<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397

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Lot 31
1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton

Sold for US$ 264,000 inc. premium
From the Collection of T.J. Day
1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
Chassis no. 190397

385 CI Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
120hp 4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Live Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Wheelbase 140½".

*Ultra-Rare Factory Radio Car
*Pilot Ray Headlight Option
*Nut & Bolt Restoration From The Frame Up
*1980 CCCA Winner


THE PACKARD 840 DeLuxe

In 1931, the Great Depression's grip on America and its automobile industry tightened into a stranglehold. Packard still stood at the top of the luxury market but its future like that of its competitors was tenuous. Response to the economy's torment was slow throughout the auto industry and the course that Alvan Macauley had set for Packard during the flush years of the late Twenties was pursued resolutely.

Despite Packard's success in providing high quality chassis for custom coachbuilders Macauley advocated bringing custom coachbuilding in-house and 1931 was the year his plan was implemented. His logic was impeccable – Packard's body-building capabilities were second to none and the quality of its in-house work was equal to, if not better than, independent coachbuilders. Better coordination between chassis construction and custom coachbuilding, brought economies of scale that would increase Packard's efficiency and operating margins.
Behind this change, and routine rationalization of models and designations, Packard brought its full technical, managerial and financial power to bear on the dramatically different market of America in Depression. Development of the lower-priced Light Eight was rushed ahead while its polar opposite, the new Twin Six V12, was aimed at the pinnacle of Packard clients. Both, would debut as Ninth Series 1932 models. The 1931 Eighth Series duration was opportunistically truncated as only Packard, could do.

Packard's Eighth Series may have had only ten months, but its automobiles were exceptional. The Seventh Series 734 Speedster's innovations included a high compression cylinder head, a dual throat Detroit Lubricator updraft carburetor and a performance rear axle ratio. A horsepower race was on and the Eighth Series Packards adopted the 734's modifications across the board giving the DeLuxe Eight's strong and quiet nine main bearing 385 cubic inch engine 120 horsepower. Packard's big eight was then, and remains today, the paradigm for quiet, luxurious, unobtrusive power, more than adequate to propel even the day's heaviest and most lavishly appointed formal coachwork.

When fitted with the more sporting and lightweight open bodies such as the refined dual cowl sport phaeton offered here Eighth Series 120hp DeLuxe Packards are steady performers fully capable of cruising at today's highway speeds. The sport phaeton body combined style, comfort and Packard's exceptional build quality to achieve one of the most attractive, well-balanced and practical designs of the Classic Era.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The example offered here was meticulously restored in the Seventies to concours-quality standards. It was acquired by T.J. Day in 1984 who had additional restoration work done to bring it to its present marvelous condition. Beautifully presented in correct lacquer paint with beige body sides, grey fenders and hood and an orange beltline accent, it has a light beige cloth top and matching cover over the rear-mounted luggage trunk, its interior is sumptuously trimmed in orange leather. It is lavishly equipped with chrome wire wheels, dual sidemounted spare tires with chrome rings, grey panels and mirrors, dual taillights, hood-side trumpet horns, dual windshields with front wind wings, dual spotlights, radiator stoneguard, Adonis radiator cap mascot and Pilot-Ray driving lights.

It was a 1980 CCCA winner, shown at Pebble Beach in the 1980's, at the Silverado Concours in 1984 and swept the North Lake Tahoe Antique and Collector Car Show in 1986, winning its class, Best of Show and People's Choice.

The Packard's exceptional condition is apparent throughout, particularly notable in the clean and drip-free engine. The underhood presentation is fully detailed to show-quality standards with polished aluminum, chrome details and excellent paint. The exterior paint is strong and the upholstery and interior trim are better than new.

The Eighth Series Packard ended an era grounded in the ebullience of the Jazz Age and few automobiles of the early Thirties so eloquently embody the combination of sporting style and opulence as the Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Sport Phaeton. Whether this wonderful examples continues to be fastidiously maintained in show-quality condition or becomes a standout participant in the tours and events for which its power and luxurious open coachwork are so well adapted, this rare and handsome Packard is an unusual opportunity to acquire one of the finest examples of the premier American luxury marque of the era from a dedicated and sophisticated long term collector owner.

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  • Please note, this vehicle is titled under engine no. 190248.
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<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
<b>1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 190397
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