1931 Packard Standard Eight,
Lot 319
c.1931 Packard Standard Eight Sedanca Town Car Chassis no. 150481 Engine no. MDA 23698
Sold for £18,400 (US$ 28,586) inc. premium

Lot Details
1931 Packard Standard Eight, 1931 Packard Standard Eight,
c.1931 Packard Standard Eight Sedanca Town Car
Registration no. VSU 448
Chassis no. 150481
Engine no. MDA 23698

Footnotes

  • Always built to the highest standards, the Packard was unquestionably one of the finest American cars of the pre-war era. First introduced in 1924, the Eight was the first Packard to employ four-wheel brakes. The nine-bearing, sidevalve, straight-eight engine developed 85bhp from 5.9 litres, and the line-up initially comprised ten models on two wheelbase lengths. With the introduction of custom models in 1926 the Eight range increased dramatically. ‘Original Creations by Master Designers’ according to Packard, the custom offerings were bodied by Derham, Dietrich, Fleetwood, Holbrook and Judkins among others.
    Bijur chassis lubrication and hypoid final drive gears had arrived on the Eight by 1927, at which time the engine was enlarged to 6.3 litres. By now maximum power had risen to 105bhp, an output sufficient to propel this far from lightweight car to a top speed of 80mph. 1929 saw Packard building eight-cylinder cars only and marked the introduction chromium-plated brightwork, parabolic headlamps and a dashboard-mounted water temperature gauge in place of the preceding Motometer. A smaller 5.2-litre Standard Eight was introduced that same year while the larger engine continued to power the Custom and DeLuxe Eights.
    Previously resident in a private museum in Lisbon for many years, this Packard Standard Eight has been kept and maintained in Sussex since the mid-1990s while the logbook suggests use in Wales during the immediately preceding years. This is a most elegant Sedanca town car finished in black livery with matching upholstery to the front compartment and green cord to the rear, while other noteworthy features include Lucas P100 headlamps, cased twin side-mounts, Delco Remy electrics and delightful opera sidelights. The paint is patinated and the car would obviously benefit from a re-spray, though some may prefer to keep the aged look.
    Ten MoTs on file date from 1997 at 88,601 miles to the current (expiring June 2009) at 93,174 miles, while accompanying photographs and invoice indicate an engine rebuild in the late 1990s/2000 at circa 88,882 miles. Used sparingly in the Sussex countryside over the past few years, this charming Sedanca from one of the USA’s most respected manufacturers boasts a powerful straight-eight engine and is ideal for family days out and for commercial use. Offered with Swansea V5C registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Upon inspection of the car, we feel it may have been adapted from a Sedan into Sedanca Town Car body style at a later date.
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