- Body by Henney on a wheelbase extended from 127 to 148 inches.
- Limousines had a fixed divider with a retractable privacy window.
- A CCCA classic; Price new: $4,332 vs. $3,047 for the Super Clipper 4-door sedan.
Standard Catalog of American Cars (1946-1975) p 520
Encyclopedia of American Cars pp 671, and 678
E-mail D. Corrigan to M. Grayson, June 13 2008
The Henney Motor Co. of Freeport, Illinois built Packard’s 1946 and 1947 extended-wheelbase Custom Super Clippers. Henney lengthened the car by 21”, increasing the wheelbase from 127” to 148”. Packard distinguished between two versions: the chauffeur-driven limousine vs. the owner-driven seven-passenger sedan. In back, both had folding jump seats plus a fixed bench seat. The limousine had a fixed front bench seat plus a partition and a retracting window between the driver and passenger compartments. The front seat had leather upholstery for more durability. This specific car is a seven-passenger sedan. It has the same body as the limousine, but without the partition. The wool-upholstered front seat is adjustable.
During the 1946 model year, 30,793 Packards were built. Of that number, 1,291 were on the 148” wheelbase. The 1947 Packards were essentially identical. A total of 81,879 were built, of which 1,790 were on the 148” wheelbase. It is not known how many were limousines vs. seven-passenger sedans for either year.
The notoriously discerning Classic Car Club of America recognizes all 1946-1947 Packard Custom Super Clippers as Classics, which are defined as "fine or unusual motor cars…built between and including the years 1925 to 1948…distinguished by their respective fine design, high engineering standards and superior workmanship."
This specific car was donated to the LeMay Museum in December 2003 by Dr. Robert Ryan of Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Ryan met Harold LeMay one year at the Hershey Swap Meet in Pennsylvania and became very interested in Harold's plans for a Museum. Since that meeting, Dr. Ryan donated many items to the Museum, including antique automotive tools and a large collection of automobile literature for the Museum's library collection.
1946 Packard Custom Super Clipper
Mode: Custom Super Clipper
Engine Size: 356 cid
Engine Cylinders: I-8
Engine BHP: 165 BHP
Transmission: Manual 3-Speed