1931  Packard  Standard Eight 833 Limousine  Chassis no. 324011
Lot 618
1931 Packard Standard Eight 833 Limousine Chassis no. 324011
Sold for €16,672 (US$ 22,332) inc. premium
Lot Details
1931 Packard Standard Eight 833 Limousine
Chassis no. 324011
Toujours construite selon les normes de la plus haute qualité, la Packard fut incontestablement l'une des plus belles automobiles américaines avant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Dès l'apparition du premier type – un runabout monocylindre – en novembre 1899, la conception mécanique innovatrice et la qualité de fabrication supérieure voulue par le constructeur retinrent l'attention de la clientèle riche. Des automobiles à deux, quatre puis six cylindres suivirent avant que Packard ne devînt le premier constructeur du monde à introduire une V12 produite en série, la Twin Six de 1916.

Immense succès, la Twin Six vécut jusqu'à l'introduction de la nouveauté de 1924, la Packard Single Eight, première voiture de la firme dotée de freins sur les quatre roues. Le moteur huit cylindres en ligne à neuf paliers et soupapes latérales développait 85 ch avec 5,9 litres de cylindrée et la gamme comprit au début dix modèles sur deux empattements. Le graissage du châssis système Bijur et le pont arrière à couple hypoïde apparurent sur la Eight en 1927, date à laquelle le moteur fut porté à 6,3 litres. La puissance atteignit ainsi 105 ch, rendement suffisant pour propulser cette lourde Eight jusqu'à 128 km/h. Nouveauté pour 1929, la Standard Eight avait une cylindrée de 5,2 litres, le gros moteur continuant d'équiper les Eight Custom et DeLuxe.

Packard porta la puissance maximale de la Standard Eight à 100 ch pour 1931 année de la fabrication de cette Type 833 Limousine. Anciennement dans la célébrissime collection Harrah aux Etats-Unis, elle fut achetée en 1992 pour intégrer une importante collection privée du sud de la France par le précédent propriétaire qui l'engagea dans le rallye Paris-Deauville en 1995. Acquise par l'actuel propriétaire chez Bonhams en 2010, la voiture peu utilisée depuis est donc remise en vente, excellente occasion d'acheter une superbe et prestigieuse limousine d'avant 1939.

1931 Packard Standard Eight 833 Limousine
Chassis no. 324011

Always built to the highest standards, the Packard was unquestionably one of the finest American automobiles of the pre-war era. Right from the moment the first car – a single-cylinder runabout - emerged in November 1899, Packard's innovative engineering and superior build quality attracted the attention of wealthy clients. Cars powered by two-, four- and six-cylinder engines quickly followed, before Packard became the first manufacturer to introduce a series production V12 with the launch of the Twin Six for 1916.

An immense success, the Twin Six lasted until the arrival of the new-for-'24 Packard Single Eight, the company's first car to employ four-wheel brakes. The nine-bearing, sidevalve, straight-eight engine developed 85bhp from 357.8ci (5.9 litres) and the line-up initially comprised ten models on two wheelbase lengths. Bijur chassis lubrication and hypoid final drive gears had arrived on the Eight by 1927, at which time the engine was enlarged to 384.8ci (6.3 litres). By now maximum power had risen to 105bhp, an output sufficient to propel the far from lightweight Eight to a top speed of 80mph. New for 1929 was the base-model 319.2ci (5.2-litre) Standard Eight, the larger engine continuing to power the Custom and DeLuxe Eights.

Packard increased the maximum output of the Standard Eight engine to 100bhp for 1931 when this Type 833 Limousine was made. Formerly part of the celebrated Harrah Museum Collection in the USA it was acquired in 1992 for an important private collection in the South of France by the preceding owner, who drove the Packard in the Paris-Deauville Rally in 1995. Purchased by the current owner from Bonhams in 2010 the car has seen little use since and is thus offered for sale, an excellent opportunity to purchase a superb pre-war limousine.

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