1940 Packard 180 Sunair Sedan by Rollson

by | Feb 18, 2017 | The Unseen Seen

This is one of two unique “Sunaire” Sedans built on speculation by Rollson Inc of New York City on the 1940 Packard 180 chassis. They were built to promote Rollson’s proprietary design for a sunroof car. GM allegedly copied the concept (but not the design) resulting in a few prewar LaSalles and Cadillacs being outfitted but the GM version was not very waterproof!  The GM cars were thus a design and a market failure and the Rollson version never went into production due to the poor publicity. Our subject car (pictured here), the “fast-back” version (1807-2017) has been in place since 1967. The car was substantially “de-skinned” for wood replacement, which was completed, but the restoration has been stalled for years.

A Rollson publicity photo of 1807-2017 in happier days taken on Washington Square in NYC.

The Rollson rendering of our subject car shows the sunroof to better advantage.

The 1940 “Notch-back” Packard Rollson Sunaire Sedan, also photographed on Washington Square. This car no longer exists (or does it?). Stay tuned to the “Unseen” Seen!

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