1941 Packard 110 Series 1900
Engine: Inline 6
Displacement: 245 Cubic Inches
Horsepower: 100 BHP
Cost New: $1,251
Packard envisioned the Model 110 as a car for the common man who wanted more luxury than a Cadillac. Primarily known for their splendor and prestige, the Packard was considered one of the nation's premier automotive brands. They now wanted to make a car that was more affordable for everybody. The lower cost series began in the Great Depression and was used to help launch the company from a maker of high-end cars to a real contender in the industry. The series changed names several times, first called the new Six. The 110 name only last for two years, 1940 and 1941. These cars were equipped with a 100 BHP straight six, topped by a one-barrel Stromberg carburetor.
The 100s came in several body styles, ranging from two and four-door sedans, convertibles and station wagons, like the one you see here. This wood-body station wagon is one of fewer than 24 known to exist, of the roughly 136 produced. The body was built by Hercules and is made from richly varnished mahogany and ash. Steel inner and outer fenders were bolted to the wood body, which was then mated to the chassis. The interior was typical Packard luxury, featuring hand-stitched leather bench seats for all eight passengers.
This Packard 110 is an amazing example of the series. The wood you see is the original wood that was carefully preserved when the car was restored.