1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451

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Lot 559
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible

Sold for £ 37,950 (US$ 47,941) inc. premium
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible
Registration no. DS 7627
Chassis no. 286451

Footnotes

  • Vehicle no. 286451
    Frame no. 286781

    Premier American make
    Present ownership since 1987
    Engine rebuilt in 2012
    Period-correct Motorola radio

    Always built to the highest standards, the Packard was unquestionably one of the finest American cars of the pre-war era. Dissatisfaction with his Winton motor carriage is said to have spurred James Ward Packard to build a superior automobile. Aided by his brother and two defectors from the Winton company, Packard set up shop in his electrical engineering factory in Warren, Ohio, from which the first Packard car - the single-cylinder Model A runabout - emerged in November 1899. The Packard's innovative engineering and superior build quality were soon attracting the attention of wealthy clients, William D Rockefeller purchasing two at the New York Automobile Show in November 1900. 'Ask The Man Who Owns One,' was adopted as the company's advertising slogan.
    Cars powered by two-, four- and six-cylinder engines quickly followed, before Packard became the first manufacturer to introduce a series production V12 with the launch of the Twin Six for 1916. An immense success for the company, the Twin Six lasted until the arrival of the new-for-'24 Packard Single Eight, the company's first car to employ four-wheel brakes. The nine-bearing sidevalve straight-eight engine developed 85bhp from 357.8cu in (5.9 litres) and the line-up initially comprised ten models on two wheelbase lengths. With the introduction of custom models in 1926 the Eight range increased dramatically. 'Original Creations by Master Designers' according to Packard, the custom offerings were bodied by Derham, Dietrich, Fleetwood, Holbrook, and Judkins among others.
    Bijur chassis lubrication and hypoid final drive gears had arrived on the Eight by 1927, at which time the engine was enlarged to 6.3 litres. By now maximum power had risen to 105bhp, an output sufficient to propel the far from lightweight Eight to a top speed of 80mph. 1929 saw Packard building eight-cylinder cars only, and marked the introduction chrome-plated brightwork, parabolic headlamps, and a dashboard-mounted water temperature gauge in place of the preceding Motometer. Also new was the base-model 319.2ci (5.2-litre) Standard Eight, the larger engine continuing to power the Custom and DeLuxe Eights. Ten body styles were available on the 134½"-wheelbase Standard Eight chassis and one on the 127½" frame.
    Built on the longer of the two Standard Eight chassis, this Convertible Golfers Coupé was purchased in 1987. Forming part of the owner's private collection, the Packard has been used mainly on high days and holidays, and for local shows. Regularly serviced and maintained, the car benefits from an engine rebuild carried out in 2012 with new pistons/rings, valves, etc. A photographic record of the rebuild is on file, and the car also comes with a V5 registration document, MoT to July 2018, parts manual, workshop manual, and an original owner's manual. A stylish 'classic American' soft-top from a premier make.
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1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451
1929 Packard 7th Series Standard Eight Convertible   Chassis no. 286451
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