Packards for 1946 and 1947 were virtually identical except for model numbers. Packard decided on the 1941 Clipper design by Dutch Darrin for the post war models. The Senior Series pre-war model dies were sold to the Soviet Union at the request of the U.S. Government.
The 1941 Clipper design had to suffice until a re-design could be done for the 1948 model run. Packard was harassed with short steel supplies in 1946 falling short of the projected sales of 200,000 units for each year after the war. Packard production for 1946 and 1947 was only 80,000 units, far short of their goal.