<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192

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Lot 151
1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Coachwork by Dietrich

US$ 225,000 - 300,000
£ 180,000 - 240,000
Amended
1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Coachwork by Dietrich

Chassis no. 179463
Engine no. 181192

385ci L-head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
106bhp at 3,200rpm
Single Detroit Lubricator Carburetor
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes


*Exquisite custom Ray Dietrich-designed coachwork
*Coveted model, last year for the long hood design
*Large and versatile touring car with Packard reliability
*High quality restoration that presents very well



THE SEVENTH-SERIES PACKARD

Like other manufacturers at the top of the market, Packard had been developing ever larger and more luxurious models throughout the 1920s. After the 1929 stock market crash, this meant that Packard was a manufacturer of opulent and expensive models that became increasingly hard to sell as the Depression deepened. In 1930, Packard sold just 28,386 cars, down dramatically from 1929. As sales plummeted, these grand automobiles were seldom seen. They receded into the secret carriage houses of the very rich, making them all the more rare and desirable today.

In 1923, Packard had moved away from the annual model change adhered to by other manufacturers and introduced the "Series" concept, which did not necessarily follow the calendar year. Some series lasted for close to two years, while others had a "shelf life" of a mere seven months. Packard automobiles manufactured in 1930 are considered part of the Seventh Series. This series is especially attractive to collectors, as it was the last series to use piano spoke wire wheels that provide a true classic look. These lovely wheels were enhanced by a new fenderline that ran from the crown of the fender to the running board, creating a single, beautiful, sweeping arc. Today, it is the epitomy of classic elegance as it existed shortly before streamlining came to dominate automobile design.

Other seventh series styling cues included fender-mounted parking lamps, new rounded headlamps, three-lens tail lights, dual glove compartments, and an adjustable driver's seat. On the technical side, new features were introduced such as Watson Stabilizer shock absorbers, new gauges, thermostatic radiator shutters, a centralized Bijur chassis lubrication system, four-speed transmission, shatter-proof laminated windows, and a hypoid rear axle. While the 106 bhp peak engine power at 3,200 rpm may not seem overly high, a massive 350-plus lbs/ft. of torque were available to the driver, providing plenty of low-down grunt.

Packard offered three seventh series models for 1930: the 733 Standard 8, the 740 Super 8 on a 140" wheelbase, and the imposing yet so very graceful 745 with Super 8 power on a 145" wheelbase. The LWB 745 was the lowest production model, accounting for only 3,007 of the more than 28,000 cars produced. Numerous body styles were available to satisfy the requirements and desires of virtually any buyer. Packard chassis continued to be made available for the trade, and the rich could commission coachbuilders to create unique designs.


RAY DIETRICH

Born in 1894 in the Bronx, Ray Dietrich was employed by the famous coachbuilder Brewster in 1909, where he met Tom Hibbard. The two left Brewster in 1920 to form LeBaron which quickly became one of the most fashionable coachbuilders of its day. In 1923, Hibbard left for Paris with Howard "Dutch" Darrin to found Hibbard & Darrin, another legendary coachbuilder. That same year at the New York Salon, Dietrich had first made contact with Edsel Ford and Packard president Alvan Macauley. In the ensuing years, as LeBaron began making custom bodes for Lincoln and Packard, Dietrich forged close ties in Detroit. In 1925, he was finally headhunted by Allan Sheldon of the Murray Body Co. who financed the set-up of Dietrich Inc. in Detroit.

The rest, as they say, is history. In the following years, Ray Dietrich used his incredible talent as a designer of fine detail, and his supreme sense of proportion to create what are now regarded as possibly the most exquisitely beautiful American designs of the classic era. While Dietrich worked for a number of Detroit manufacturers, within this exalted group of ultimate automobiles, the so-called Dietrich Packard's reign supreme.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The Seventh Series Deluxe Eight was Packard's top offering for 1930, and it was available in 11 semi-custom and individual custom factory bodies. Due to the low production numbers, few examples remain today. The length of the chassis provided one of the last truly outstanding platforms for custom coachbuilders to create designs in the classic idiom. For collectors today, the 1930 model remains especially coveted as Packard moved the cowl forward for 1931. This created more space inside the body and increased passenger comfort. But as always, comfort came at a price, and the result was that the seemingly endless hood of the 1930 models was shortened by five inches. This changed the appearance and balance of the finished car dramatically, and as a consequence, the long hood and near-perfect proportions of the 1930 seventh series remain highly collectable today.

Chassis 179463 is the epitome of the perfectly balanced Seventh Series cars. It combines superbly engineered underpinnings with a custom body designed by one of the greatest designers in the history of the automobile, the legendary Ray Dietrich. Every line is simply exquisite, and the car is ready to be enjoyed in equal measure by the owner and enthralled spectators at any concours he may care to attend.

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  • Please note that this car is titled with vehicle number 181631, and its title is in transit.
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<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
<B>1930 PACKARD MODEL 745 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN<BR />Coachwork by Dietrich<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 179463<BR />Engine no. 181192
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