- In 1940 the design by Howard “Dutch” Darrin was added to the Packard line.
- These cars were a favorite of the Hollywood set in the 1940’s.
- Packard’s first year of the column shift.
- Price new: $4,593
Howard “Dutch” Darrin began adding a certain flair to Packard One-Eighty chassis in his Hollywood custom shop in 1937. In 1939 Packard management hired Dutch Darrin to build them in the Packard plant. The cut-down doors, raked windscreen, sawed-off running boards, and lowered hood and grille gave the Darrin Victoria its sporty looks. The ragtop Victoria quickly became a favorite of the rich and famous, becoming a status symbol almost overnight. They were somewhat over-priced, even for Packard, fetching from $3819 to $6332 depending on which chassis they were built on. Other Packard models were typically priced from $1000 to $2000.
1940 Packard Darrin
Mode: Darrin (Custom Super Eight One Eighty)
Style: Convertible Victoria
Serial No: c50246b2
Engine Size: 356 cid
Engine Cylinders: I-8
Engine BHP: 160 BHP