HomePick of the DayPick of the Day: 1949 Packard Super Eight in unique roadster trim

Pick of the Day: 1949 Packard Super Eight in unique roadster trim

The custom tub has been shorn of top and windows to create an unusual show car


OK, it’s true – I dig old cars that look like inverted bathtubs.  The Pick of the Day, a custom 1949 Packard Super Eight roadster, is a perfect example.

And yes, you read that right.  This Packard is an actual roadster, not a convertible, built for warm, sunny days without any threat of rain or snow.


“This car was restored about 15-20 years ago …  and used exclusively as a parade/touring car, as there is no convertible top nor any windows,” says the seller, a Stanley, Wisconsin, dealer advertising the Packard on ClassicCars.com. “This is a fair weather only car, for sure.”

The photos with the ad show the Packard parked on a snowy lot, which is not where you’d expect to find it.  But the many pictures also show how very straight, clean and well-painted the body is on this unusual car.

“This rare ‘upside-down bathtub’ … features a gorgeous paint job, body work and like-new chrome,” the seller notes.

Too bad, though, that pictures of the interior and engine compartment are not included – some of the pictures show glimpses of the tan leather upholstery, which looks very nice contrasting with the classic maroon paint job.

The bird on the hood is a cormorant, by the way

The Packard is powered by its original 327cid straight-8, which is a sturdy and smooth-running engine, and the car has been updated with a 12-volt electrical system, electric fuel pump and auxiliary engine-cooling fan.”

“Runs and drives real well, all gauges, lights and horn in good working order,” the ad says. “Recent services include spark plugs, points, battery, oil/filter and rebuilt carb.”

One item that needs attention before driving the Packard regards the tires, which are too old to be safe, the seller says, adding that the car needs real whitewall tires instead of the faux “Portawall” inserts that are on there now.

While this Packard is most-certainly attractive in its unique configuration, it would have some practical limitations.   A special owner is needed to appreciate this fair-weather friend, presumably someone who lives in a mild climate, as opposed to, say, Wisconsin.

The asking price is $34,950.

 To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. The valuable vehicles, old stars of post wwll are delightful reminders to kids then driving by in the back seat of dad’s 36 Ford


  3. Daniel + Espinosa, I bet when you were in school & the teacher gave the class a test with specific instructions to read all directions that you raced through it thinking how easy it was & you were the first to finish answering all the questions only to have the teacher give you an “F”. As the directions clearly stated “ you only have to sign your name to pass the test”!

  4. Hmmm… Did it NEED the vent windows? Was it stying or for cigarette smokers,or..ventilation? I think I would have veto’d them on G.P. i.e. NO WINDOWS..


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