The year 2018 kicks off with the Public Collector Car Auction & Show in Fort Lauderdale, Texas from January 5 to 7. It’s going to be a great auction, according to the catalogue, with lots of premium USA-cars, like Cadillacs, big Chryslers and the like.
Also in the catalogue is this Packard, which turns out to be a pretty rare one, since the bodywork was built in the Netherlands. This 1938 Packard Victoria Convertible is a six-cylinder four-seater convertible. The smart bodywork is built by coachbuilder Pennock of The Hague, Netherlands.
As it turns out, this car has been in an auction before. Last October, it on auction with Greensboro Auto Auction (GAA). However, it was not sold, the highest bid was USD 70,000.
The GAA-catalogue does, however, give us some more info on the car. And some better pictures too. Apparently, this car was built in the Netherlands for a Mr. M. de Groot in Driebergen. That, of course, explains the NL-tag on the back of the car.
We found a story on the Packard Club Forum that almost certainly is about this very same car.
According to the information the forum, this car has been imported in the Netherlands early in 1938. Apparently, the six-cylinder Packards were normally fitted with factory-built bodywork, so it is a rarity to find this model with a custom-built body.
Apparently, in 1959 the car was bought by a young Dutchman who used the car for making trips together with friends.
Coachbuilder Pennock was active from 1900 to 1953. They were relatively famous in the Netherlands for creating coachwork for cars like Delahaye, Lagonda, Austin, Minerva en Armstrong Siddeley. In the early 1950’s they built an Austin Sheerline to Queen Juliana.
The Packard that is to be auctioned in Fort Lauderdale, is in relatively good condition, according to the description in the catalogue. It is not known when exactly this car has come to the USA.