<b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707
Lot 181
1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan
Sold for US$ 162,400 inc. premium

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<b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707 <b>1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 375707
1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan
Chassis no. 375707

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

*Elegant Convertible Sedan coachwork with room for the family
*Desirable 1934-model year Packard
*Heavily accessorized and well optioned example
*CCCA and AACA Awarded example ready for shows or touring


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.

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 V-shaped with vertical blinds. The nose was complemented with V'd 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

This elegant 1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan is one of just 7 examples of this body style on an 1101 chassis, according to the Rosters of Packard. A well-presented example, this Packard has received both the AACA and CCCA Senior awards. Painted in a stunning tri-tone scheme of tan, orange, and black, this Convertible Sedan has commanding presence. With tan sides and a tan top combined with black fenders, running boards, and accent lines, the upper body and wheels in orange and red add a bold pop of color. The older restoration is very solid and remains in beautiful condition. The paintwork is vibrant, the brightwork lustrous, and the Convertible top is taught and well fitted. Inside, the cognac-colored leather interior is in lovely condition, showing very little use since its restoration. The seats are complimented by brown carpets and the original steering wheel has a nice patina. A chrome heating duct runs to the rear compartment to keep the passengers comfortable, along with dual ashtrays and cigarette lighters for an added level of luxury. The condition of this Packard makes it very attractive and a great candidate to be shown and driven by its next fortunate steward. Included in the sale are maintenance records and ownership documentation.
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