BF Exclusive: Walled In 1938 Packard Club Coupe

Walled In Barn Find

From Tim M. – This 1938 Packard came from a garage in Maine. It had been in there since 1959 and a wall had to be removed to get it out. It was brought to Virginia and a restoration started. When I checked the engine though, it would not fully turn. So I went looking for an engine and found a complete rolling chassis in Connecticut. The engine numbers match info available at Packard Club. All parts necessary except running board moldings are there, some which were not on or not correct for car when I purchased it. i.e. license plate lamp, heater assembly, speedo, etc. There is some minor rust around fender openings and under one door sill. Many parts were purchased in anticipation of owning this car, but arthritis in my back has halted the restoration. There is no title and the correct mileage is unknown. I am asking $7,500, but will consider offers. That may seem high but a lot of time has gone into this so far and there are a lot of extras that go with it. You can view more photos here and interested parties can email Tim here.


  1. Mark E

    HA! I was thinking Packard when I saw the picture but thought my mind had been steered that way from the earlier listing of the ’28 Packard. This is the bottom-of-the-line 110 or Packard 6. It was Packards entry level model and had a 6-cylinder engine. Not as much mass or formal style as the more expensive models but they still look very nice when restored.

    I had a friend who ran a 1937 Packard 6 as their DD. When they moved from Missouri to Minnesota they packed it full of stuff and took off. My friend noticed that a car seemed to be following him through Northern Missouri and Southern Iowa. When they stopped for lunch the mystery car pulled up next to them and the people got out. They had been following because they wanted a closer look “…at the pretty Rolls Royce…” ^_^

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  2. Rich

    Love Packards and would like to some day own one. Unfortunately I don’t see the 7500.00 value in this, but perhaps 6k? Sadly, we ultimately never get out what we put into our cars.

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  3. L.M.K.

    It would have been so much more attractive if left fully assembled. Now it’s an unfinished and disorganized, my opinion is based on what I see in the photos, difficult to reorganize project. The seller will need to let it go for much less , strictly imo….and who really cares what I think but me………? I’ll pass…..

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  4. JW454

    I don’t know what this car is worth when its completed but I have put a couple of the giant jig-saw puzzles back together. There is way more work in putting one together if you didn’t take it apart. Looking at the work it still needs and the fact you have to figure out how to put it back together and that you know you’ll run across parts that are missing… I think the asking price is a bit too high. JMO

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  5. PaulG

    Tim, I just wanted to say GLWS, and more importantly, take care of your back the best you can.
    After 2 surgeries 13 and 15 years ago, I can relate to the debilitating issues that come with the territory.
    I truly wish you the best, and I believe the Packard will shine again someday!

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  6. Bill McCoskey Bill McCoskey Member

    As someone who has owned over 300 Packards in almost 50 years, I would say the price is a bit optimistic at best! Yes, it’s a coupe, but the cost of materials alone to restore [not including labor] far exceeds the completed value. I have a 1937 Packard eight [120CD] touring sedan, 42,000 miles, in dry storage since 1960, and I’m unable to get $6,000.

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