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Vignale Packard 120 Convertible 1948
Vignale Packard 120 Convertible 1948
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This car is the only Vignale-bodied Packard. Registered as a 1948, it is mounted on a 1939 One Twenty chassis. In 1948 Packard sent one of their car chassis to the Vignale coachbuilding company in Turin. The same year, this car was exhibited in Europe at many of the more prominent automobile salons. Although, Europe was poor and recovering from the war, Packard had hoped to gain more influence in Europe as an option for those who could afford more expensive cars. Likewise, many of the Italian design houses had hoped to gain business with the American car builders during this same time. At this time, America was wealthier than Europe and Americans had a seemingly unquenchable thirst for new and modernized cars.

In spite of the age of the chassis, the body was ahead of its time. The smooth sheetmetal of the exterior wraps under the car to the driveshaft tunnel, forming belly pans. The hood opens on either side or can be lifted off altogether, similar to a factory 1948 Packard. 


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