The 1937 to ’39 Packard “Darrin” models (1937 to’42) were designed by Howard “Dutch” Darrin and constructed on Packard 120 chassis’, first in Los Angeles and later in Hollywood. In essence, Darrin and his workers, who were experienced coachbuilders took a 120 business coupe and lowered the factory-built Packard radiator and shell, sectioned the hood sides, constructed a wooden-framed cowl and doors with the “Darrin Dip.” Clark Gable and other famous actors and individuals in show business purchased some of the first ones produced.
The 1938 to ’39 models were fitted with a cast aluminum cowl designed by Rudy Stoessel, one of Darrin’s talented coachbuilders, which was much stronger than the first wood and sheet metal cowls. Later in 1940, the “Darrin” was produced in limited numbers by Packard in Detroit on “Super Eight” chassis up until 1942.
This 1937 to ’39 Packard “Darrin” was photographed in 1940 with Gloria Lupton, the daughter of C. A. Lupton, who lived in the River Crest neighborhood of West Fort Worth, TX. It is not known if this car has survived. Note the faux side pipes installed on this Packard in the expandable image (below.)
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