Need help

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Need help

Post by Charlin1231 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:37 pm

Recently acquired a 1940 Packard 120. Wondering if anyone could tell me why there are insignias on the doors? Thanks Charles

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Re: Need help

Post by Dave Czirr » Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:33 pm

Insignias? Maybe you mean monograms of the owner? That was a popular touch back in the day, rear doors only. How about a picture?

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Re: Need help

Post by Howard56 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:37 pm

Am assuming you mean something like some discreetly placed initials on the rear doors below the windows? If so, those who bought cars back in the day would often seek to personalize them and could place their initials on the car -- sometimes along with an extra pinstripe accent line on the body. Packard offered optional custom letters which could be like chrome pieces for the purpose -- or the initials could just be painted on like a pinstripe. Granted the chrome type was more often done on a senior model but if a customer wanted to pay for the option I am sure the dealer would do it for the 120.

Here is an offering from the 41 option list showing monogram prices. Initials were also offered to be embroidered on lap robes for the back seat. Note they specify the 160 or 180 as the applicable models for this set but as long as it was tastefully done or would fit, a customer with money to spend usually didn't have to twist a dealers arm too hard to get a supposedly unavailable accessory installed on any model.

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