1933 Packard Eight Convertible VictoriaSOLD
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Estimate: $125,000-$150,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$99,000 Sold

Model 1002, 130bhp, 320 cu. in. L-head nine main bearing inline eight-cylinder engine with three speed synchromesh transmission, four wheel vacuum assisted mechanical brakes, leaf spring front suspension, and live hypoid rear axle. Wheelbase: 134"

The Depression had a tremendous impact on fine car makers in North America, reducing sales to a fraction of what they were in the early 1920s. In fact, from 1929 to 1933, Packard production dropped by nearly half each year when compared with the previous. In spite of slipping sales, Packard continued to make improvements each year and as a result, the company was able to maintain a hold on its market share.

The tenth series, introduced in January 1933, was no exception. New X braced frames were introduced, along with driver adjustable power brakes, downdraft carburetion, automatic chokes, and dual coil ignition. Styling was also updated, with smart new skirted fenders, and a vee-shaped radiator shell borrowed from the 1932 Twin Six. This design element was mirrored in the framing of the headlights and fender lights. Inside, a new aircraft- inspired dash presented itself like a jeweled work of art, surrounded by rich burled trim.

The tenth and eleventh series cars are often considered to be the ultimate classic era Packards. They were the last cars with the classic swept fender lines before the advent of the streamlined look. The 1933 Packard Eight Convertible Victoria offered here in red with cream colored pin striping was acquired by Mr. Wiseman from a Georgia collector in 1999.

Having been restored some time ago, the condition of the paint is quite nice when viewed from a distance, however close inspection reveals uniform cracking on most surfaces. The condition of the brightwork is a step above the paint, as it maintains a presentable appearance with only slight signs of ageing. The tan canvas top with maroon piping was properly fitted at the time of restoration and remains free of any noticeable faults or defects.

The interior upholstery is a dark shade of red leather; it displays a patina appropriate to its age, yet is without noticeable flaws or imperfections. The instrument panel is in similar condition, showing only slight signs of fading.

The engine compartment is clean and relatively free of any dirt or grime, although there are some surfaces showing oxidation; also, there is some corrosion on the exhaust manifolds and some of the other hardware under the hood. The undercarriage was restored with the rest of the car, and although not currently detailed and noticeably aged, it remains relatively presentable finished in satin black.

The Packard is a well-equipped example with dual side-mounted spares, fender lights, a Packard mascot, dual horns, and a rear-mounted luggage rack. All six tires are wide whitewalls and are mounted to cream colored wire wheels. Overall the Packard Victoria Convertible is of a condition that invites regular use. The car is presentable, yet has faded enough condition wise that it does not need to be trailered, but rather begs to be driven. If, however, the next owner should chose to undergo a complete restoration with this solid and complete Packard, it would be equally suited to that purpose. Regardless of the new owner ’ s intended use, there can be no debate about the rarity – and transcendent beauty – of this Packard Eight Victoria Convertible.

Reference Number 15007

as of 11/4/2007

Car 1933 Packard Eight Convertible Victoria
VIN 401137 
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