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Wheels in the Grass

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’48 Packard Eight, Sanborn, N.Y.

This 1948 Packard Eight four-door sedan is currently parked in a Sanborn yard. It’s trying to hide behind the trees and is partially covered by a lovely blue plastic tarp — neither of which do much to enhance its chances for a quick sale. It is for sale, according to the sign at the rear of the car. The Eight and Deluxe Eight were at the bottom of the Packard pecking order for 1948, with a wheelbase of 120 inches. The larger Super Eight and Custom Eight  added another seven inches between the axles (there was also a ginormous limousine with a 148-inch wheelbase, of which 230 were produced). The Eight pictured here listed for $2,275 when new. The Custom Eight convertible, on the other hand, listed for $4,295 and there were only 1,105 of them built. One of them is currently listed on eBay with a buy-it-now price of $58,000. Yikes! You can view the whole line in the original brochure here.

— Jim Corbran,You Auto Know

Packard Eight brochure art

Custom Eight convertible on eBay

Packard Eight Station Sedan brochure art


  • Joseph Coppola

    I WENT TO SEA ON SHIPS SMALLER THAN THAT PACKARD! WOTTA MONSTER!

  • uncabobbo

    This is yet another “Wheels in the Grass” feature that causes me to drool. What a beauty!