Post-War Blues: 1946 Packard Clipper Coupe

Packard built automobiles from 1899 to 1958. American automakers put new models on hold during WWII, so when the war ended they continued producing designs from 1942 with some subtle changes.

The Clipper series was introduced in 1941 as just a sedan, and although 34,000 were sold, production quickly ceased when priorities shifted after Pearl Harbor. The Clipper (and to an extent, Packard) never really recovered. By the time they rolled out the Coupe after the war, stiff competition from Studebaker, Kaiser-Frazer and Cadillac had outpaced Packard, and their 1946-47 coupe fell to the wayside. Only about 600 post-war examples are known to be built.

Styling is quite pleasing. Since the early post-war cars are essentially designs from the late 30s and early 40s, it still has a cool, minimalist art-deco design before tail fins and excess chrome took hold.

This one looks particularly fresh in flat grey over green and tan interior and Coker Classic white wall tires. The seller says that the exterior was repainted and the chrome is showing some pitting, but the insides and engine look better.

Mechanically, they say it starts and runs but has not been test driven, although they suspect it would shift well. They say the odometer shows 53,000 miles and is believed to be original.

Under the hood is a 6-cylinder engine.

The seller says the vehicle was in a storage unit for years until it was given to the facility after years of unpaid rent, and say the current owner is only the second officially recorded owner.

Although it's not the rarer V8 version, this is still a lovely piece that has fortunately been garage kept over the years and seems remarkably intact.

Available here on ebay in Phoenix, Arizona with bidding at $24,766.

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