By Bill Rothermel, SAH

Packard  experienced a long-standing romance with coachbuilder Henney.  Very literally, until finally its closing days, the Detroit producer and Henney collaborated on many specialist cars utilized as ambulances and funeral service automobiles.

Frank Childs of Jupiter, Fla., owns a distinct form of Henie Packard this one 1st owned by Olympic skater and actress Sonia Henie.  Henie was born to wealthy dad and mom — her father a furrier who inherited his household fortune — in Oslo, Norway on April 8, 1912.  She would go on to develop into a person of the most adorned figure skaters of all-time: three-time Olympic champion (1928-1932-1936), a 10-time globe winner (1927-1936) and a 6-time European winner (1931-1936).  Pursuing the 1936 Entire world Determine Skating Championships, Henie gave up her beginner standing and began her occupation as an actress. Soon thereafter, she moved to Hollywood, and with the enable of her father, was signed to a very long-term contract with Twentieth Century Fox Studios.  Over time, she became the maximum-compensated actresses of the period, even showing on the deal with of Time Journal in July 1939.  Henie died on Oct 12, 1969 at the age of 57.

Henie requested her Balboa Blue LeBaron Sports activities Sedan from the infamous Earl B. Anthony dealership in Los Angeles, California.  Inspite of staying built by LeBaron, the car was basically integrated in Packard’s typical catalog offerings.  It was component of Packard’s Nineteenth Series, which debuted on Sept. 16, 1940.  Most noteworthy for its new versions which Packard just promoted as “The Class of 1941,” were being headlights integrated into the front fenders.  The marque lastly caught up to the relaxation of the industry with this uncomplicated transform.  A reduction in the dimension of the wheels to 15 inches made the cars sit lower and together with the removing of the now optional managing boards, extra to the sleeker look. Super 8 versions have been also 5 inches for a longer period than past many thanks to the new front finish and grille. Change indicators turned typical for the 1st time, as did hydraulic power-operated windows on collection Just one-Eighty closed bodies.  Packard’s optional “Weather Conditioner” (it was the to start with producer to provide air conditioning in 1940) was available for $1,080.00 additional.

The LeBaron Athletics Sedan, overall body design and style #1452, was new to the Packard lineup for 1941.  Section of the Super 8 Sequence, it was in a sense a alternative for the previous Club Sedan, which was discontinued.  Built only on the Super Eight 138-inch wheelbase, the limited generation product was priced at $3,545.00 prior to options, really realistic taking into consideration it was a semi-personalized auto.  LeBaron was now part of Briggs Human body Firm, the inclusion in a more substantial problem, potentially the rationale for the palatable price.

Ability is presented by a 356-cid, 160-hp straight 8 that Packard provided with a choice of its Electromatic transmission or 3-velocity handbook gearbox.  The semi-automatic was new for 1941, nevertheless it was acknowledged to be rather troublesome.  The exclusive Packard weighed in at 4,450 lbs.

According to Childs, his car is #2 of just 99 generated for the 1941 model 12 months out of a complete of just 930 Senior Just one Eighty Packards for 1941.  The Henie motor vehicle athletics an upgraded “Riviera” interior which Henie specified together with fender skirts, K steering wheel, radio, and underseat heater.  Childs additional notes that on or about the manufacturing of vehicle #49 or 50, jogging adjustments incorporated the addition of a pan amongst the front bumper and grille as properly as the LeBaron script on each aspect of the car or truck.  His auto has the pan in between the human body and the rear bumper, but the entrance pan was a afterwards addition.

The motor vehicle was in rough ailment prior to restoration.  Childs owned the car or truck for about two years when he contracted with Harbor Car Restoration of Rockledge, Fla.  There the car or truck underwent a three-calendar year restoration to its current pristine problem.  It has traveled fewer than 100 miles because acquiring a new lease on existence.  It was honored with a 2nd place Ideal of Exhibit at the 2009 Lake Mirror Concours its AACA Initially Junior at Homestead, Fla and a 2nd in course award at the 2010 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance.  The Packard was also invited to go to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. No make any difference which way you spell it, this is a person excellent “Henie” Packard.


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