This 1937 Packard Super Eight sedan was part of the 1940-42 Packard Custom Super Eight 180 line.
1940 Custom Super Eight convertible by Darrin

Howard A. "Dutch" Darrin began building rakish convertibles on the Packard Eight chassis in 1937. The Packard Custom Super Eight 180s became regular catalog items in the senior series for 1940-1942, along with a Sport Sedan offered for 1940 only.

A Convertible Sedan was available on the 138-inch wheelbase through 1941, and the 127-inch-wheelbase Convertible Victoria -- the most exotic and desirable of these cars -- was available in all three years.

Pluses of the 1940-1942 Packard Custom Super Eight 180:

  • One of the great Classics
  • Splendid styling
  • Super luxury

Minuses of the 1940-1942 Packard Custom Super Eight 180:

  • Formidable prices
  • Expensive to restore
  • Structural weaknesses

Production of the 1940-1942 Packard Custom Super Eight 180:
Fewer than 200 (estimated)

Specifications of the 1940-1942 Packard Custom Super Eight 180:
Wheelbase, inches: 127.0/138.0
Length, inches: NA
Weight, pounds: 3,920-4,121 (Victoria), 4,050 (Convertible Sedan), 4,490 (Sport Sedan)
Price, new: $4,595 (Victoria), 6,332 (Convertible Sedan), 4,795 (Sport Sedan)

Engines for the 1940-1942 Packard Custom Super Eight 180:

Type Size Horsepower Years
sv I-8 356 cid 160/165 1940-1942

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