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1938 Packard Super Eight Coupe Roadster, Engine #A502095, Serial # 1119 2037.  



This 1938 Packard Super Eight Series 1604 Coupe Roadster is a well known car which has spent the bulk of its life in Cincinnati, Ohio area. One of about 75 coupe roadsters built in 1938, it is believed that this car was originally sold by the Citizens Motor Car Company in Cincinnati. In the 1950s, it served as “gate car” at the Lebanon Raceway. The car later found its way into the collection of the renown Packard restorer and collector Howard Rigg. Rigg owned the car for many years and used it as a well preserved, original “driver” before decided to embark in a frame off restoration. This was always a solid and well preserved authentic Packard. Sadly, Riggs passed away before the car was completed and in 2006, the coupe roadster was sold to its current owner who furthered the restoration process. With other cars in the works, the current owner has decided to sell this project.  


Chassis: Sandblasted to bare metal. No repairs needed. It has been epoxy primed and professionally finished in black urethane.  


Engine: Original engine # A502095 was completely rebuilt in 2008-2010 with new pistons (8:1 compression),  modified cam (.400 lift), valves, springs, insert bearings, con rods, gaskets etc. The engine was test run and sorted out on a dyno before being installed in the chassis. All of the ancillary items were rebuilt or replaced including the EE.23 Stromberg carb, distributor, water pump, fuel pump, starter, generator, alternator, oil cooler, oil filter canister with replaceable filters, re-machined manifolds, etc. A complete, new wiring kit is also included. 


Suspension/Steering: Completely disassembled, Rebuilt shocks, new rubber, disassembled and reconditioned springs, all new NOS shock links. Steering box rebuilt. 


Drivetrain: Transmission with complete rebuild NOS parts. Drive shaft balanced, new universal, rear end disassembled. Hi-speed rear end (4.06). New axle seals.  


Brakes: Full rebuild, brake cylinders, new lines, brake shoes, drums dressed. 


Exhaust: Stainless steel – new 


Cooling: Radiator has been flushed/cored, new correct cap, hoses and clamps.  


Wheels: Original wheels restored with new whitewall tires and proper hubcaps. 


Fuel system: Tank cleaned/coated, new fuel lines and locking gas cap. 



Since being reassembled, the chassis has been driven approximately 100 miles. The chassis is currently running and driving and has been effortlessly driven at speeds of 70 miles per hour. The chassis and drivetrain assembly is sorted out and ready to use. 


Body:  The body, fenders, hood, radiator shell, etc. have been mostly restored and are ready for final finishing and paint. The body was in excellent original and very solid condition thus requiring very little work. The majority of the wood is original with the exception of some smaller pieces which were professionally replaced. The doors have been aligned and fitted, windows fitted and adjusted, and the body has been test fitted to the chassis and properly shimmed as needed. There is a new rubber kit for the body. The running boards are restored with new rubber fitted. Most of the body components are in primer. This was a very solid car before the restoration. The car has dual side mounts with the correct full metal covers and a correct Packard rear luggage rack. 


Chrome- Most of the chrome has been professionally restored including the bumpers, radiator shutter assembly and numerous small parts.


Interior: The original dark blue leather seats and door panels are included. Matching new replacement Bill Hirsch dark blue leather hides are included and there is enough material for the body and rumble seat areas. The top frame assembly has been fitted and aligned to the body and windshield. 


Instrument Panel: The dashboard has been correctly restored and the gauges have been professionally rebuilt by John Wolf. The steering wheel has been correctly restored and the radio has also been rebuilt. 


Included with the car are its original keys and locks, some spare mechanical parts, correctly restored or replaced fasteners and hardware items (in bags and appropriately labeled), literature, reference manuals, photos of the car prior to restoration, etc.  


This is a very worthwhile project. All of the “heavy” work has been completed to extremely high standards. A great opportunity to own a desirable and very roadworthy open Packard at an affordable price. 




For more information and to schedule a viewing, please email directly at: motoringicons@hotmail.com or call 734-730-4274. 


Thank you.  

























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  • motoringicons changed the title to For Sale: 1938 Packard Series 1604 Super Eight Coupe Roadster

These are great driving cars, we have the same model and love it.  The center point steering makes it a pleasure to drive.


You picture the speedometer and the radio dial next to each other, just as they are in the dash.  I tell people that’s the “high speed” speedometer, since the other one isn’t as accurate from 55 to 150…..

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