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Here's a photo I took at an AACA meet in Tennessee in 1962. What body is this? Is it still with us?

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Here's a photo I took at an AACA meet in Tennessee in 1962. What body is this? Is it still with us?

Don

Very cool - I hope it's still around.

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Here's a photo I took at an AACA meet in Tennessee in 1962. What body is this? Is it still with us?

Don

That is an interesting car and undoubtedly very expensive when new and certainly custom. The landaulet town car was usually the most expensive body you could get, and was reserved for the very rich. I have only seen a few Packards with this body. One was either an 840 or 845 in Huntsville, AL in a big collection and needed a total restoration. I hope someone is doing that car. There are a handful of the 38/39 12 Brunns with this basic style body too.

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I believe Brunn built 25 of those bodies for the 1938/39 Packards. 12 one year & 13 the other. This body was also placed on Lincoln K chassis.

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There was also an open front version of this, and I don't know if those are included in that count. There were fewer done than the ones with just the open back. I don't know what his price is, but it is an interesting car that I would love to have. The problem is that no matter what his price is, the fact that two have sold for $240K proves that you will be upsidedown in this car in no time. On a side note - did someone let their teenage daughter pick a color? Wow.

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There was also an open front version of this, and I don't know if those are included in that count. There were fewer done than the ones with just the open back. I don't know what his price is, but it is an interesting car that I would love to have. The problem is that no matter what his price is, the fact that two have sold for $240K proves that you will be upsidedown in this car in no time. On a side note - did someone let their teenage daughter pick a color? Wow.

I agree - very cool car but expensive restoration.

If you follow the link he has a bunch more pictures. If I recall correctly this car was a barn find that RM auctioned off a few years ago. Believe it or not I think John has cleaned it up quite a bit.

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I know of one of these where the car is completely closed - not a towncar & not a laundelette. It has an all cloth interior.

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Here's a photo I took at an AACA meet in Tennessee in 1962. What body is this? Is it still with us? Don

Brunn body, on a 3-43 chassis. Rare car, rare photo - thanks for sharing!

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I know of one of these where the car is completely closed - not a towncar & not a laundelette. It has an all cloth interior.

I didn't realize they built a fully closed car - does it have a division window? I would guess not if it has an all cloth interior. Super 8 or 12? What shape is it in?

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I agree - very cool car but expensive restoration.

If you follow the link he has a bunch more pictures. If I recall correctly this car was a barn find that RM auctioned off a few years ago. Believe it or not I think John has cleaned it up quite a bit.

It looked familiar, I didn't know if John had purchased it then or if it didn't sell.

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Here's a photo I took at an AACA meet in Tennessee in 1962. What body is this? Is it still with us?

Don

This is a Brunn body on a Third Series Packard Eight 3-43 chassis. The story of the car and its restoration was written up in the "Antique Automobile" some years ago. The owner is a long-time member of AACA in Tennessee. At the present time, so far as anyone knows, this is the sole remaining example of a Brunn body on a Third Series Eight Packard chassis.

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It looked familiar, I didn't know if John had purchased it then or if it didn't sell.

He bought it at the auction.

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I didn't realize they built a fully closed car - does it have a division window? I would guess not if it has an all cloth interior. Super 8 or 12? What shape is it in?

I don't remember if it had a division or not. I think they're all Twelves. No such thing as a Super Eight Brunn Touring Cabriolet. It's in average original condition, similar shape to the green one posted above. It's been in the same family over 50 years and won't be for sale anytime soon.

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They are very nice looking cars. I think Kruse sold one at Hershey during their last auction a couple of years ago.

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Anyone want to take a stab at whose creations these were? Each appears to be a first series twin. The front fender on the car at right has that Fleetwood look, but I am not convinced the body is Fleetwood. The whole treatment of bonnet, cowl and windshield on each car makes me think these are of European origin.

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Sorry I haven't been posting as much on here, but my father had a stroke and I have been spending more time with him. This has been a fun and interesting thread and I am glad so many of you have posted both photos and comments. Please keep them coming! Thanks, Dave

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Dave, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he fully recovers. The car forums are a nice diversion but life gets in the way sometimes.

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Thanks AJ and West, I appreciate your thoughts and will pass them on to dad. He does a little better every day and has speech and physical therapy 3 days a week and I try to help him get his skills back. It is really scary to know how quickly you can lose abilities that you have had most of your life, but the doctors tell us that he should almost everything back. He is working hard and it sounds like he will continue to improve for a year. Hopefully he will be able to come to Hershey with me again this year.

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