1939→1940 Packard One Twenty Model 1801


1939→1940 Packard One Twenty Model 1801

For 1940 Packard restyled the front end which had distinctive side grills that complemented the traditional center grill. The hood also received newly-designed louvres and the bumpers were a more simple one-piece design.

Design of the engine and chassis was almost completely carried over from the 1939 version with minor revisions to the rear suspension and cylinder head.

New the official catalog was the Darrin Convertible Victoria. To ramp up production, these were made at the derelict Auburn plant in Cornersville, Indiana. Since the bodies retained very little of the standard Packard pressings, they were very time consuming and expensive to build. To achieve a lower stance Darrin replaced the front cross member of the chassis to lower the front grill. In fact, a recall was later issued for all Darrin models to reinforce this area after delivery.

The factory also officially offered 12 other bodies for the Model 1801 including the Business Coupe, Club Coupe, Club Sedan, Convertible Coupe, Convertible Sedan, 2-Door Touring Sedan, 4-Door Touring Sedan, Station Wagon, Deluxe Convertible Coupe, Deluxe Club Sedan and Deluxe Touring Sedan.

Sources & Further Reading

Sources & Further Reading

1. Kimes, Bevely Rae.Packard. A History of the Motor Car and the Company..Automobile Quarterly: 1978.
2. Coachbuilt.com.Darrin of Paris, 1937-1939

1940 Packard One Twenty Model 1801 Gallery

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1939→1940 Packard One Twenty Model 1801

 

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
production years1939 – 1940
built atDetroit, Michigan, USA
predeccesor1939 Packard One Twenty Model 1701
succeccesor1941 Packard One Twenty Model 1901
engineInline-8 w/L-Cylinder Head
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
ignitionDouble Breaker Distibutor
block materialCast Iron w/Aluminum Cylinder Head
valvetrainSide Valves
fuel feedDowndraft Stromberg EE-16
displacement4621 cc / 282 in³
bore82.5 mm / 3.25 in
stroke114.3 mm / 4.5 in
compression6.41:1
power89.5 kw / 120 bhp @ 3600 rpm
specific output25.97 bhp per litre
torque305.1 nm / 225 ft lbs @ 1800 rpm
body / frameSteel Body over Steel Ladder-Type Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
wheel type16-Inch Steel Disc
steeringWorm & Roller
f suspensionParallel Arm w/Coil Springs, Delco Shock Aborbers
r suspensionSolid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Delco Shock Aborbers, Anti-Roll Bar
wheelbase3226 mm / 127 in
front track1504 mm / 59.2 in
rear track1524 mm / 60 in
transmission3-Speed Manual
final drive4.09:1