PACKARD 1938

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DROULSTONE
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PACKARD 1938

Post by DROULSTONE » Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:23 am

I AM THE EXECUTOR OF OF THE ESTATE OF A GENTLEMAN WHO REBUILT A PACKARD
MOSTLY FROM A 1938. HE MADE IT INTO A CLASSIC CUSTOMIZED PACKARD HE CALLED
THE PACKARD HOLLYWOOD. IT WAS TITLED WITH THE VIN 11953510. I CAN NOT
FIND THE NUMBER ANYWHERE ON THE VEHICLE. IS THERE A WAY TO LOOK UP THIS
VIN NUMBER AND FIND OUT IF IT WAS PROPERLY TITLED ?

Dave Czirr
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Re: PACKARD 1938

Post by Dave Czirr » Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:04 pm

Packard vehicle numbers thru early postwar were engraved onto a metal plate affixed to the motor side of the firewall except for 1938 which used a decal on the firewall. If the decal was removed in the process of customizing the car, or just deteriorated from age, you'll have to rely on any older documents you might have for the vehicle number as it does not appear elsewhere on the car. If it cannot be confirmed (doubtful once the decal has been removed or failed from old age), most states would then title with either the motor number or the large embossed 6 digit number on the cowl which is generally known as the theft-proof or body serial number.

1193 3510 is close to what might be a legitimate 1938 Packard vehicle number, several of the body styles of the "junior" 8-cylinder model of 1938 had vehicle numbers beginning with 119X, including 1192 and 1194 which were sedans, however 1193 is not a valid number, perhaps you've read it incorrectly? And the second part, in your case 3510, would be the sequential production number within that model and body type and 3510 fits within the expected range for most of the body styles.

Don Shields
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Re: PACKARD 1938

Post by Don Shields » Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:23 pm

Droulstone lists the VN as 11953510. According to Robert Turnquist in "The Packard Story" on page 267, the Sixteenth Series (1938) Eight, Model 1601 (127 inch wheelbase) the body number 1195 denotes a 2-4 passenger Club Coupe. This is borne out in the Damman/Wren Packard Crestline book which has a photo of body 1195 on page 341. The Club Coupe had two folding seats behind the front seat as Packard stopped producing rumble seats after the 1937 model year,

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Re: PACKARD 1938

Post by DROULSTONE » Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:52 pm

Thanks for the help. I have a VIN plate to attach and will just get the number engraved.

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