Pick of the Day: 1949 Packard Super Eight in unique roadster trim

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

OK, it’s true – I dig old cars that look like inverted bathtubs.  The Pick of the Day, a custom 1949 Packard Super Eight roadster, is a perfect example.

And yes, you read that right.  This Packard is an actual roadster, not a convertible, built for warm, sunny days without any threat of rain or snow.


“This car was restored about 15-20 years ago …  and used exclusively as a parade/touring car, as there is no convertible top nor any windows,” says the seller, a Stanley, Wisconsin, dealer advertising the Packard on ClassicCars.com. “This is a fair weather only car, for sure.”

The photos with the ad show the Packard parked on a snowy lot, which is not where you’d expect to find it.  But the many pictures also show how very straight, clean and well-painted the body is on this unusual car.

“This rare ‘upside-down bathtub’ … features a gorgeous paint job, body work and like-new chrome,” the seller notes.

Too bad, though, that pictures of the interior and engine compartment are not included – some of the pictures show glimpses of the tan leather upholstery, which looks very nice contrasting with the classic maroon paint job.

The bird on the hood is a cormorant, by the way

The Packard is powered by its original 327cid straight-8, which is a sturdy and smooth-running engine, and the car has been updated with a 12-volt electrical system, electric fuel pump and auxiliary engine-cooling fan.”

“Runs and drives real well, all gauges, lights and horn in good working order,” the ad says. “Recent services include spark plugs, points, battery, oil/filter and rebuilt carb.”

One item that needs attention before driving the Packard regards the tires, which are too old to be safe, the seller says, adding that the car needs real whitewall tires instead of the faux “Portawall” inserts that are on there now.

While this Packard is most-certainly attractive in its unique configuration, it would have some practical limitations.   A special owner is needed to appreciate this fair-weather friend, presumably someone who lives in a mild climate, as opposed to, say, Wisconsin.

The asking price is $34,950.

 To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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