Model codes signification

Queries about model and year identification, engine and vehicle numbers, etc.
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Re: Model codes signification

Post by Olivierdejong » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:17 am

Number Plate.

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Re: Model codes signification

Post by Olivierdejong » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:18 am

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Re: Model codes signification

Post by Olivierdejong » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:22 am

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Re: Model codes signification

Post by Olivierdejong » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:25 am

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Re: Model codes signification

Post by Olivierdejong » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:27 am

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Re: Model codes signification

Post by Howard56 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:05 am

Very nice looking car.

Here is where the engine number would typically be found. Some have had to resort to a wire brush and white chalk because at times they were faintly stamped or could be covered with grease or dirt. The 356 engine has the distributor in a slightly different spot directly under a core plug but the number location is almost the same. If your engine has that area plated the number could have been ground off.

The number and engine description for the original engine should fall within one of the ranges. Do you know if your car was an export model or if it was bought in the states and shipped over later. If export, I am curious if your engine is a 6 frequently used in export models because of the European taxes or if they also supplied the other engines in export cars.
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Re: Model codes signification

Post by Olivierdejong » Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:41 pm

Hello Howard.

The place You show me is exactly where my engine was plated.
It is an 8 cyl, 356 ci if i am not mistaken. Impossible to read anything in there.

All I can say it is that the car arrived new I suppose in France in 1946, and was registered on 15th of July that same year, With an odometer in kilomètres per hour instead of miles.
Hence I suppose that the first owner ordered it knowing it would run in France.

Hé was the first vice and then chief consul of the United Stated of America in Marseille in 1945 already.
I assume that he did not realize that such a big car on the small roads of south of France, mostly destroyed after WW2, was maybe not the most convenient choice. Hence he hardly used it. Good for me. She has now around the 65.000km on the clock. A good 40.000 miles. Never restored.

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Re: Model codes signification

Post by Olivierdejong » Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:45 pm

Any idea of how Manu cars of that type were built in 46-47? Super Clipper 2103 2-door club sedan I guess.

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Re: Model codes signification

Post by Olivierdejong » Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:24 pm

Dave You surprised me a bit when You said a reasonably unusual body type about the club sedan. I searched a bit on the web and I saw a YouTube ad for a 1947 super clipper custom club sedan for sale. They pretend that there would be about 20 surviving cars with this bodywork, on the 46-47 période, no matter custom or plain finish if I got it right.
Who could Provide me with some additional informations about the production of these and the remainings? Any recent listing of them? Thanks in advançe.

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Re: Model codes signification

Post by Dave Czirr » Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:31 pm

Packard didn't keep production records by body style until later but there are some estimates that are probably fairly accurate. And an estimate of those remaining can be gotten from those listed in our club more membership directory. Are you a PAC member? - if not you should consider it.

I'll try to work up some numbers for you tomorrow.

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