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April 12, 2023

The Amazing 1941 Packard 90 Eight-Door Open Top Tour Bus

This Packard 90 is one of twelve airport limousines that were manufactured in the early 1940s. It is a Packard 90 that was modified to hold 12 passengers. The car has four-doors on each side, and the top is open and uses a canvas top to seal off the cab. The overall length of the car is 22-ft and the wheelbase is 18-ft. The engine is a 356-cid inline eight cylinder engine.

Smoky Mountain Tours (SMT) of Asheville, North Carolina bought this from Packard in 1941. Except for the WWII years it was operated by SMT through their 1955 season. It was the newest vintage Packard bus operated by SMT and the last to be in service by SMT.

Smoky Mountain Tours had an interesting variety of stretched-out Packards, some up to 17-passengers that had a 3rd ‘pony’ axle mounted on a turntable to hold up the rear end. They also installed a retractable roof and used the car for their sightseeing fleet. The car was then numbered 25 and was used until the company closed in 1970.


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