1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight Roadster
Chassis no. 168397
Engine no. 168376
384.8ci Side Valve Straight 8-Cylinder Engine
106bhp at 3,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs Front and Rear
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Sporting Custom Model Roadster
*CCCA Full Classic
*Formerly owned by famed collector Richard C. Paine, Jr.
*Offered from Private European Museum collection
*Nicely aged older restoration
The 1929 Packard Eight
1929 brought substantial change to Packard's product line, notably a new Standard Eight line which replaced the earlier Twin Six models.
The 640 Custom Eights were among the most attractive and imposing of the Classic Era, with long hoods, sweeping fenders and large oval headlights (a one-year-only feature). Design features abounded, from bright molding around the cowl to a drop molding along the beltline that could be accented with a contrasting color décor panel. With seven main bearings and a rigid one-piece cylinder block casting, it was quiet enough that it impressed even the notoriously finicky road testers at The Autocar in England who noted that "... the big car has the power of travelling right up to a high speed without fuss, without suggestion that the engine is doing much work, without harshness, yet with plenty still in reserve."
The Motorcar Offered
This Packard was formerly the property of Richard C. Paine Jr., with whom it had been since at least 1990, and quite possibly much longer. It was purchased by the current Private European Museum owner in 2007.
Attractively liveried in dark green with black fenders, a vermillion accent on the doors' décor panels matches the vermillion wire wheels. In addition to its windshield post mounted spotlight, it has a pair of the optional sidemounted spare wheels, wide whitewall tires, a single Pilot-Ray driving light, radiator stoneguard, rumble seat and rear-mounted luggage rack.
Under the hood the big straight eight is joined by a three-trumpet Sparton air horn. The interior and rumble seat are upholstered in brown leather; the top is tan cloth.
It was restored some time ago and is in good condition for its age. The paint, interior, glass and top are in sound, presentable condition. There is some thin chrome plating, particularly on the windshield frame. The top fits tightly and is only lightly soiled. The doors close smoothly and fit flush with the body sides, a positive indication of the quality of the restoration and care which this car has had.
Largely unused over the past several decades, the Packard will require mechanical re-commissioning, after which it will no doubt be a very enjoyable car for tours, and could be shown with pride in its quality and longevity.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit.