If you avoid pre-war collector classics because they are 'slow', then let this 1937 Packard 120 B teach you a lesson

What would you envision when presented with ownership of a 1936 Packard? The accelerative properties of wind erosion? The age-old styling of sandals? All the comfort of sex talk with your grandparents? Well, in this case anyway, you’d be wrong on all accounts.

While Packard’s nameplate was pulled from the marketplace in 1959, it’s no less an American automotive hero. Although defunct for six decades, the marque lives on within the collector car world for those with an appreciation for heritage. The demand remains strong enough for modern interpretations, too – such as this 1936 Packard 120 B with a difference. It’s wholeheartedly modern.

Gallery: 1937 Packard 120 B


Pulled into the contemporary era by Ideal Classic Cars, this premium slice of Americana sports a potent 350 cubic-inch V8 under the hood mated to Turbo-Hydramatic 400 transmission and a nine-inch rear end. Naturally, this provides significant gain in drivability over the original setup. You will no longer be beaten away from the lights by a diesel-powered wheelbarrow.

Further enhancements include a sleek and elegant Lokar shifter, power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning. The cabin oozes a blend of art deco styling and modern refinement, with plush leather fittings and front power-operated bucket seats. This is tasteful steampunk defined.

That V8 isn’t there purely for noise and consumption sake, either. Power is estimated at 350 horses, meaning that Packard’s imposing pre-war aesthetics now radiates enough clout to nail most modern cars. This is no Grandad wagon. Unless your Grandfather happens to be Van Helsing.

1936 Packard 120 B

More to the point, you’ve got the amenities of modern times wrapped up in universally admired styling. When behind that enormous steering wheel, gazing down the flowing hood towards the legendary Packard radiator ornament, we can promise you one thing. You’ll be grinning from ear to ear.

Nothing makes an automotive statement quite like old-school styling and modern drivetrain. Get a closer look at the 1936 Packard 120B here.