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1940-1942 Packard One Twenty & Clipper One Twenty Convertibles


The 1940-1942 Packard One Twenty Convertibles were the much sought-after open models in Packard's junior series, offered as a standard or DeLuxe convertible coupe and convertible sedan for 1940 and '41. The convertible sedan was dropped the following year.

In 1942, Clipper styling (and name) was applied to most of the Packard line, leaving a DeLuxe convertible as the only small Packard Eight with "traditional" styling, though it was called a "Clipper One Twenty" anyway.

The One Twenty was not, as is often assumed, a cheap car; in price it compared most closely with Buick and Chrysler. Its 282-cid straight eight was silky smooth in operation, and the car had performance and roadability of a high order.

Pluses of the 1940-1942 Packard One Twenty and Clipper One Twenty Convertibles:

  • The most affordable prewar Packard Eight convertibles
  • Classic lines that will always be in style
  • Fine performance
  • Traditional Packard quality

Minuses of the 1940-1942 Packard One Twenty and Clipper One Twenty Convertibles:

  • A bit pricey
  • Lowly reputation among the uninitiated
  • Column shift with linkage prone to stick

Estimated Production of the 1940-1942 Packard One Twenty and Clipper One Twenty Convertibles:

  • 1940: 1,500
  • 1941: 1,000
  • 1942: 1,000

Specifications of the 1940-1942 Packard One Twenty and Clipper One Twenty Convertibles:
Wheelbase, inches: 127.0
Length, inches: NA
Weight, pounds: 3,540-4,000
Price, new: $1,277-1,753

Engines for the 1940-1942 Packard One Twenty and Clipper One Twenty Convertibles:

Type Size Horsepower Years
sv I-8 282 cid
120 1940-1941
sv I-8 282 cid 125 1942

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