1928 Packard Custom RacerSOLD
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Estimate: $40,000-$60,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$33,000 Sold

Series 526. 81bhp, 288.6 cu. in. L-head inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"

Packard ĺ s Fifth Series of 1928 would be the company ĺ s last six, until the low-priced 115-C of 1937. The fifth generation of the redesigned Single Six of 1922, it was built on two wheelbases, 126 and 133 inches, the latter for seven-passenger bodies and coachbuilt applications. Although joined by the Single Eight in 1924, the Six remained the best-seller in part because of its lower price.

This car in all probability began life as a Fifth Series six-cylinder Packard coupe or convertible. Its body removed, it was converted to custom configuration by fabrication of a short two-seat speedster body. The body terminates just aft of the seats, and a round fuel tank and metal trunk have been mounted behind, in functional fashion. Twin spare tires bring up the rear. The whole car, including the distinctive Packard disc wheels, has been painted a pleasing shade of red with an accent stripe down the beltline. Abbreviated cycle fenders have been fitted, and small step plates mounted to the underside of the chassis to facilitate entry and exit.

The paint has been professionally applied, and while not polished out, it retains a good surface finish. There are no signs of chips or other road damage. The exterior trim on the car, limited to bumpers, lights, mirrors and a flip-up MotoMeter, is all chrome plated and in good driving condition. Small racing-type windscreens are mounted to the top of the cowl. The seats are upholstered in red leather and the cockpit floor is fitted with red pile carpeting. The steering wheel shows some minor cracking, but is in good condition otherwise. The engine is painted in appropriate Packard green and is clean and free of significant grease and grime; the engine compartment is similarly well presented.

The car is painted with competition regalia. It competed in the 1987 Great American Race, a time-distance rally originating in Disneyland and finishing at Disney World in Florida. The car comes with detailed restoration photos and photographs of its participation in the Great Race. The purchaser will have a turn-key racer ready for many forms of vintage motor sport.

Reference Number 14985

as of 11/4/2007

Car 1928 Packard Custom Racer
VIN 128148 
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