We have had numerous discussions as to what a fastback really is, and many of you have told me that the 23rd series Packard is not a Fastback. So, I’m not going to listen to you, and present this beautiful Packard on Fastback Friday, so there…
I found this stunning car up in Hadley Massachusetts when I was making the trip to go to the UMASS Amherst campus. Packard used to be the pinnacle in luxury car ownership, but the company was starting to lose that status when Cadillac introduced the OHV V-8, and revised styling around the same time this particular car was produced. Nonetheless, this was still a car that people in the 40s and 50s aspired to own.
This is a very late build 1949 Packard Eight Sedan, and was equipped with a 356 cubic-inch inline 8-cylinder engine and it produced 145 horsepower. This car is also equipped with a 3-speed manual transmission, uncommon for a luxury car even during this time period.
The seller states that this was found at an estate sale, and was garaged in a climate controlled environment. Selling price is undisclosed, so what would you pay for a gem like this?
By the way, the dealer has some other gems for sale. The above image is just some of their inventory…
Image Source: Copyright 2012 Hooniverse; Jim Brennan (aka UDMan)