Evaluation: Fully restored 15 years and 2000 miles ago. Two large chips in the hood and long scrape on the right front fender but mostly very good paint and chrome. The varnish on the wood is coming up and cracking in a few places, and some of the wood panels don’t fit flush with the body. Very clean underneath and very good interior. Uneven gaps, but they’re rarely perfect on these cars. Forgivable flaws given the age, but you wouldn’t put this car in a serious show and expect to take home a trophy.
Bottom Line: The station sedan is a rare oddball from Packard’s immediate postwar years. Neither a true sedan nor a full woody station wagon, it mostly uses wood panels that are simply fixed to the doors, although the rear hatch is full wood. It was discontinued when Packard’s restyled 1951 line was introduced. This is a realistic price for a solid one. It’s also quite a bit of car for the money since, according to the invoices, the restoration cost well into six figures but still has life left in it.