1939 PACKARD 1701-A CUSTOM AMBULANCE - 43920 Sold* at Scottsdale 2007 - Lot #1544 1939 PACKARD 1701-A CUSTOM AMBULANCE https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/43920/43920_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #1544   1939 PACKARD 1701-A CUSTOM AMBULANCE
Auction Scottsdale 2007
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
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Lot 1544
Year 1939
Make PACKARD
Model 1701-A
Style CUSTOM AMBULANCE
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 1701A2688
Exterior Color DARK GREEN/CREAM
Interior Color EARTHTONE
Cylinders V8
Engine Size 350
Transmission 700 R4
Description
Lot #1544 - My understanding is that Brantford Coach and Body produced ambulances and hearses from 1930 to 1939. Production averaged 2 ambulances and 20 hearses per year, resulting in approximately 20-22 ambulances over a 10-year run. I have owned this car 25 years (4th owner) and, from all available information, believe it to be the only ambulance to have survived intact from the total production run. I did see a 1935 hood and Henney frame 20 years ago beside a barn, but the body was long gone, having been replaced with a Ford cab from a pickup truck. The car is original on the outside except for the winch on the front. The guiding phrase on the 5-year, 12,000 hour restoration and re-engineering was subtle elegance. As much of the original car was maintained as possible. Changes were approached from the point of view that, if a knowledgeable car person asks the question, "Is it or is it not original?", we had done our job in creating the illusion. The beginning of May 2005, I returned to Ontario, Canada, having completed a 5 1/2 month, 7,000 mile tour of the central and south eastern U.S. driving the Packard and towing a boat. This vehicle is literally a traffic stopping head turner, producing many smiles and thumbs up. At shows, it is looked at by more people, for a longer period of time, than any other present. If you appreciate the distinction of owning one of one in the world, this is your opportunity.
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