The 1949-1950 Packard Super DeLuxe Eight was the reason why Custom Eight sales dropped so drastically after 1948. The Super shared the grille style and wheelbase of the costlier Custom, and dealers could even supply its cloisonné-decorated hubcaps.

The 1949-50 Customs were not as richly trimmed as the '48s, and the Super Deluxe's 327-cid straight eight was almost as smooth as the big 356 unit. No wonder many buyers saw little reason to pick the Custom and pay $700-900 more.

Pluses of the 1949-1950 Packard Super DeLuxe Eight:

  • Custom Eight looks at a lower price still its biggest attraction
  • Better performance than heavier Custom despite smaller engine

Minuses of the 1949-1950 Packard Super DeLuxe Eight:

  • The ugliest period of Packard's post-war era (though customs looked better than lesser models)

Production of the 1949-1950 Packard Super DeLuxe Eight:

  • 1949 2-door/4-door sedans: 3,000 (estimated); convertibles: 685; lwb sedan/limo: 4
  • 1950: 2-door/4-door sedans: 2,000 (estimated); convertibles: 600

Specifications of the 1949-1950 Packard Super DeLuxe Eight:
Wheelbase, inches: 127.0/141.0
Length, inches: 211.7/225.7
Weight, pounds: 3,855-4,260 (lwb: 4,600-4,620)
Price, new: $2,894-2,919 (lwb: $3,950-4,100)

Engines for the 1949-1950 Packard Super DeLuxe Eight:

Type Size Horsepower Years
sv I-8 327 cid 150 1949-1950

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