<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784

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1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING

Sold for US$ 93,500 inc. premium
1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING
Chassis no. 200346
Engine no. 210784

357.8ci Straight 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
85bhp at 3,000rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front & Rear Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes


*Long term ownership
*Well preserved example
*Striking and desirable colors
*Large and versatile touring car with Packard reliability



THE PACKARD EIGHT 243

Always built to the highest standards, the Packard was unquestionably one of the finest American cars of the pre-war era. Introduced in 1924, Packard's first eight-cylinder car - the Single Eight - was also the company's first to employ four-wheel brakes.

The nine-bearing sidevalve straight-eight engine had a compression ratio of 4.51 to 1 and developed 85bhp at 3,000rpm from 5.9 liters. Even with the average model weighing in at about 4,000 pounds, the engine was able to propel the cars to speeds as high as 80mph. In addition to its power, the engine was praised for its incredible smoothness, which was made possible by a heavy balanced crankchaft and a Lanchester vibration damper. The engine was mounted down low, inside of the frame at four locations to complement its smooth running nature. The lack of vibration was a huge selling point over the V-8 equipped Cadillac, which suffered vibration issues at 40mph.

With the Single Eight, Packard became a huge proponent of four wheel brakes. Packard was among the first to realize and advocate for the new technology. They had gone through exhaustive testing measures to insure that the system was fit for production. The vice president of distribution went on to explain: "Four wheel brakes permit faster and safer driving speeds and acceleration by offering the factor of more rapid and more effective speed reduction." He would also warn against the use of cheap and inferior systems stating, amongst other things, that "Only good brakes can have a lasting place in the industry". The Single Eight was so well received that it forced Cadillac to quickly release their V-63 in order to compete.

The Single Eight line-up initially comprised ten models on two wheelbase lengths. In 1926, Single was dropped from the name and the car became known simply as the Eight. With the introduction of custom models in 1926, the Eight range increased dramatically. 'Original Creations by Master Designers' were available through a special custom catalog - the custom offerings were bodied by Derham, Dietrich, Fleetwood, Holbrook and Judkins among others.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Chassis number 200.346 is a stunning seven passenger touring model. The car was first registered in Barcelona, Spain, on May 26th, 1926. It is believed that the car has remained in Spain for all of its existence. In June of 1994, the Eight was purchased by its current and longtime owner. During that same year, the car received a full restoration.

The body is finished in a beautiful 2-tone paint scheme of moss green over black fenders. The standard disc wheels are body colored and look stunning against the white wall balloon tires. The interior is finished in an elegant walnut colored leather, complimented by a woodgrain dash and steering wheel. For the last 20 plus years, the consignor has lovingly cared for this American beauty, excellently preserving the high quality restoration.

Today the car presents beautifully, commanding a presence even in the most esteemed of company. Few cars can offer top down motoring with such style and grace – even fewer can be enjoyed with six of your closest companions.

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<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
<B>1926 PACKARD EIGHT 243 7-PASSENGER TOURING</B><BR />Chassis no. 200346<BR />Engine no. 210784
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