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1935 Packard One Twenty Model 120-A

1935 Packard One Twenty Model 120-A

In 1934 Packard invested $6 million on their One Twenty tooling and marketing which would eventually make it the mainstay of Packard’s entire line. Produced as a less-expensive Packard, the One Twenty was a direct response to the 1929 Stock Market crash and subsequent Great Depression.

One Twentys were produced in an all new facility on the Packard grounds which would manufacture entirely new engines, transmissions, steering gears, axles, chassis and steel bodies on the second floor.1

The One Twenty was build on a new 120-inch wheelbase frame which was made from U-section steel with a central x-brace which was similar to the design used on Packard’s larger Senior line. It’s independent front suspension was nicknamed Safe-T-flex and used parallel arms with coil springs.1

Jesse Vincent designed the L-head Inline-8 with aluminum pistons and an an aluminum cylinder head with 6.5 or an optional 7.0 compression.1

Seven different bodies were offered by the factory and were made with a steel skin and wood-frame supports. Ranging from $980 to $1095, Packard made available a Business Coupe, Convertible Coupe, Sport Coupe, Touring Coupe, Sedan, Club Sedan and Touring Sedan at launch in 1935.1

The One Twenty was the fastest selling car in the post-depression era and saved the company from an unlikely demise.

Sources & Further Reading.

1. Kimes, Beverley Rae. Packard, A History of the Motor Car and the Company. Princeton Publishing Inc: 1978.

 1935 Packard One Twenty Model 120-A

In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at Detroit, Michigan, USA
production 24981
price $ $ 980
engine Inline-8
ignition Double Breaker Distributor
block material Cast Iron w/Aluminum Cylinder Head
fuel feed Stromberg EE-14
displacement 4211 cc / 257 in³
bore 82.55 mm / 3.25 in
stroke 98.42 mm / 3.875 in
compression 6.5:1
engine designer Jesse Vincent
power 82.0 kw / 110 bhp @ 3850 rpm
specific output 26.12 bhp per litre
torque 275.2 nm / 203 ft lbs @ 2000 rpm
body / frame Wooden & Steel Body over Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
wheel type 16-Inch Steel Disc
steering Worm & Roller
f suspension Parallel Arm w/Coil Springs, Delco Shock Aborbers
r suspension Solid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Delco Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
wheelbase 3048 mm / 120 in
front track 1499 mm / 59 in
rear track 1524 mm / 60 in
transmission 3-Speed Transmission
tran clutch 10-Inch Dry Plate