1927 Packard Speedster SpecialSOLD
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Estimate: $65,000-$95,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $75,900

Specifications: Est. 150bhp, 385 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, high compression pistons and twin Zenith 48mm carburetors, three-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle with replica Houdaille shock absorbers, hydraulic 500mm drum brakes. Wheelbase: 3,330mm (131.1")

And now for something completely different… While Henry Ford was producing cars that sold for $440, Packard concentrated on the opposite end of the market with its highly exclusive models starting at $2,600 – a king ’ s ransom in the 1920s. Packards of the prewar era became legendary, with a following developed not only in the United States, but also around the world with many shipped to heads of state.

This charismatic special was built in 2004 on a 1927 limo chassis and drive train by the esteemed Argentine coachbuilder Rodolfo Iriarte of Buenos Aires. Also a respected architect, Iriarte is among the foremost of contemporary coachbuilders, bringing a retrospective design sensibility to his work, executed with a brand of old- world craftsmanship virtually unknown in other quarters. He is perhaps most celebrated for his stunning recreations of Delahaye 135 MS Le Mans cars.

The original Packard was found abandoned in a scrap yard by the owner, a prominent Argentine fashion designer and well-known car collector. He directed Iriarte to restore its fundamentals while adhering to a strictly minimalist style for the bodywork in tribute to the racing speedsters of the teens and twenties. But this is no mere stripper, it ’ s been redeveloped and finished to the highest levels of functional panache, reflecting the owner ’ s personal aesthetic which suggests both power and elegance.

The result is a stunning statement of the designer ’ s vision and coachbuilder ’ s art. Tipping the scales at half the weight of the original car, this special has already proven itself capable of completing the Mil Millas (Mille Miglia of Argentina) in 2005 with speeds clocked in excess of 160kph (100mph). Still mechanically and visually sharp, it is ready for its next touring event here in the States or anywhere else that great roads beckon and a striking entrance is required!

Please note that this vehicle is a race car and therefore offered on a Bill of Sale.

Reference Number 11623

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1927 Packard Speedster Special
VIN F1J059 
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