Lot 115

Amelia Island 2023

1931 Packard 840 DeLuxe Eight Roadster


$200,000 - $240,000 USD | Not Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida



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  • An elegant, sporting Roadster complete with rumble seat; the final year for a true roadster body from Packard
  • Features a 120-hp 384-cu. in. inline-eight and four-speed gearbox
  • Well-equipped with twin sidemount spares and mirrors, Pilot Ray driving lights, dual C.M. Hall spotlights, wind wings, and a rear luggage rack
  • A rarely seen CCCA Full Classic with great exhibition potential
Addendum: Please note the title for this lot is in transit. A 4-6 week delay is expected.

By the summer of 1930 it was clear that the worldwide economic downturn, though not yet dubbed the “Great Depression,” was no passing panic; luxury automakers were sure to feel a serious pinch. Despite these headwinds, Packard—unwilling to compromise on quality—introduced some its finest offerings yet for the 1931 model year.

Debuting on 14 August 1930, the DeLuxe Eights represented the crème of the new Eighth Series crop. With the racy 734 Speedster of the previous year discontinued, its engineering refinements were applied to the new DeLuxe Eights—notably larger intake and exhaust ports and a three-piece intake manifold, which featured a cylindrical chamber to preheat the mixture. Consequently, these smooth-running 384-cubic-inch inline-eight engines produced a punchy 120 horsepower. Further changes included larger hubcaps, three-spoke steering wheels, and deeper sweeping fenders with plain bumper clamps. Four-wheel mechanical brakes and front and rear semi-elliptical suspension remained standard, but the 140 1/2-inch-wheelbase chassis benefitted from a new, vacuum-actuated automatic Bijur lubrication system.

With the 734 Speedster gone, the 840 DeLuxe Eight 2/4-Passenger Roadster, body style 472, represented the sportiest offering in Packard’s catalogue. Complete with a rumble seat in the rear and a side door through which to stash a golf bag, this would be the last true Packard roadster, as later models would have roll-up glass windows. But economic circumstances meant that there were simply not very many customers who could afford one: Just 2,035 840 DeLuxe Eights of all body styles were produced for the 1931 model year.

This 840 DeLuxe Eight Roadster is an enticing example of these rare cars. The recipient of a thorough and extensive past restoration, it is finished in silver with a black beltline and red pinstripe. The black soft top has red piping, and the interior is well-finished in red leather, with clear gauges and appealing wood trim. Panel fit remains excellent and the chrome plating is of the same caliber, including the spokes of the six wire wheels wrapped in wide whitewall tires. A number of well-chosen options complete its look, including wind wings and twin sidemount covered spare wheels topped by mirrors. It is equipped with Pilot Ray driving lights ahead of the chrome grille guard, and dual C.M. Hall spotlights are fitted on the cowl. The unmistakable Goddess of Speed mascot atop the radiator proudly leads the way forward, and a luggage rack is mounted to the rear for longer trips.

Thanks to its elegant yet sporty lines, well-engineered and finely crafted chassis, and undeniable rarity, this Packard is rightly recognized as a Classic Car Club of America Full Classic. With its carefully maintained restoration still presenting well today, it offers its next owner great potential for club participation and exhibition.