Trying to identify my Packard 1937

Queries about model and year identification, engine and vehicle numbers, etc.
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Aero92
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Trying to identify my Packard 1937

Post by Aero92 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:45 am

I've got this 6 cylinder convertible for 6 years now, but still couldn't identify the right model.
Assuming it's a 115c, though it does not appear on the models, as it's a 4 seater convertible, thus no rumble seat.
Someone can clear this out?
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Re: Trying to identify my Packard 1937

Post by Dave Czirr » Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:23 am

A positive identification can be made if you'll provide the vehicle number or a good photo of the vehicle number (a/k/a patent) plate.

The theft-proof number you provided (large number embossed into the cowl) will only identify the model year.

The information given in your first photo is not original Packard info but something an owner created. What it calls a serial number appears to be a motor number.

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Re: Trying to identify my Packard 1937

Post by Aero92 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:06 am

Could find only this on the chassis...
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Re: Trying to identify my Packard 1937

Post by Dave Czirr » Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:12 pm

No vehicle number plate?

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Re: Trying to identify my Packard 1937

Post by Aero92 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:56 am

Nope, nothing more to find.
I guess it's an 115, though I can only find convertibles with rumble seat.
For the later models (1938-1939) with the split windshield, the 4-seater convertible seems to be quite common.

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Re: Trying to identify my Packard 1937

Post by Dave Czirr » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:30 am

You've got what's commonly called a convertible victoria. With the patent or vehicle number plate missing, there is no chance to determine what it was originally unless you can get that info from prior owners.

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Re: Trying to identify my Packard 1937

Post by flackmaster » Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:53 pm

Interesting. Certainly NOT a factory body, so the question is who built the body. Graber did several similar, but I'd think it'd be conspicuous if Graber, so my best suggestion is to look for body builder identification. Any ANY history on this unusual car? Surely you must have more to go on than the ID plate that references the engine number?

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Re: Trying to identify my Packard 1937

Post by Aero92 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:49 am

Thanks for the info.
I bought it 6 years ago, in the meanwhile the elderly former owner joined the spirit world...
Unfortunately there are no other identifications on the car but the ones I've already posted.
I hoped a Packard club member could sort this out :-)

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Re: Trying to identify my Packard 1937

Post by Dave Czirr » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:03 am

Custom coachbuilders almost always put their identification somewhere on the car, look:

- plaque on the cowl, lower right side near running board/front fender juncture
- door sill plates
- metal plate beneath the carpet or floor covering

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