Frank C.

    We had one of these when I was a kid, Whenever I see a car like this, I have childhood memories of riding in the back seat and throwing up on long trips to Atlantic City. My parents called it car sickness. Invariably the cars had exhaust leaks. To this day, I can recall the smell and barf on demand.

  8. Woodie Man

    My first car was a 1950 Ulramatic, Black with a beautiful tan mohair interior. Quite the car for a sixteen year old, had to buy it for 250.00 from my Dad as it was a lien sale in his fathers garage. It was like new of course, but then it was only twenty years old. Tranny went out one day and that was that. Still have a Polaroid of it somewhere.

  9. Brad

    Fun, pretty color, looks great to leave alone and address a few things each winter. Only for the person who doesn’t mind 7 out of every 10 people asking (with an uneducated grin) if they have Grey Poupon.

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