- 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


Year: 1940

Make: Packard

Mode: Darrin (Custom Super Eight One Eighty)

Style: Convertible Victoria

Serial No: c50246b2

Color: Blue

Engine Size: 356 cid

Engine Cylinders: I-8

Engine BHP: 160 BHP


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