Clarification on what my Packard's VN means

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Clarification on what my Packard's VN means

Post by idahodave7 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:57 am

I inherited a Packard from my dad that has been in my family since it was new, his grandmother bought it. He always said it was a 1949-1/2 model, but I'd like to confirm. The VN number is 2382-5-I780I (the ones actually appear to be capital i's) Any idea when it was exactly built? I think it's a Super 8 Touring Sedan. Thanks!

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Re: Clarification on what my Packard's VN means

Post by Prudence » Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:32 am

Good Morning...Others will know more, however it appears to be a 1949 23rd series car that was built in 1949 and not sold and so was re-titled as a 1950 and most likely sold in 1950. We have a 1949 Deluxe and enjoy driving it very much...Ernie in Arizona

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Re: Clarification on what my Packard's VN means

Post by JD in KC » Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:27 pm

According to the Vehicle number, your car is a 23rd Series [1950] Super Eight Touring Sedan. Prudence is correct; your car was originally built to be sold as a 1949 23rd Series Packard. It did not sell and so the factory changed the data plate to show -5- (a 1950 Packard). The only difference between a 1949 and a 1950 23rd series Packard is the data plate. The numeric ones that look like the capital letter 'I' is the Packard Font and is one way of telling an original data plate from a reproduction.

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