Plush Plaid: 1948 Packard Station Sedan – STILL $45,000

by | Jun 2022 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

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June 17, 2022 Update – The private seller just replaced their second expiring listing with a fresh Craigslist ad. In it, the description, pictures, and asking price of $45,000 all remain the same.

May 1, 2022 Update – The private seller just replaced their expiring listing with a fresh Craigslist ad. In it, the description, pictures, and asking price of $45,000 all remain the same.

Desperately trying to remain relevant immediately following World War II, independent upscale car maker Packard launched their Station Sedan for the 1948 model year. Despite being more innovative than traditional Woody station wagons of the day, Packard’s offered enjoyed limited success with less than four thousand produced during its three model year run. This restored dark green over plaid 1948 example currently listed here on Craigslist in Benson, Arizona (Tuscon) appears to be only one of a handful likely left in this condition.

Currently offered for $45,000, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Packard priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $28,700 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $46,300.  Similarly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $33,500 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $50,500.

Packard offered its wood-clad Station Sedan was a pseudo luxury station wagon model between 1948 and 1950, using the Packard Eight platform. By offering the Station Sedan Packard could market a vehicle with station wagon attributes but without the investment cost associated with a complete station wagon development program.

The Station Sedan used a combination of steel framing and body parts along with structural wood panels made from northern birch to create a “woody” station wagon-like car due to their growing popularity of them after World War II. Unlike other woody wagons of the day, which used wooden passenger compartments mounted to the chassis of a particular car, the Station Sedan used a steel subframe and steel passenger doors onto which hardwood panels were mounted. The only wooden door on the vehicle was the rear gate assembly.  Unlike competitor station wagons from Buick, Chrysler, and Mercury, the Packard’s length was not long enough to accommodate optional third-row seating.

Neither a sedan, nor a true station wagon, the Station Sedan enjoyed limited success, with a listed retail price of US$3,459 ($37,207 in 2020 dollars) for its final year of 1950, and was discontinued when the 1951 Packard models were introduced.

The Matt’s Car Videos YouTube Channel features this 1948 Packard sale training film:

The biggest decision you have to make about buying this 1954 Series 62 Cadillac convertible is whether you want to keep the vintage teardrop trailer offered for $12,500 with the car for an additional $12,500.

If you are serious about buying this Packard, you can start the conversation by calling Greg at (970) 985-1633.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Woody Wagon featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“The exterior features two-toned wood paneling in good condition, complemented by green fenders and hood. The 288ci straight-8 engine was rebuilt. Starts easily and runs butter smooth. The engine is paired with a 3-speed manual transmission. The interior is finished in red and green plaid, providing beautiful contrast to the wood trim. The engine bay is tidy with long straight 8 Packard power.
Very rare find…..Between the years 1948-1950, there was only a total of 3,864 made. Only a handful are probably left.”

Do you have a 1948 Packard Standard Eight story to share?  If so, comment below and let us know!

  1. Anonymous

    I would love to take the wood panels off of the sides and retain the wood cabin superstructure, and of course, the beautiful wood interior. Driving this thing must be like driving inside a small summer cottage off in the north woods, plaid a woolies and all. Handsome, massive car!

  2. Tom johnston

    Years ago, I restored a Packard Station Sedan. My dad was a carpenter and did a superb job of replacing and restoring all the beech hardwoods. We did not know how to restore the steel panels that looked like real wood. We were very lucky to find an elderly retired Packard craftsman who would be honored to restore the panels. His price was a cold case of beer. The panels were removed, sanded down with primer applied. He than hand painted them in a dark brown enamel. We than sat and drank the cold beer while the paint dried. It took a while, his stories about his work at Packard were enlightening and time flew by. He than applied a much lighter wood colored enamel. We had some more beer. As it started to set, he took a scrunched up piece of the local newspaper and ran it in a wavy horizontal swipe across the still undried paint. The result was amazing. You would swear it was real wood. He was and we were so happy with the end results. Looked like real wood. He than told us he did his best work with a cold beer. Our nickname for the car was , “ The Beer-wagon “


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