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Lot 61
1947 Packard Super Clipper
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From the Miller Family Packard Collection

CHASSIS NO: 21228105

• Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic®
• Effortlessly stylish postwar sedan
• Recent cosmetic restoration work including paint
• Original upholstery
• Recent major engine service


356 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, single carburetor, 165 HP at 3,600 RPM, three-speed manual transmission, coil spring front with leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes


Although its cars continued to be built to exemplary standards, Packard in the post-war years failed to match the pace of styling change that its customers, and the rest of the U.S. auto industry, had come to accept as the norm. Nevertheless, Packards of the late 1940s - the elegant Clipper-style 21st Series in particular - are amongst the most collectible of post-war U.S. automobiles. Packard had first applied the 'Clipper' name to a new eight-cylinder model in 1941. Although it used the existing One Twenty's engine, the '41 Clipper incorporated a new chassis and striking up-to-the-minute styling. Only one model was available initially, a four-door sedan, which was lower than any contemporary Packard and wider than just about any other car then on the U.S. market. For 1942, the Clipper styling was extended to the most junior, six-cylinder line, previously known as the One Ten, and this resumed production in October 1945 almost unchanged as part of the 21st Series range for 1946. The smooth-running 356-cubic-inch straight-eight of the One Sixty and One Eighty Clippers, featuring a 104-pound, nine-main-bearing crankshaft, and hydraulic valve lifters, was the most powerful engine in the industry through 1947, exceeding Cadillac's V-8 by 15 horsepower. It could deliver 70 miles per hour in second gear overdrive and take a 4,000-pound car to over 100-mph on Packard's Proving Grounds banked oval track.

In 1950, ten years after Packard's nonpareil nine-main-bearing 356-cubic-inch inline eight debuted, Rolls-Royce copied the design for their nine-main bearing, F-head 346-cubic-inch B-80 inline eight, used only in a handful of Phantom IVs produced solely for heads of state, military vehicles, and even Dennis fire trucks. Like Packard's 245-cubic-inch six used in junior Clippers, Packard's 1940–50 356 Super 8 engine was widely used as a marine engine.

For 1947, Packard continued to push design into the true postwar phase, facing heavy competition from other marques such as Studebaker and Kaiser-Frazer. The 21st series Packard nomenclature continued through 1946 and featured new grille characteristics that would influence future designs. The new models were a perfect combination of style and sophistication that continued to showcase Packard as one of America’s most premier manufacturers. Packard’s most expensive six-passenger offering was the Custom Super Clipper Eight Touring Sedan which cost more than $3,400 when it was new.

Powered by a 356-cubic-inch, L-head, inline eight-cylinder engine, the top-of-the-line Super Clipper continued virtually unchanged, either stylistically or mechanically, for 1947, as did the smaller six-cylinder Packards. Not until the 1948 models were announced was there a wholesale restyling. By then the Clipper, last of the home-market six-cylinder Packards, had been dropped, though the name was later revived for a base-model eight. Only 5,690 Custom Super Clipper Eight Sedans were built for 1947 making their collector appeal today very high, especially considering the model's Full Classic® notoriety from the Classic Car Club of America.

This sleek and elegant Super Clipper was recently refinished beautifully in original Coral Blue and Vanderbilt Gray paint scheme. The mostly original interior with rich burgundy upholstery complemented with cream piping features correctly restored dash woodgraining. Additionally, this Clipper has recently received some engine refurbishing that included a fresh valve job and engine detail. According to its data plate, it was delivered new on August 29, 1947, to Jones & Manske Packard, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Carefully maintained as part of the Miller Family Packard Collection for the past 17 years, this high-quality, stylish classic is the perfect choice for comfortable touring and classic car events.

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