Lot 216

Miami 2024

1934 Packard Eight Coupe Roadster


$134,400 USD | Sold

United States | Coral Gables, Florida



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  • Offered from a prominent private collection
  • Beautiful presentation throughout; one of the nicest of its kind
  • Award-winning older restoration by LaVine Restorations
  • A Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

An example of Packard’s respected Eleventh Series models from 1934, the coupe roadster offered here is a relatively early car, recorded on its reproduction vehicle number tag as having been the ninth produced in this style on the 1101 Eight chassis. It was originally sold, relatively late in the model year, on 9 August 1934 by the Fonda Motor Car Company of Connecticut. Reportedly the buyer was the film actress Arline Judge, who at the time had homes in both Connecticut and California, and who was famously pictured with an 1101 Eight coupe roadster at the latter. While there is no definitive proof that this was her car, it is certainly worthy of a star in its lines and presence.

Subsequently the car moved to Florida, where it was owned by Ray Galliford of Orlando, then through the hands of John Yanick back in Connecticut. In 1983 the Packard was purchased by longtime enthusiast Dr. Robert Woolfitt of Virginia, who between 1998 and 1999 commissioned a fresh restoration by the noted marque specialists LaVine Restorations of Nappanee, Indiana, in a very deep crimson red with tan interior and cloth top. It went on to be shown extensively, including winning Second in Class at the 100th-anniversary Packard Opus at Warren, Ohio, in 1999, and a 100-point score a month later at the CCCA Michigan Grand Classic. All told, reportedly the Packard achieved a remarkable 15 First in Class awards and other prizes during its illustrious show career, as one of the best-restored Junior Eleventh Series Packards.

Dr. Woolfitt eventually sold the Packard to a collector in New York. It was purchased by its current owner, a devout enthusiast of the marque, in 2018, and has been extremely well-preserved within his collection for the last six years. Its restoration remains in beautiful overall condition, with all of its finishes still in fine condition, set off by the desirable dual side-mounted spares, color-matched wheels, and subtle blackwall tires—and, of course, its CCCA Senior badge.

A wonderful specimen of the 1101 Eight in its most sought-after style, this beautifully restored car would be a highlight in any Packard lover’s collection, or a joy to take out on tours and CARavans in the coming seasons.