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The Station Sedan was an exclusive, high-style station wagon model produced by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan between 1948 and 1950, using the Packard Super Eight as its basis. By offering the Station Sedan, Packard could market a vehicle with station wagon roominess and style, but without the full investment costs associated with a full-blown station wagon design and development program.
With the Station Sedan, the roofline was extended rearward in a sloping semi-fastback style, creating an attractive profile that very nicely accentuated the basic bodylines of the car. Decorative wooden panels – precisely mitered and beautifully finished – were fitted over altered steel body panels, with only the Station Sedan’s tailgate using structural White Ash framing. The two-piece rear tailgate opened in a clamshell fashion, a novel feature for the era, and provided great versatility.
Launched as part of Packard’s Twenty-Second Series, the Station Sedan featured extremely robust engineering characteristic of its maker and uncommon durability that continues to impress today. Power was provided by Packard’s reliable, high-torque L-head inline 6-cylinder engine, displacing 288 cubic inches and developing 130 rated horsepower with uncanny smoothness. A three-speed manual transmission working in concert with Packard’s proprietary Electromatic clutch and overdrive ensured an enjoyable driving experience. Never a high-volume product, the Station Sedan was a premium vehicle that was costly to manufacture and purchase, only continued to the end of the Twenty-Third Series in 1950. Today, they are sought-after by collectors and provide a refreshing break from its far more numerous competitors of the postwar era.
Already very rare today, this 1948 Packard Station Sedan is an incredibly original example with only an approximate 19,000 miles from new. According to its known history, the original owner of this Station Sedan placed it into a museum around 1949, where it remained until the mid-1990s when the museum closed. At the time, it had only been driven some 4,000 miles. Next, it was purchased by a man from Massachusetts and driven another 14,000 miles. The Consignor had learned of the car and followed it, eventually travelling to see it while at the AACA Hershey, Pennsylvania Fall Meet. Following acquisition in 2002, the rare Packard enjoyed consistent success wherever it was shown. Never restored, it has served several times as a benchmark of originality for restorers of similar vehicles, even retaining the large white numbers applied at the factory to the car’s frame during production. Retaining the original Egyptian Sand paint and chrome, it even retains the now-unobtainable original seat covers. According to Packard enthusiasts, this car also exhibits particularly good assembly quality. The distinctive woodwork is all original to the car and it has been wonderfully maintained by an expert with only light sanding and re-varnishing required. A very rare, high-quality car to begin with, this 1948 Packard Station Sedan is even more so today, with its irreplaceable originality and wonderful presentation. In short, it is an exemplary postwar vehicle for astute collectors to appreciate, enjoy, and preserve.