Marking a major change, in 1940 Super Eight bodies were now shared with the One Twenty, the wheelbase shrank to 127 inches, and the shifter went from floor to steering column, where it was called "Handishift" and soon became notorious for sticking in a gear. But overdrive was now available, and the Super's new engine was a magnificent 356-cid straight eight.
Body styles for the Super Eight/One Sixty series were a convertible coupe and convertible sedan, but the latter was dropped in 1942. In 1941 both body styles could be had in Deluxe trim featuring wood garnish moldings.
Although all One Sixtys are highly desirable, these open styles naturally generate the greatest interest and command the highest prices. This is a great Packard that many believe combines the best traditional styling with the most modern engineering.
Pluses of the 1940-1941 Packard Super Eight/One Sixty Convertibles:
- Traditional Packard four-square styling
- Powered by what is probably Packard's finest straight eight
- Usually found with Overdrive
- CCCA Classic status
- Sidemounts and runningboards were optional
Minuses of the 1940-1941 Packard Super Eight/One Sixty Convertibles:
- All come with the not-so-handy, column mounted "Handishift"
- Plastic dashboard knobs and trim don't hold up
- Body looks like a One Twenty...
- But don't be fooled, and don't fall for a One Twenty convertible body grafted onto a One Sixty chassis -- there are differences and experts should be consulted
Production of the 1940-1941 Packard Super Eight/One Sixty Convertibles:
- Fewer than 500 per year
- 1941: On the basis of high serial numbers covering 85% of production, the Packard Club reports 250 convertible coupes and 200 convertible sedans
Specifications of the 1940-1941 Packard Super Eight/One Sixty Convertibles:
Wheelbase, inches: 127.0
Length, inches: NA
Weight, pounds: 3,795-4,160
Price, new: $1,775-2,180
Engines for the 1940-1941 Packard Super Eight/One Sixty Convertibles:
Type Size Horsepower Years sv I-8 356 cid 160 1939-1941 sv I-8 356 cid 165 1942
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