Packard introduced a series of three distinctly different body styles late in 1939. These body styles were created by the noted California designer “Dutch” Darrin and became instant sensations. Built in very limited quantities, these bodies were designed with independent pontoon style fenders, reverse opening or “suicide” style doors, and v-shaped windshields with a dramatic rearward rake. The three body styles consisted of a convertible Victoria, a convertible sedan, and an enclosed four door sedan. These Darrin designed Packards were built from 1938 until 1942 and are the most sought after of all Packards.
This example, built in 1939, is likely one of the first Darrin-bodied Packards produced.