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The Amelia Island Auction / 1936 Packard Eight Model 1401 Coupe Roadster Chassis no. 919223 Engine no. 387438

Lot 277
1936 Packard Eight Model 1401 Coupe Roadster
3 March 2022, 13:00 EST
Fernandina Beach Golf Club

Sold for US$15,680 inc. premium

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1936 Packard Eight Model 1401 Coupe Roadster
Chassis no. 919223
Engine no. 387438

320ci Side-Valve Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
120bhp at 3,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes

*Desirable open Coupe Roadster coachwork
*High quality Packard from the peak of the Classic Era
*Sold new in Hollywood, California
*A complete restoration project with rewarding endgame


Packard watershed styling of 1932 was a fleeting moment of perfection as industry priorities were changing rapidly. The market was demanding quieter smoother riding cars and drivers were expecting cars with lighter steering and better brakes. Wheels began to shrink – the stately 20" quickly gave way to 17" wheels and fenders gained skirting to hide the empty space of the lost wheels. Up to 1934 the bodies were basically designed for the earlier 1930-32 era cars and the fenders and noses were changed to blend the two. For 1935 a new line of bodies and fenders better embraced the lower frames and smaller wheels.

In 1936 everything came together perfectly. A new beautifully designed nose and wonderfully proportioned bodies mated to fenders with exquisite lines and handsome curved lower edge. All combined into a package that one would have expected to see the tags of LeBaron or Dietrich on the side of but like much of Packard's finest coachwork it came from in house. The resulting cars have a feel of overall perfection that the 9th series had in '32 but on a chassis that performed worlds ahead of its predecessors. The steering is very light but positive, the hydraulic brakes are excellent, the transmission a delight and the legendary powerplants does not disappoint in power, smoothness and silence.


This 1936 Packard Eight Model 1401 Coupe Roadster is ripe for a full restoration and must be one of the last examples of Classic Era Packards left unrestored. According to the data plate attached to the firewall, the prominent Packard was sold new by WH Collins, the official Packard agency for Hollywood, California. Although the early history remains unknown, the Packard was later acquired by Robert 'Bobby' McGowan of Branford, CT. Indeed in need of a full restoration, the Packard is largely complete, and deserves to be brought back to its former glory.

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