Looking to buy a Packard

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Looking to buy a Packard

Post by covercash » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:49 am


I am looking to buy a 1946 Packard Clipper 8. Car is in number 2 condition. NADA and Haggarty both say the top number on the car is about 17K. The seller is asking $23,900. It sounds like the seller is trying to recoup a repaint and new interior. As well as 5 new coker radials and some minor rebuilding in the engine compartment. It is not a ground up restoration. Is the car in #2 condition worth that price? What would be a fair offer?



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Re: Looking to buy a Packard

Post by Prudence » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:57 am

Good afternoon Covercrash...

If all of the work promised has been completed, and the car runs well and doesn't overheat when run at 60 or so for a good trot, then the price is not out of line for a machine that is above the ordinary in condition. If you go on line to 'Packards for Sale', there are usually over 100 Packards and usually a 46 or two. I have seen them at $25,000 and even a bit more. Ernie, the caretaker of 'Miss Prudence', a 1949 Packard Deluxe.

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Re: Looking to buy a Packard

Post by 34PackardGuy » Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:56 am

Chris, there is a difference in value between a Clipper 8, and Clipper Super, and a Clipper Custom Super; can you confirm which one you're asking about? Also comment about your expectations, for example a correct new interior in a Custom Super Clipper would be worth at least twice that in a Clipper 8 if authenticity is important to you. Also a nice repaint but in an incorrect color would detract significantly from the value, though some folks would find it acceptable.

If you don't know which model it is, give us the vehicle number.

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Re: Looking to buy a Packard

Post by covercash » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:06 pm

I am pretty sure it is a standard Clipper 8. Not a Super or Deluxe. It has a repaint with ppg. Single stage paint. Has original materials for upholster work done. It has new radials instead of bias ply and an electronic ignition installed. Rebuilt gen. and radiator. Has seat belts installed. Vin is 16922635. I have tried to do a vin search but with no success. It also has standard transmission. I have not viewed it in person yet as it is in Wisconsin. Photos are very good. The car appears to be in #2 condition. Based on the valuation guides it appears to be a little high in price. #2 car should be around $17,900. I am considering an offer of $20K.

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Re: Looking to buy a Packard

Post by Dave Czirr » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:18 pm

Just confirming, a 1692 is a Clipper 8 (282 engine).

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Re: Looking to buy a Packard

Post by covercash » Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:48 am

Thanks. Very helpful.

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Re: Looking to buy a Packard

Post by 5682-4775 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:08 pm

Hello Chris

Welcome, nice to read you are looking for a Packard. Although I can't add any useful advice to what has been posted on the specific car, I would advise to proceed carefully, investigate a number of cars and various series of Packards. Quite a few are offered all over the country, in all levels of condition and price, so be selective.

In addition to the For Sale section here, many of us also participate regularly on PackardInfo.com. As a help to those looking for Packards and cars available, here's a link to the Craigslist selected postings...hope this helps:

http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/modul ... &start=840


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Re: Looking to buy a Packard

Post by covercash » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:48 am

Thanks, Steve. The car I am looking at has had some quality minor work done like a repaint and interior restoration to OEM materials. And some mechanical rebuilding. It is a solid #2 car. I work for Ford Motor Company and have a firm knowledge of pricing guides. All say this particular model in #2 condition should be about $17,900. I know the seller is trying to recoup the cost of minor restore. We all know that usually does not happen. I have looked at many cars and this one seems to be the best of the 46-47 Clippers in the price range I am looking for. I know a lot of people look at ground up restored cars and what they are asking for them and set a price they think they can get for it. This car is priced about $6K high. I think I will offer $20K and see what he says.
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Re: Looking to buy a Packard

Post by Lizey1313 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:52 am

hi all
Im considering buying this 1955 Packard clipper custon constellation
the odometer shows 9800 miles but the seller tells me it has 109,000miles
looks to me before seeing it in person that the car is fair condition

i would like to know what price would be a steal of a deal for this


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Re: Looking to buy a Packard

Post by genehouse » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:22 am

Eli, I'm really sorry, and please do not take this wrong, but we consider it impolite to hi-jack (use another person's thread to post and try to get information about your own car that is completely unrelated to the original car) another user's post to start your own material. You already have two different threads going that ask this same question and people are answering and offering their ideas to you. I would ask, on behalf of the original poster, that you not post your car pictures in their thread. I hope you understand and we do hope to more of your pictures and I, personally, am looking forward to talking with you after you buy your car. Thanks for your time. Gene
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