• One of just 24 Series 1507 Coupes built for 1937
• Classic Packard elegance with modern reliability
• Vintage air-conditioning
• Ready to tour and enjoy
454 cid V-8 GM crate engine rated at approximate 450 HP, GM 700 R transmission with overdrive, Chevrolet Silverado independent front suspension with disc brakes; wheelbase: 139"
The classic lines of Packard’s cars are never lost in the art of the automobile. Graceful and sweeping fenders, long hoods, and enough chrome to build another car are always found on a Packard from the Classic Era. Although these fine cars certainly needed no improvement, the wonders of modern technology do have a place in such a car. Thus is the case with this beautiful interpretation of Packard’s Series 1507 Coupe from 1937. While its classic lines are unaltered, power comes from a perfectly placed 454 cubic-inch Chevrolet V-8 that surely makes this the fastest 1937 Packard on the road.
This Series 1507 Coupe is one of just 24 built for 1937 and most likely the only example restored with modern updates. Finished in the lovely color of Cherry Kiss Cocktail, it was painted by Ron Gorell of Blaine, Minnesota. Gorell’s work is known for his cars that have been featured regularly at the Detroit Autorama. Packard’s bold and beautiful design was not altered in this build, as it appears stock from all angles. All Packards for 1937 featured a swept back radiator grille that was flanked by two long bullet shaped headlamps. This Packard also has a pair of Trippe lights and it also features Packard’s elegant Cormorant mascot. Steel covered dual side-mounted spare tires, a golf club door, and a driver's side spotlight makes for a dashing appearance. At the rear, this Packard has a large accessory trunk that has ample room for extended touring. The dramatic length of this Packard is also nicely set off by a set of wide whitewall tires with color keyed rims, beauty rings, and Packard hubcaps. Indeed, the elegant and formal appearance of this Packard coupe was not altered in upgrading it to a performance-built car for the open road. While the beauty of this fine Packard speaks for itself, the real magic is found under the hood with a 454 cubic-inch Chevrolet V-8 crate engine that generates over 450 horsepower. Muscle reaches the rear wheels through a GM 700R transmission with overdrive. A nine-inch Ford rear end puts all of the power on the road and this could be the only Packard in the world that can smoke its tires from a stand still. The engine compartment is neat and tidy with all mechanicals properly sorted. Handling is vastly improved with front suspension from a Chevrolet Silverado with disc brakes installed for better stopping power. Despite the suspension improvements, the supreme look and stance of this Packard is level and straight across its 139-inch wheelbase. On the inside, the beautiful craftsmanship of this build is clearly evident in the fine upholstery with tan leather that looks splendid. Packard’s large and stylish steering wheel looms large in an interior complete with fine gauges that sparkle with a jewel-like appearance. The original radio has been restored with satellite capability and the environmentals have been updated with vintage air-conditioning, while the heater is from the Chicago Heater Company with a Juke Box Heater Case. The care and precision taken in restoring the interior of this fine car makes it just as nice on the inside as it is on the outside.
A Packard from any era holds a special place, but this Series 1507 Coupe takes the game one step further with a modern and powerful drivetrain that offers complete reliability for touring of any distance. That a Packard would carry such a powerful engine would have been no surprise to the company’s Chief Performance Engineer, Jesse Vincent, who built the Model 734 Speedster in 1930 with an astounding 125 horsepower inline eight. One can only wonder what Vincent would think today of a 1507 that still possesses the grace and elegance of Packard and also has 450 horsepower; surely he would approve.
1937 Packard 1507 RestoMod Coupe