1941 Packard One-Eighty Convertible Victoria by Darrin

Ryan Merrill ©2017, courtesy of Auctions America

The Packard Darrin was a special automobile in the maker’s lineup. It was a blending of all the glory that was Packard in the Classic Era and the stunning design work of Howard “Dutch” Darrin. The result was one of the more glamorous cars of the 1940s.

According to its body tag, this Darrin was first delivered to Mead Motor Co. in Houston, TX, on June 27, 1941. It has since been restored by Stone Barn Restoration from what is described as a solid, original car. Included are the jack, spare wheel, convertible top boot and storage bag. A former AACA and CCCA National Prize Winner, the car presents beautifully, finished in Cream over saddle leather with a dark chocolate canvas top and period-appropriate wide whitewall tires. Fender skirts complete the sleek and svelte look that can only be Darrin. Optional equipment includes radio, clock, heater/defroster, grille guard and back-up lamp. It is equally nice under the hood as it is on the exterior. The consignor describes the car to be in “excellent driving condition,” and as a CCCA Full Classic, it is ready to show and tour.

Carl Bomstead

Carl Bomstead - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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