1932 Packard Eight Custom SpeedsterSOLD
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Estimate: $60,000-$80,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$17,600 Sold

Specifications:
Series 833. 100bhp, 319.2 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, four-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: 134.5"

There are some names that will live forever in the history of the automobile. Although many are long gone, great names like Marmon, Duesenberg, Cunningham, and Stutz, still manage to conjure up images of grand automobiles. One name that would surely stand tall among the ghosts of the past is Packard. As a premier builder of some of the finest luxury cars America had to offer, the Packard name stood for quality and reliability that was unsurpassed and unequaled. Simply put, if style and elegance was desired, Packard stood ready to deliver.

In 1929, Packard chose to unveil its new models at New York ’ s Roosevelt Hotel, a grand setting that surely equaled Packard ’ s reputation. Featuring eight-cylinder engines in all of its cars, Packard ’ s Standard Eight in the Model 633 line stood ready to deliver with 90 horsepower contained in its L-Head eight cylinder engine. Riding on a 133.5 inch wheelbase, the Model 633 was available in several body styles that spoke directly of Packard ’ s commitment to covering the market for upscale luxury. Packard also began using chrome for its brightwork and disc wheels became standard.

In 1929, Packard chief engineer Jesse Vincent built a stunning boattail speedster on the chassis of a Series 626 Standard Eight. It attracted much attention and was soon put into production. The Speedster model continued into 1930 ’ s Seventh Series, when it was joined by four additional body styles. Production, however, remained limited, and fewer than 200 were built in two years.

The boattail became iconic, and replicas became irresistible- some better than others- but few exhibiting all the unique touches of genuine Speedsters. The construction of this 1931 example is clearly a case of inspiration rather than imitation, as the car is readily distinguishable from a factory boattail. Built on the chassis of an Eighth Series Standard Eight, it is identified with a Packard number that reveals its original body was a 5-passenger sedan.

The birch plywood body is adapted to the sedan ’ s “ A ” pillar, and the windshield from an open Packard fitted over the cowl. The body has been refinished, but has an uneven coloring. The interior is partially unfinished, the right door having no inner panel and a piece of carpet being loosely placed on the floor. The seats are nicely upholstered in brown leather, which also lines the left door.

The hood and fenders are painted in maroon, with light maroon accent on the hood louvers. The paint makes a good impression, but close examination reveals some signs of aging and there are a few nicks and scratches, mostly on the right front fender. Likewise, the brightwork shows signs of age, and the instrument panel suffers from a broken speedometer glass. The steering wheel shows wear and a number of cracks.

The engine has been repainted in Packard green, but could benefit from detailing. The undercarriage is basically unrestored. Although the car has dual side mount spares, only the spare wheels are in place, with no tires.

The odometer reads 73,548 miles, indicating that it has seen moderate use. This is a car to be used and enjoyed. Although the body modifications rule out serious concours competition, the car presents a striking appearance. Packards of this era are excellent for touring, for which this car would be ideal.

Reference Number 15003

as of 11/4/2007

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Car 1932 Packard Eight Custom Speedster
VIN 4634808 
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