Roamin Angels Corner: Ask the man who owns one |

Roamin Angels Corner: Ask the man who owns one

Packard was so confident of the luxury and quality of their cars that

their motto was “Ask the man who owns one.” Ask Ken Mann about his 1940

Packard One-Twenty convertible sedan (one of six surviving out of 292

made) and he will wax eloquent about how great Packards were and are.

His parents owned Packards when he was young and he had wanted one for many years. He found this one on the Internet and went to Minneapolis,

MN, cashier’s check in hand, to buy it. Sitting on a 127″ wheelbase (the

monster Chevy Suburban is only 3″ longer), it is a large, impressive

car. Its 282 CID straight-8 engine puts out 120 horsepower, this from a

time when Ford’s hot V-8 was rated at 85 horsepower. True, Ford’s

lighter weight made it quicker off the line, but in those pre-Muscle Car

days the cars with highest top speed were the big cars like Packard,

Cadillac and Lincoln. And they did it with quiet elegance. So when you

see Roamin Angel Ken Mann with his partner Sylvia Crane cruising along

cradled in green leather comfort, he’s enjoying it. Just ask him.

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