1941 Packard test
In 1941 Packard had several body styles in the 120 model line up, but aero coupe definitely wasn’t one of them. This example is all Norman. From dream, to design, to reality. Norman commissioned Rodney and Jake Queen, Queen’s Automotive Inc. in Macungie, PA to created this one of a kind masterpiece to his specification. And this is not just an artistic exercise of design, or some static show car, this Aero-coupe is 100% functional. From engine, to chassis, to modern amenities and comforts, this one runs, drives, stops and steers without hesitation in any of today’s traffic. Construction began with a solid, low mileage, 1941 Packard 120 four door sedan. The roof, quarters, front and rear doors, deck lid and rear body panel were discarded. The frame was shortened 12″ and completely boxed from front to back. Front suspension revolves around the original design and components, with modern upgrades like Wilwood 13.5″ 6 piston disc brakes, power steering, and a substantial sway bar. The 9″ Ford rear axle is suspended on a set of 2.5″ leaf springs, and has a posi-traction differential, 12″ 4 piston Wilwood disc brakes and an anti-sway bar. Motivation is also brought up to todays standards with a GM Performance 502/502hp crate engine and Edelbrock Pro-Flo fuel injection. A 700R4 automatic overdrive transmission handles the shifting.