1937 Packard 115C Convertible Coupe
Series 115C. 100 bhp, 237 cu. in. L-head inline six-cylinder engine. Three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission. Independent front coil-spring and semi-elliptic rear spring suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.
- Offered from a 40 year ownership
- Rumble seat with trunk.
- Used, enjoyed and maintained as needed for the past 40 years
With its Fifteenth Series introduced in 1937, Packard offered its first six-cylinder car since 1927. Remarkably, the 100 horsepower 237 cubic inch L-head inline six-cylinder engine was capable of propelling the Packard Six down the highway at 100mph. Packard had entered the medium-price field in 1935 with its 120 model. Here is a six-cylinder version of what was essentially a 120. The Packard Six shared the same sheet metal and most of the mechanical components. With a 5-inch shorter wheelbase, the Packard Six has a shorter hood. The engine was basically a 120 Straight Eight less two cylinders. Less trim, and a blended interior fabric also helped differentiate it from the more powerful, larger 120.
This Packard is known as the best running and driving 1937 Packard 115C Convertible Coupe on the planet by many. It is owned and cared for the last 40 years by a well known 1937 Packard enthusiast. No squeaks, rattles or shakes. Complete mechanical including recent engine rebuild, wiring harness, etc. All options, including 4.09 rear and 31” tall rear tires, artillery wheels. A true 60 MPH cruising speed with remaining power to pass, but if you are in more of a hurry, drive a Lexus. a 1937 Packard 115c Convertible Coupe – fun time driver.
Some history and thoughts from the seller: On May 14, 1975, seller father purchased the car from Ellen Levernoch, widow of Ed Levernoch who we believe purchased the car in either late 1953 or January 1954. From 1975 to present this Packard has been known as “The Little Car” or “The Little Packard” within my family. This was because for many years, we also had a 39-120 convertible sedan which was, well, much larger. This is one of the best reasons to own/drive this car – it is not large, and does not feel large driving it. Most often driven with the top down, its really comfortable to zip around town, and park in about any space with ease. Anybody, and I mean anybody, can easily drive this car. My mother, now 80 years young, drives it as well as anyone. I have shocked many people by tossing them the keys and letting them drive the car. Many of my friends have had the car for extended periods. Its just a car, its fun, and is simple and reliable to drive.
First and foremost, this is an honest car. It has never been disassembled, neglected, wrecked, burned, flooded, rusted or otherwise mistreated. Everything except the added modern accurate temperature gauge and electric fuel pump is correct and authentic. Fully optioned with banjo wheel, deluxe heater, clock, artillery wheels, etc. The engine was completely rebuilt in 2002, and the radiator recored at that time. The car does NOT overheat. I was caught in horrible traffic on a hot August afternoon for almost 2 hours this past summer, 103 in the shade. DID NOT OVERHEAT. The car is fitted with a 4.09 ratio rear end and 31” tall rear tires. This allows for an honest, comfortable highway speed of 60-65mph. This is as good as it gets in Pre-War Packards not fitted with overdrive. The car was re-sprayed in 2011 or 2012, new runningboard mats at that time. Its a good paint job, not show winning, simply shiny and respectable. Added the artillery wheels and diamondback radials at that time, and rechromed the front and rear bumpers. New wiring harness. New Bill HIrsch top in 2016, upholstery was mostly re-done at that time, everything except the seat cushions, which were done a few years before. Black inserts are modern fabric; leather or vinyl gets dangerously hot in the Dallas sun. Rumbleseat is red vinyl, neat and orderly. Go ahead, step on it when getting in/out of the rumbleseat, you’re not gonna hurt it. A rumbleseat is really just for kids anyhow.
So why am I selling it? After 40 years of fun, I have another 37 convertible and I am in the mood for a different toy. Next owner…your Packard is ready.