1926 Packard Eight PhaetonSOLD
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Estimate: $60,000-$80,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$74,250 Sold

Specifications: 85bhp, 357.8 cu. in. inline L-head eight-cylinder engine, three-speed selective manual transmission, solid front and live rear axle with leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 143"

The Packard Eight offered here received custom bodywork from the Custom Automobile Body Company of New York. It was delivered new on July 15, 1926 by Park Avenue Packard to Mr. Hamilton Fish Webster of Newport, Rhode Island. Mr. Webster was reportedly very tall and enjoyed wearing top hats and, therefore, had his Packard built to suit his large stature. The car was presumably restored at some point in the early 1970s, before winning the National First Place award in 1975 from the Antique Automobile Club of America. It was purchased in 1997 by an individual in Jonesboro, Georgia before its final acquisition by the Wiseman Collection two years later.

Finished in two-tone light and dark green, with black fenders, the quality of the paint is very nice and indicative of the car ĺ s older, but very professional, restoration. The brightwork is likewise very presentable and impressive, despite negligible evidence of aging. The black canvas convertible top has no visible defects or imperfections and has held up very well. In fact, aging is only evident on the plastic rear windows, which, in comparison to the windshield and wind wings, are indicative of this Packard ĺ s older restoration.

As for the interior, the dark green leather upholstery and matching side panels have been fitted very nicely and are virtually free of flaws and imperfections. Wood has been used extensively throughout, from the refinished oak trim, which encompasses the passenger area, to the convertible top bows and steering wheel. Again, the overall impression is one of expert, albeit older, workmanship.

The engine compartment was restored and detailed some time ago, but has since suffered the consequences of time and possibly some road use. Finally, the frame rails and suspension and steering components are fairly clean throughout with no signs of grease or grime. Items and accessories of note include an ornate Packard mascot with Moto-Meter, dual cowl lights, two side-mounted spare tires with mirrors, wind wings, and a rear- mounted trunk, refinished in gloss black.

While many unique Packards continue to demand astronomical figures at auction, this particular Dual Cowl Phaeton is more modestly priced. Nevertheless, it continues to boast an equally impressive provenance alongside a very impressive, older, and award-winning restoration.

Reference Number 14926

as of 11/3/2007

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Car 1926 Packard Eight Phaeton
VIN 215342 
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