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25 July 2015

The Richard & Linda Kughn Collection

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Lot 106

1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper Seven-Passenger Sedan by Henney

  • Vehicle no. 2151-3026

$30,000 - $40,000


Series 2126. 165 bhp, 356 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with Econo-Drive overdrive, independent front suspension with semi-elliptical rear springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 148 in.

  • Offered from the collection of Richard and Linda Kughn
  • The original American “stretch” limousine
  • Remarkably rare and seldom offered for sale
  • CCCA Full Classic


Packard had a leg up on most of its Detroit competition after World War II. Like most manufacturers, it was forced to begin post-war production with a revised version of a pre-war design, which would remain in the offering for three years while a fully “new” car was being developed. Unlike others, however, Packard had the Clipper, which was a new model that had been designed with the input of legendary stylist Howard “Dutch” Darrin and was first introduced in 1941. It was a competitor of the Cadillac Series 60 Special in the new category of owner-driven luxury sedans, as it successfully combined sporty, modern “torpedo” design with traditional Packard luxury and engineering excellence. It looked just as fresh in 1946 as it had in 1941.

For that year, Packard redesigned its entire line around the Clipper, even extending it to its top-of-the-line seven-passenger sedan and limousine. These models were built on an extended 148-inch wheelbase chassis by the Henney Motor Company, of Freeport, Illinois, Packard’s long-serving builder of ambulances and limousines. Henney’s reputation for craftsmanship was legendary, and these cars, essentially the first modern “stretch” limousines, were built with the same care and quality as any coachbuilt automobile, continuing the pre-war tradition begun by Rollston, LeBaron, and others. They were beautifully finished with the finest materials, including beautiful broadcloth upholstery, Mosstred carpeting, and Art Moderne wood-grain and Bakelite trim.

Production of the seven-passenger models was extraordinarily low, and survivors are prized by collectors, not least because they are among the final Packards recognized as Full Classics by the Classic Car Club of America.

This Seven-Passenger Sedan still wears its original firewall tag, identifying it as having been delivered new by Sewickley Sales and Service, located at the corner of Ohio River Road and Chestnut Street in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, on May 29, 1947. For the past several years, it has been part of Mr. and Mrs. Kughn’s collection. This Sedan is finished in Packard Blue and Lowell Gray with a correct broadcloth interior, and most of the chrome trim and interior wood graining is original, as are the finishes under the hood. Overall, the car presents as a good-quality driver, with 60,546 miles that may well be actual mileage from new. It is equipped with chrome wheel covers, folding jump seats, working courtesy lights, a heater, and a radio that can be controlled from both the front and rear seats.

This very rare and special Packard would be an ideal choice for a CARavan or for simply chauffeuring loved ones on special occasions, as it was designed for use by family and friends.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more