1. 1954 Packard Flower Car

  2. 1954 Packard Flower Car

  3. 1954 Packard Flower Car

  4. 1954 Packard Flower Car

  5. 1954 Packard Flower Car

  6. 1954 Packard Flower Car

  7. 1954 Packard Flower Car

  8. 1954 Packard Flower Car

  9. 1954 Packard Flower Car

Lot Number
Coachwork by Henney
1954 Packard Flower Car
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $30,000 - $50,000
CHASSIS NO: 54132153
• Well-documented history with restoration receipts
• Purchased new by CC Mellinger in Tacoma, WA
• Just 75,000 miles from new with fresh paint and chrome
• The last year Packard Henney commercial vehicles were produced
• Certainly, one of the last Packard Flower Cars ever built
• Powerful new eight-cylinder engine with four-barrel carburetor

359 cid inline eight-cylinder engine, 212 HP, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, front coil spring suspension, rear leaf springs, drum brakes; wheelbase: 156”

Carriage maker Jacob Henney came to Stephenson County, Illinois from his native Pennsylvania in the spring of 1848, but found the business climate not to his liking and returned to his family in Pennsylvania late in the year. A few years later, the Stephenson business climate had improved by 1854 and he finally established a carriage manufactory in nearby Cedarville, where he remained for the rest of his life. Fast forward 100 years later, and his descendants were still building modified professional cars, limousines, and specialty vehicles for the funeral industry. By the time this lovely Packard Henney flower car was built, they had over 100 years’ experience in carriage and coachbuilding.

The Henney professional cars like the hearse, ambulance, and flower car models were built in the ‘50s on the Packard 156-inch wheelbase commercial chassis, with the Patrician-style trim. In 1954, the last year of production, Henney upgraded to the Cavalier trim, and these flower cars are considered the most elegant of the decade. Since the professional cars were fully coachbuilt-to-order vehicles, built exclusively on Packard's commercial chassis, their trim levels and options were nearly endless. For 1954, the new 359-cubic-inch 9-main bearing, aluminum head 212 HP eight-cylinder engine was standard and featured a new four-barrel carburetor. 1954 was the first year to add a start-position to the ignition key - earlier years were started by a switch built into the carburetor which was actuated by depressing the accelerator pedal to the floor.

This lovely flower car was purchased new by the CC Mellinger Funeral Home in Tacoma, Washington. These were very valuable assets for a small to medium sized funeral home, as many caskets would arrive by plane in a “rough box”, so pick-up and delivery could be done as well as parade duties with Flower Cars such as this. The consignor found and obtained the car from a farmer’s estate sale in California in a unique way - he traded the daughter his brand-new pickup truck. The Packard had been regularly started and driven, but the paint and chrome required restoration, which was completed in 2014. Today, it is likely the only fully restored 1954 Flower Car known, and certainly one of a only handful built in the last year of Henney production.

The correct inline eight-cylinder engine pulls like a truck and, with the optional overdrive, is well-suited for both parade use as well as highway time. It has been immaculately cared for in a fine collection and is completely ready for your enjoyment. Certainly, one of the most unique Packards you’ll ever see, and one of the last ever produced, owning this Henney Flower Car is a ticket into nearly any auto event or parade you choose to enter. The original Maroon Mohair interior was optional, and is still in place up front, with clean carpets and the steel radio delete dash. The mirrors and glass are excellent, with that unique three-piece rear window directly in front of the stainless-steel display platform. Fresh Cotillion White paint covers the original body panels throughout, and all the large doors - all five of them - work great, including the unique radiused rear cargo door - the kind of thing you only see on a coachbuilt vehicle. The linoleum floor and cargo side panels were replaced during restoration, and all the ample chrome - both inside and out - was also completely redone and is stunning. Factory Order #60124 may very well be the very last Henney Flower car ever built, and a rare find today.

1954 Packard Flower Car
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