Bookmark and Share
CCG Feed Button
Quick Car Search 
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS (5)
Sunday, 21st December, 2014
Latest News
  • DEALERS & TRADERS Advertise for FREE!! XML Feed?? Tell us where to find it and we will do the rest!

  • FORUM - Our Forum is now online! Discuss everything Classic Cars, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods and more..

  • DEALERS! - Never upload another Ad again with the CCG Automated Feeds - Contact us NOW!

  • Subscribe to the CCG RSS feeds to get Classic Cars delivered directly to your desktop!

  • BLOGGING - We post Classic, Exotic and Muscle Cars that YOU would like to own!

  • TWITTER - follow us and receive instant updates!

  • 35 Languages Translated 33 Currencies Converted Visitors from over 170 different countries!!

  • 40,000 NEW Classic and Collector Car enthusiasts discover the CCG website EVERY month!!

  • Hello and welcome to - The only truly GLOBAL Classic Car site on the Internet!

Further Details - Click Here! Sample Listing
1929 Ford Model A
1937 Ford Cabriolet
1965 Volvo amazon station B18
1968 Ford Mustang
1997 Rover Mini 1.3i Cooper S
2001 Nissan Maxima
1973 Jaguar E-Type (XKE)
1995 Lotec C1000
And More...
1956 Montesa 348 BRIO 91
(Last 7 Days)
Classic cars global logo
RK Motors of Charlotte
Bookmark and Share

1938 Packard Coupe 

Sales - Design/Build - Restoration

USD 109,900
1938 Packard Coupe 
Click on image to ENLARGE
Click to SELECT

Country State / Province City / Town Zip / Postal Code
United States NC Charlotte 28269

Listed under categories:


1930-49 Pre-War

Color Exterior:   
Color Interior:
Odometer: 1118 Miles
Transmission: AUTO
Convertible: NO
Advert No: 188282


In the automotive world, some lines are rarely crossed. Certain pre-war cars like ’32 Fords and ’35 Chevrolets have long been hot rod fodder but the higher-end cars of the day, the CCCA Approved Classics, rarely find themselves equipped with anything but factory hardware. This 1938 Packard rumble seat coupe is one of the exceptions – a full blown luxury cruiser reborn with a 514ci Ford V8 and a C6 automatic wrapped in an elegant shell. Further outfitted with amenities like a new leather interior, a 10-disc CD changer, and Vintage Air climate control, the car offers a chance to hit the highway in distinctive prewar styling without having to sacrifice any modern conveniences. If you’re ready to drop jaws in a truly one-of-a-kind car, settle in and get to know this 1938 Packard coupe.

Walking up to the car, there’s no denying it has presence. The wheelbase is just over 120-inches – about the same as a standard cab Ford F150, and, even in stock form, the coupe weighed over 4,500lbs. These cars were made of significantly heavier gauge steel than today’s models, and it is a softer, more malleable material that was made before “high strength” steel was available. As a result, original panels can be restored to new condition as they were on this car. The gaps are excellent, and that mile-long hood fits as well as could be expected for something so large and complex. The body is finished in a deep shade of burgundy accented by a tasteful gold pinstripe that follows the body contours while a hand-striped flourish on the decklid completes the look. Whether stock or modified, these cars deserve the best paintwork possible and, looking around this coupe, it’s obvious that absolutely no corners were cut.

Trying to improve the look of a Packard is a challenge and one the builder of this coupe thankfully met with reserve. All the major styling cues remain in place with just a few subtle updates. Up front, the big Packard grille hangs proudly, topped by a classic Goddess of Speed (or lady with donut) hood ornament and flanked by headlights in body-matched housings. Below, the stock bumper was dropped in favor of slim bumperettes that clean up the front end considerably. Stainless mesh replaces the original chrome louvers on the hood while, at either side, two spare 15-inch radials covered in tan leather have taken up residence in the side mounts. The original chrome mirrors have been replaced by compact painted sport mirrors but, interestingly enough, the builder opted to leave the original the fabric insert on the roof instead of filling it. Lockable storage compartments behind both doors are now trimmed in leather with the driver side hosting a CD changer and the passenger side offering access to the battery and fuse block. Out back, the factory taillights and rumble seat are still there, accompanied by a lockable Ford gas cap and a second pair of bumperettes. One thing is for sure – this car won’t blend in with the others in the parking lot.

