Billed as a “lightweight express Service Car at the local Packard Service Station” in the Hartford Courant newspaper where this photo first appeared, what we have here is very nicely done conversion that most likely first left the Packard works as a roadster, probably in 1924 or later. In those days, it was not unusual for an automobile agency to resurrect an older model car that had been damaged in an accident and modify it in their own shops for use in this capacity. Often, they would build their own tow truck as well, before such vehicles were widely available for purchase from outside suppliers.
The quality of the work we’ve seen in photos of these in the past runs the gamut from very crude to high class, and this example definitely falls into that latter category. Clearly, the fine appearance that it presents was the reason it was chosen to pose front and center in this publicity shot and carry the flag for the dealership on the streets of Hartford. We invite you, our readers, to chime in with any more information you might have regarding the year and specific model that you think this Packard might have been. Photo courtesy of Jerry Lettieri.