1942 Packard 4×4 Ambulance: A Suitable Project on which to Toil for All Eternity

1942 henney packard ambulance 4x4 for saleYou don’t need to be a pre-war vehicle expert to immediately know a 1942 Packard is an incredibly stately vehicle. Subject of one of the best slogans ever, these were the pinnacle of American automobiles. Now, take that mental image and stretch it out to be an ambulance wagon. Now, lift it eight inches and convert to heavy-duty four-wheel-drive. Now, let all four tons of American Iron rot in the Arizona desert for a few decades. Welcome to today’s eBay find.

We’re looking at a Packard converted to ambulance duty by Henney, but where the 4×4 came from remains a mystery. The chassis and body are commercial duty models and the original paint appears to be olive drab. There’s no official documentation or record relating to how they got there. The axles look like the Marmon-Herrington units contemporary to fire truck and other conversions of the era. The seller does hint that many manufacturers submitted proposals for 4×4 car vehicles for staff car and ambulance duty (the Dodge WC ambulance won the contract), so maybe this is one of those. It comes with a spare straight-eight motor and trans and a body that needs complete restoration. Complete restoration on this beast could easily be measured in decades, to say nothing of the monetary sum.

Alternately, it could just be an early version of the redneck-favorite Trar. This is a tricky vehicle, as it might be incredibly rare and important, but then again might be a butchered, clapped-out shell. If it’s the later…that’s when we might start having discussions about Cummins 6BT swaps and diverging pretty far from pure restoration. What would you do with this thing?

1942 Henny-Packard Ambulance 4×4 for sale – eBay Motors

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  1. Alff Avatar

    This looks like the perfect vehicle to get divorced over.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Ah, Mother Russia.

  2. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    Too late for the Ghostbusters reboot?

  3. dukeisduke Avatar

    Man, if I’d only won the Powerball on Saturday night. This thing just screams, “AWESOME!” at the top of its lungs.

  4. longrooffan Avatar

    Saw this somewhere over the weekend and tried to figure out a longroof post on it. Couldn’t do it and I am glad as you did an excellent piece about it. You Rock.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Bring-a-Trailer with 38 partly enthusiastic comments:

      Mystery Wagon: 1942 Packard 8 Henney 4×4 Project

  5. Batshitbox Avatar

    The HVAC system… dear god that will take you most of the 2020s to sort out. If it was a hack job from the 50s, you could get away with putting a Rock-O-La juke box in there instead.

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