From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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Take a moment to take in all of this 1949 Packard Super Eight Victoria convertible. After all, you want a vehicle with plenty of originality when it was one of less than 220 produced that year. So when you want rarity, distinction, and classic luxury, this Packard should be on your list. Packards are always quite a unique classic in nearly every crowd, but this one has an extra story to tell. 1948 was the first year they got their post-war designs on the streets, and the new Victoria convertible was a true show-stopper. The extra sleek design flowed from the fenders directly into the doors, and it remained streamlined all the way to the wraparound rear bumper. It truly has style and elegance with a wraparound chrome front end, two full-length trim strips, rear fender skirts, and the Goddess of Speed leading the way. So its great to see it all pleasant and looking so nice on this example. The reason why we mention 1948 Is because Packard didnt bow to conventional model years. This 48 cars were their 22nd series, and because they were so revolutionary, some were produced into the 1949 registration period. There were approximately 215 Super Eight Victoria convertibles that followed that designation, and this is believed to be one of those few. The interior has a high degree of originality, which makes this quite a sight. Theres plenty of room across the two rows of bench seats, and theres enough room in the trunk for a stand-up spare. The classic Packard steering wheel gives you a clear view to the jewel-like gauges, and the dash is complete, right down to the AM radio thats still on display. A Packard of this caliber cost about as much as a similar Cadillac of the era, and so the level of luxury is quite high. So you have rare features for the 40s, like a power seat. Plus, the power windows and power convertible top are a terrific luxury that allow you to open this classic convertible up to the world without ever leaving the drivers seat. Power comes from Packards durable and reliable 327 cubic inch straight-eight. The whole engine bay has a very honest presentation, and the block is so long it looks like it belongs in a locomotive. The motor has been treated with respect, and theres even a new fuel pump, so it fires up eagerly. This powerplant is mated to a column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission, which means you get a great vintage feeling while maintaining complete control. This is the rare convertible thats complete in appearance and its eight-cylinder eagerly fires up. So youre looking at a noteworthy classic thats great to show off now, or is the perfect candidate to take to the next level. If you love true classic car distinction, dont let this Packard slip away. Call today!!!
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327 Straight 8
3 Speed Manual
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