In 1938, this coupe would have come equipped with ether a 356ci straight-8 or a downright massive 473 ci V12, both with long strokes and torque figures that would make a locomotive jealous. Fortunately, the builder understood this and opted for 514 cubic inches of big block Ford. The engine is a Ford Motorsport creation featuring a 2-bolt main block with a nodular iron stroker crank, H-beam connecting rods, forged aluminum dished pistons, and a mechanical roller lifter camshaft. The block is topped with a single-plane Ford Motorsport intake with aluminum SVO ''Cobra-Jet'' heads at either side. Other hardware includes a multi-index timing chain, 4130 one-piece pushrods, an HD oil pump and pickup, and a dual sump oil pan. All told, the mill is good for a stated 600hp – more than enough to launch this cruiser with authority and cruise well above the speed limit without visible effort. The big V8 is topped with Ford Racing rocker arm covers along with a re-purposed Buick air cleaner which has been painted to match. Up front, the belt drive spins a Sanden air conditioning compressor and power steering pump while the smoothed firewall offers crisp reflections. At the sides, a set of ceramic coated headers dump into a true dual exhaust system that exhales through Flowmaster mufflers.

The engine is backed by a stout Ford C6 automatic feeding a 9-inch Ford rear that''s been incorporated into an original Packard rear suspension which includes leaf springs, a Panhard rod, and even the lever-action shock absorbers that are integral with the rear sway bar. The frame is also the original Packard piece, modified up front with a fabricated K-member that includes Mustang-II style upper and lower A-arms and coil over shock absorbers. Power rack-and-pinion steering has been added, which makes this car a pleasure to wheel around at any speed, and there’s a big brake disc at each corner. Look a little closer and see the giant custom-made oil pan that has been painted to match the body, and the accumulator valve for the power brakes. This was not a cut-rate build by any stretch of the imagination - someone spent a lot of time and money figuring out how to make this car safe, reliable, and 100% road-worthy. The chassis rides on a set of Billet Specialties wheels with 235/75R15 radials which offer a great ride and look surprisingly appropriate.

More high-quality work and thoughtful details fill the leather-lined interior. The power-actuated seats are also from a late-model Ford product and are upholstered in a soft tan leather that is used throughout the car. The dashboard is a blend of the original burled wood metal dash and a new insert housing modern gauges from Classic Instruments. There’s a lot of pin striping in here and, as part of the overall effect, it’s appropriately elegant. The original handles and window cranks have been retained and still actuate the original regulators and latches. Behind the power seats, you’ll find a small package shelf that houses the entertainment system controls as well as the HVAC system and vents - no unsightly modern vents on the dash, all your climate-controlled air comes from behind. That area also houses the amplifiers for the stereo, the guts of the HVAC system, and the battery, which is accessible through the passenger-side golf bag door. The rumble seat has been upholstered in matching leather and features a remote latch and a pair of leather flaps that fold out to protect the paint from passengers’ elbows while they ride out back.

These aren’t easy cars to find in stock form. Click over to Google, image search “1938 Packard rumble seat coupe” and this car will account for about 1/3 of the first 20 results. To find a car like this and take the hot rod route seems unthinkable but, looking at the finished product, the risk definitely paid off. No matter what show you go to, this car will always be one-of-one, attracting slack-jawed stares from Packard fans and novices alike. Best of all, the car is pleasant to drive, hits highway speed effortlessly, and offers all the comforts that the modern set expects from an automobile. If you’re ready to put a unique and captivating prewar car in your garage, this Packard is an excellent choice!

Phone Fax Cell / Mobile Email
+1 704 596 5211 +1 704 596 5980 Click Here

Advert URL:


Video URL:





 Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional                                                                         

                                                            Copyright © 2008-2013: - all rights reserved.