1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 8
Packard's International Meet Class and Circle of Champions Award Winner
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE

Sold for US$ 99,000 inc. premium
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE

Chassis no. 376770
Engine no. 376882

320ci L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Dual-Throat Carburetor
120bhp at 3,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Lovely example of Packard's great 1934 model
*Participant in CCCA CARavan 1,000 mile tour
*Packard's International Meet Class and Circle of Champions Award Winner
*Extensive mechanical and cosmetic work performed by Custom Auto Service
*CCCA Full Classic



THE 1934 PACKARD

Charles Dickens may have written "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" about the beginning of French Revolution, but it applied just as well to Packard in 1934. The cars were wonderful, offered in a profusion of models, body styles and optional accessories, but the Great Depression was at its deepest and even Packard's elite clientele were not buying. It was cold comfort when Packard finished the year with 42.7% of the luxury car market. Cadillac and Lincoln were in much worse shape but still afloat, unlike Marmon and Peerless who had called it quits in 1933. Pierce-Arrow was also well on its way to going out of business.

In the 1934 luxury market Packard's accomplishment was truly remarkable, but it amounted to only 8,000 cars and they were spread out over three different engines and five different chassis.

In addition to the inherent quality, luxury, performance, and silence for which Packard was justly famous, the marque's design and styling combined conservative elegance with a hint of sporting flair. Raymond Dietrich had laid down the basic lines of Packard's cataloged and custom bodies while working for Murray Corporation subsidiary Dietrich, Inc. in the late twenties. Ray Dietrich's concepts were embraced by Ed Macauley, who was appointed as Packard's styling director in 1932 by his father Alvan Macauley, Packard's President. Alexis de Sakhnoffsky joined Packard as a part-time consultant through the early thirties, contributing his own sense of form, flow and streamlining to the development of Packard coachwork. Sakhnoffsky's work was then implemented with great talent and skill by Werner Gubitz.

While a few remaining independent coachbuilders continued to body Packard chassis, the economy and Packard's extensive catalog of finely-styled designs kept most Packard coachwork production in Packard's own facilities. That was, as it turns out, a serendipitous consequence as the Packard coachwork of the early thirties, and particularly 1934, is among the best of the period.

Packard relied on their traditional buttressed grille shell, which since 1932 was vee-shaped with vertical blinds. The nose was complemented with veed headlight lenses and the "down-tick" dart-shaped shoulder molding created by Hibbard & Darrin. Packard cataloged no less than thirteen standard bodies on the prestigious 1104 Super Eight alone. Deliveries of closed sedans predominated but it is the few, very special, open 1934 Packards that are most appreciated today. These particular cars embody the essence of classic design and quality - their appeal is timeless.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The consignor purchased this beautiful 1934 Standard Eight Rumble Seat Coupe from well-known collector, Art Astor in June 2008. The archival images that accompany this Packard show it towing a trailer in the San Bernardino Mountains (with a boxer dog in the trailer window) around 1936, with California license plates. The photos also document appearances at concours shows many years ago. It is apparent that this stylish Coupe has always remained in California.

Subsequent to the consignor's acquisition, the renowned Packard specialists at Custom Auto Service in Santa Ana, CA rebuilt the engine and other mechanicals. In addition to the mechanical restoration, the car has been almost completely repainted, while the bumpers and other parts have been re-chromed where needed. New carpeting has also been installed to refresh the interior. Over $90,000 was spent on this process, with numerous restoration photos available upon request. After the completion of the mechanical refurbishment, a Gear Vendor overdrive was added for touring purposes.

In 2010 the consignor drove the car on the CCCA Pacific Northwest CARavan. Over 1,000 miles were driven through the mountains of Washington State and the Canadian Rockies without incident. No oil or water had to be added during the entire trip, and the car was a pleasure to drive. The engine was very quiet and the oil pressure was excellent.

While the consignor feels that the car is more of a very nice driver, he does show it on occasion. On January 29, 2011 the car was judged at the Packards International Membership Meet in San Diego, where the stylish Coupe received a score of 233 1/2 out of 250 possible points by knowledgeable Packard judges. In addition to winning a Class award it also received the coveted Circle of Champions designation.

The purchaser of this fine automobile should enjoy many years of happy motoring.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this car is titled under its engine number.
Contacts
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
1934 PACKARD EIGHT 1101 COUPE  Chassis no. 376770 Engine no. 376882
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalog.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card for returning clients only. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Special Car Dealer Notices

For all registerable Vehicles, Bonhams is acting as an Arizona dealer, number L00012102

App