Packard One-Eighty Super Eight Custom Darrin Convertible Sedan – 710 (1940)

Packard One-Eighty Super Eight Custom Darrin Convertible Sedan

The Packard One-Eighty Super Eighty Custom Darrin Convertible Sedan is a 120 model from late 1939 in the convertible definition engineered by Darrin.

Series 1807. 160 hp, 356 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 138 in.

1,900 units of the 1807 model corresponding to the 18 series of 1940 were manufactured.

The 18th Series began on August 8, 1939 with modified bodies: the headlights were positioned in the middle of the wings, the steps were less prominent and the narrower bow grille was rounded and flanked on either side by two small “corridor” grilles located on the front wings between the grille and the headlights.

Under the hood, the engine receives a redesigned cylinder head to improve intake. The long versions are removed and the range includes 4 De Luxe versions: Club Coupe ($1,161), Touring Sedan ($1,246), Club Sedan ($1,314) and Convertible Coupe ($1,318). At the beginning of 1940, the range was completed by the Victoria Convertible built by Howard’Dutch’ Darrin, the Californian designer who had just signed an agreement with Packard to produce his models in the factory in Connersville, Indiana, which was made available to him. Packard thus finds an inexpensive way to offer a response to the new Lincoln Continental (at the public price of $3,819 anyway). The total production of the 120 increases by 59% and reaches 28,138 units (29% of all Packards).

Photo: Mr.choppers [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Packard 1940:


One-Twenty Deluxe
One-Sixty Super Eight
One-Eighty Super Eight Custom


Six 245 c.i. 4.0L One Ten
Eight 282 c.i. 4.6L One Twenty
Super Eight 356 c.i. 5.8L

Chassis number

1800 One-Ten
1801 One-Twenty and One-Twenty Deluxe
1803 One-Sixty Super Eight
1804 One-Sixty Super Eight
1805 One-Sixty Super Eight sedan / limousine
1806 One-Eighty Super Eight Custom
1807 One-Eighty Super Eight Custom sedan
1808 One-Eighty Super Eight Custom lwb sedan / limousine

Body number

13×2 touring sedan
13×3 station wagon
13×4 2-door touring sedan
13×5 club coupe
13×0 lwb limousine
13×1 lwb sedan
13×7 convertible sedan
13×8 business coupe
13×9 convertible
13794 All Weather cabriolet by Rollson
13795 All Weather town car by Rollson

- $6,300 (1940) - 5833 cm3 - L-head inline eight-cylinder engine
- Normal - 160 HP
- - 20 seconds
- 4.050 lbs - Three-speed synchromesh manual
- - 85 mph
- 1940 - Wheelbase: 138 inches
- Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. -
- 7.00 x 16 - +6
- Independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs

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