1931 Packard DeLuxe Eight RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $150,000-$200,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $159,500

Model 840, 120bhp, 384.8 cu. in. L-head eight-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 140.5"

Packard Motor Car Company introduced its Eighth Series cars on August 14, 1930. Manifolds and valves from 1930 ’ s Speedster engine had been adopted across the board, resulting in a horsepower boost to 100 for the 319.2 cubic inch Standard Eight, and 120 on the 384.8 cubic inch Deluxe models. Discontinuation of the Speedster left the Roadster as the most sporting model; in the Deluxe 840 line, this was a rumble seat model using a Style 472 Packard-built body.

Meanwhile, the deepening Depression took its toll. While more than 6,000 Deluxe Eights had been produced in the 1930 model year, a scant 2,016 were built for 1931, nearly three quarters of them before the end of calendar 1930. Sales, however, could not keep up with supply. When the more streamlined Ninth Series 1932 models were introduced in June 1931, the factory began producing kits to update unsold 1931s to the new look to help dealers reduce inventories.

The current owner purchased this car from John Mozart in 1994, at which time the odometer showed 14,565 miles. Mozart had acquired it from the Imperial Palace, which had in turn bought it from the McGowan brothers of Branford, Connecticut. The McGowans obtained it in 1979 from H. Ross Strohecker of New Castle, Pennsylvania, who bought it in 1945.

The car was delivered on February 23, 1931, reportedly through a dealer in Wheeling, West Virginia. At some point it received a 1932-style grille, horns and bumpers, the dealer-installed modifications Packard made available to update the appearance of 1931 cars. One account places it with the Mellon family, who also owned a Packard coupe of the same vintage.

The McGowans gave the car a complete restoration; their initials are still on its doors. The current owner had the engine and transmission overhauled in 1996-97. The carburetor has recently been replaced with a cast bronze reproduction unit. In 2004, the differential was converted to high-speed gears for long-distance touring. The speedometer has been converted to metric gearing, and presently shows 30,700 kilometers (19,187 miles). Re- conversion to miles would be a simple matter. An electric fuel pump has been added in series with the original mechanical unit.

The car comes complete with its original trunk, mounted on the luggage rack, a chrome stone guard (not presently installed), Optima battery and a single Pilot Ray driving lamp that turns with the front wheels. It has a tailor-made car cover for storage, and a canvas top, side curtains and full cockpit cover. When not in use, it has been stored in a humidity-controlled garage.

Rallied extensively in France, Germany and Switzerland, it participated in the 1998 FIVA Paris-Reims-Burgundy- Orleans-Paris rally. In 2003, it received a first prize at the Concours d ’ Elegance at the Raid Basel – Paris, where it was judged both before and during a circuitous tour through Basel.

It has attended many meetings of the Swiss Packard Club, has full Swiss papers and is registered in Switzerland as a Veteran Car. All duties and taxes have been paid in Switzerland, and it is FIVA-registered. It is an excellent example of a well-restored and cared-for car restored to original condition. Although the exterior restoration is some 20 years old, the car looks and feels new and will delight its next owner.

Reference Number 11240

as of 7/14/2007

Car 1931 Packard DeLuxe Eight Roadster
VIN 188801 
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