1937 PACKARD ROLLSTON PHAETON, Model 1502
Six body styles of Model 1502 were offered in 1937, but only three Phaetons were produced. There are just two of them left, and the Boothbay Railway Village is honored to have one of them.
This significant classic Phaeton has a custom body by Rollston Coach builders of New York – seats seven passengers with two auxiliary seats riding forward. The interior leather seats were made to match the Ditzler’s Ardsley Green of the body, it is appointed with two folding arm rests, and side pockets on all of the doors.
A Fifteenth Series Super Eight, it has: 130 bhp, 320 cu. In., L-head main bearing inline eight-cylinder engine with three speed synchromesh transmission, coil spring independent front suspension and leaf spring live hypoid rar axle with four-wheel hydraulic brakes with centrifuse drums. There is a 30 degree slant to the radiator and the wheelbase is 139”.
Many consider the Packard’s Super Eight and Twelve cars from the mid to late thirties to be the finest automobiles ever produced by Packard Motor Company of Detroit, Michigan. Certainly it is true that the senior cars represented the end of an era – never again would Packard offer the exceptional quality of a handbuilt senior car.