While most luxury cars were using a V8 or, in some cases, a VI2, Packard shunned these for its junior car, the 6/110, the name of which denoted six Cylinders and 110bhp (82kW). Packard customers expected smooth, silent and ultra-refined engines, and the 110 still met those requirements whilst being less punchy than the V8 cars. The cars were designed to be luxurious rather than lightweight or sporting, hence most of the time a few extra pounds here or there didn't matter. However, in the case of the X-braces chassis, the crossmember was drilled to save weight. At the front the car was hi-tech for the time, as it had an independent double wishbone set-up with coil springs which gave an excellent ride quality. The rear consisted of a live axle on two longitudinal leaf springs. Other useful extras were air-conditioning, an overdrive gearbox and electrical windshield wipers.
Packard 6/110 (1940) Specifications
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