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1948/49 Packard Ambulance

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Listing Information:

Year: 1948

Make: Packard

Make: Ambulance

Exterior: old paint

Interior: rough

Transmission: standard

Mileage: Unkown

Listing Contact:

Jim or Dave
573-763-5352
Location: Chamois, , MO 65024, USA

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1948/49 Packard Ambulance

Need total restoration

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Call Jim or Dave

573-763-5352

 

Vehicle is located at 5047 Hwy 100, Chamois, MO a town about 2 hours from St Louis. Ambulance is complete but hasn’t ran in years It’ll need a total restoration to get it on the road. Most parts can be found in the Salvage yards or from the new parts folks on my website.

A Little History

The Henney Packard Motor Company was located in Freeport, Illinois, employing over 300 workers in 1939. Henny started as a buggy in 1854 and started building  commercial vehicles and funeral in the late 1890s.

Henney introduced beaver-tail styling to their coach bodies in 1933. By 1934 they had abandoned assembly of their own chassis and were building on Cadillac, Lincoln, Oldsmobile, Packard and Pierce-Arrow chassis. Less expensive models were built primarily on Oldsmobile chassis during the mid-Thirties and were designated as Henney Progress coaches.  The Henny Arrowline was introduced in 1934 and was built exclusively on Pierce-Arrow chassis. Unfortunately, Pierce-Arrow went bankrupt during 1937-8, so Henney looked to Packard to furnish chassis for their high-priced coaches. By the end of 1935 Henney introduced the popular Henney 800 series that was built on a Packard 120A chassis.

By 1936 both Packard and General Motors were offering extended-wheelbase commercial chassis. The Packard chassis was based on their successful 120 Series while G.M.’s were offered by their Buick, Cadillac, LaSalle and Oldsmobile divisions. Consequently all Henney coaches were built on purpose-built Oldsmobile and Packard commercial chassis from 1936 onward.

Henney’s 1948 coaches were powered by a 160 hp straight-8 built on Packard’s new 158″ wheelbase commercial chassis.  They produced close to 2,000 coaches in 1948 and were once again the largest professional car manufacturer in the world. Ambulances, hearses and combination coaches were all available in either straight limousine styles or with a textured landau roof over the blanked-in rear quarter windows.  Combination coaches were only available as rear-loaders, but could be changed from a funeral coach to an ambulance by simply snapping in the ambulance badge on the inside of the rear quarter windows, unfolding the attendant’s jumpseat, and placing a removable Federal beacon on the roof.  Options  including air-conditioning, leveldraulic suspension and electric windows. Ambulances could be ordered with an illuminated roof-top “ambulance” sign and pod-shaped warning lights and a choice of sirens.

Henney continued it’s relationship with Packard until Packard cease all product after it’s 54 modles