1929 Packard Standard Eight Series 626 Five Passenger Sedan
Chassis no. 262580
Engine no. 263582C
320ci Side Valve Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
90bhp at 3,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs Front and Rear
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Legendary Packard engineering
*Refined Eight cylinder
*Recent 'barn find'
The Packard Eight
Introduced in 1924 models, the Packard straight-eight engine marked the beginning of a new era for both its esteemed manufacturer and the American prestige automobile. Led by the legendary Col. Jesse Vincent, Packard engineers had created a powerful, durable and nearly vibration-free inline eight. Combining this superb engine with the styling verve and elegance that set the marque apart in the later 1920s, the Packard Eight fairly defined the attributes of the cars we know today as Classics.
For 1929, a new version of the Packard inline eight engine powered the automaker's Series 626 and 633 models. The year saw Packard building eight-cylinder cars only and marked the introduction of chrome-plated brightwork, parabolic headlamps and a dashboard-mounted water temperature gauge in place of the preceding Motometer. Also new was the base-model 319.2ci (5.2-litre) 90bhp Standard Eight, the larger engine continuing to power the Custom and Deluxe Eights.
The Standard Eight was built in alternative wheelbase lengths of 126.5" (626) and 133.5" (633) with three body styles available of the former and seven on the latter. Prices ranged from $2,285 to $2,785.
The Motorcar Offered
This recent 'barn find' Packard is another automobile in this auction that was extracted from long term hibernation in Lynchburg, Virginia. The car has its original data plate on the cowl which states the original delivery date of April 13, 1929 to Blair Motor Car Co. Close inspection shows that the car for the most part appears to be complete in most major respects and adheres to the specifications of its model.
Offering a basis for sympathetic restoration, this may well be one of the most affordable ways to sample the Packard Eight legend.