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 ~1954 Henney-Packard Senior 'Limousine-Style' 5493 Hearse~

SORRY, SOLD IMMEDIATELY TO A FUNERAL HOME

"The Body is Henney- The Chassis is Packard- The Combination is Exclusive"-
           Quote: CHIEF CEO: Henney Motor Co. (1954)
 
A beautiful Packard Senior 'Commercial Chassis' Hearse by The Henney Motor Company in original condition with 38,200 'actual mileage' title, soon to be restored. An excellent example of the very Last of The Packard Funeral Coaches as they closed their doors on Professional Car Production after this model. This 2-owner, Stately Beauty has been maintained, cared for and in admirable condition given it's 61 years of age. It is Model 5493 (order# 59982, designated 54th Series) on the Long Wheel Base 5413 chassis most likely built before the Spring of 1954. Only 205 SENIOR PACKARDS like this were made that year and it's considered, in the trade, the "Limousine Style"/ Endloader with the glass sidelights vs. the Closed Landau style. It carries the optional Chrome Wreath on the Side Panel.. Remember, back in the day, Packard's were one of the most respected LUXURY Automobile's on the road.  This was the 'popular' body style in 1953-54 used exclusively by Glendale, California's Forest Lawn Cemetery for famous Movie stars (as their tradition exposed the casket & commemorative flowers within the hearse).

It was designed by Richard Arbib, the forward thinking graduate
of Pratt Institute in 1939, who at 32 years old, was considered one of the True Visionaries in his field. Arbib developed many leading designs including, not only the famous "Advanced Contour"/ 'wrap-around side and rear windows' used on Packards but, the 1 piece Laminated Windshield, the Conservative Small Fins, Full Width Grille, and "Guideline Fenders" but, he was also responsible for Packard relinquishing their 'Bath Tub" style bodies from the 40's for a refreshing New Style. Additionally, he was the architect for the "Pan American" Concept Convertible, which won 1st Place at the International Motor Show in NYC in 1952. Further accomplishments were designing watches for Hamilton, Benrus & Gucci, as well as penning BENCHMARK Helicopter & Boat Designs. Including Century Boat Co.'s  Award Winning "Arabian" and "Coronado" models. Here's a little known factoid: He also dated Pinup (S&M) Model "Bettie Page" (see pix) in 1950, which had to be a eye-brow-raiser  for the ultra-conservative Packard Motor Car and Henney-Packard folks to accept...
or possibly admire :)

The Senior cars were available in 12 different versions from $7,150 up to $8,375 for the top-of-the-line 'Nu-3-Way' Landaulet equipped with the 'Electrdraulic' Power Casket Table. This same body configuration could have been used as a Combination style but, the Chrome side wreath was installed at it's inception, and it is reported, it was always used as a Funeral Coach at a Funeral Home in MD. It is gratefully equipped with the crank manual windows instead of the problematic Power Window option. Many of these were fitted with Interiors in Blue & Gray, Maroon & Gray, or Dark Green/ Light Green "Tolex" 2-tone Leatherette but, this coach was special ordered using the ONLY one-color option: Light Green & Antique White 'Tolex' Interior. The other Optional Fabric was 'Mohair' throughout in Burgundy & Gray, Blue & Gray, Rosewood & Gray and Green/Gray but, 61 years would have taken it's toll on that porous fabric so, by the owner not ordering this extra cost option, it turned out to be the Saving Grace on the original Interior of this Coach. This body style design was penned by Aribib to 'out size' the competition at 252 inches (21') in length while Superior measured in at 246", Miller at 245", S & S at 245" and Eureka at 246". The floor area of the Coffin Chamber is an amazing 112" while most of the competition measured in at 105" w/only one coach house close @110".

The only 'Pro-Car' Coach Builder on the Packard Commercial Chassis, Henney Motor Co. attempted to always outdo  the competition with a "Bigger is Better" Mentality yet, continuing the Image of Superior Quality, thusly adhering to PACKARD'S "Ask The Man Who Owns One" moniker. When the Henney Hearses hit the market they not only were substantially longer, lower and more graceful looking but, were 1 inch wider (3.25" lower then their own immediate predecessor models).  Coupled with Henney building the ill-fated "Super Wagon" in it's closing days (see pix of Station Wagon below) Packard developed the "Junior" Model Pro-car, with the concept of a 'little' Ambulance and Hearse. This proved to be their undoing. The 'Henney Jr.'  models , not unlike the later Cadillac '57 Brougham,
each SOLD at a huge loss, which provided a significant deficit of $152,961.22 t in income. In 1954, that would compute today into $1,080,496.00... which pretty much added to the Henney Motor Co.'s demise.
A former Industry Giant, since 1898, Henney Motor Co.
closed.
 
This Timeless Classis is 21' feet long and is powered by the 359 cubic inch Straight 8/212hp, 3-speed- with Overdrive Transmission, negating the choice of the optional, sluggish (problematic) "Ultramatic' Automatic Transmission, thereby giving it incredible Highway Performance. The 5.9 liter engine puts out 330 ft. lbs of torque @ 4,000 rpm vs. the same output claimed by Cadillac at 4400 rpm. This Coach
'drives like a dream'  in nearly noiseless operation befitting the Packard image. All engine work, brake upgrade, radiator replacement, servicing and tune-up was performed by a Packard Specialist in MD. with the Coach completing several 300-350 mile road trips since. We will now restore it (not to concours cond.) but, for Show or Fleet use including some new chrome, paintwork, tires, stainless restoration, engine bay and interior refurbishment . It is also equipped with new Wide Whitewalls, a Packard Radio (tube-type, not working/ probably repairable) and Power Antenna.  A fitting tribute to any quality, vintage Funeral Home- the Classic 1954 Henney-Packard Senior Funeral Coach. Priced at completion. 
 Sold to a Funeral Home

Our fact source: 'The Henney Motor Co'. by Tom McPherson, Wikipedia.com, Packard factory Brochures, the PCS #155 issue of  "The Professional Car", and McCalls' "American Funeral Vehicles ".

             
CEO RUSSELL FELDMAN'S HENNEY-PACKARD 1-OFF 'SUPER STATION WAGON' ~BEFORE & AFTER PHOTO~ FOREST LAWNS FLEET OF SIX HENNEY-PACKARD HEARSES & THE HENNEY 'PRO-CAR' EXHIBIT AT THE F.D.CONVENTION




BETTIE PAGE, PIN-UP MODEL 1950
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PHOTO'S ABOVE TAKEN AT PICKUP POINT BEFORE RESTORATION AND IMMEDIATELY ON ARRIVAL