Lot 244: Packard Super Eight Convertible Coupe
Model 1604. 130 bhp, 320 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 134" - Most prestigious eight-cylinder Packard convertible - Packard's last rumble seat convertible By 1938, Packard's junior Six and One-Twenty lines accounted for the bulk of sales, but a full array of senior eight-cylinder cars remained in the Super Eight series. The junior convertibles had dropped the rumble seat, but while the Super Eight had a four-passenger convertible Victoria, it also retained a 2/4 passenger convertible coupe with full-fledged rumble seat. 1938 was also only the second year for independent front suspension (via wishbones and coil springs) and hydraulic brakes. Both features greatly improved drivability, making these cars especially popular for tours and other driving events. Attractive in cream with contrasting green wheels and matching pinstripe, this Super Eight convertible coupe benefits from an older restoration. The paint, while presentable, shows its age with chips in various locations. The brightwork, too, exhibits some minor scratches and pits, but the overall effect is pleasant, with wide whitewall tires, chrome trim rings and small hub caps. The twin side-mount spares have correct metal covers. The tan canvas top is in good shape, and the car has held up nicely, presenting very well. The interior is tan leather, all in nice condition. The instruments are clear and unblemished, and the odometer currently shows 18,500 miles, which is believed to be the accumulated mileage since restoration. Equally nicely presented are the brown carpets and the attractive banjo-style steering wheel, neither of which show any defects. The engine bay shows some aging but could easily be detailed to superb effect. The rear-mounted external trunk has a canvas cover, and additional equipment includes radio, heater, Packard accessory road and fog lights and a left-side spotlight. Packard's last bastion of rumble seat motoring, this convertible offers both comfort and adventure.
Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook|
RM Auctions, Rochester, Michigan
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||$90750|
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