Auburn Fall

Auburn Auction Park
2 - 6 September 2015
Lot 7057

1932 Packard Standard Eight

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$125,000 - $135,000 USD | Not Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana

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Identification No.
346988
  • 320-cid, 110-hp inline eight-cylinder engine
  • Three-speed manual transmission
  • Ninth Series, Series 902
  • Top and roll-up windows
  • Approximately 31,000 actual miles
  • Purchased from single family ownership
  • Mostly original example
  • In 1932 Packard delivered only 972 Series 902 models
  • Far fewer as Coupe Roadster
  • CCCA Full Classic
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Although 1932 was not a banner year for sales, Packard’s new, expanded lineup was one of the most stylish in the company’s history. The new Ninth Series was introduced early on June 17, 1931. The cars were all longer, lower and faster than the 1931 models. The Standard Eight engine was modified with a redesigned manifold and fan. An increase in compression ratio to 6.0:1 produced 110 horsepower from the 320-cid inline eight-cylinder engine. Noise and vibration was improved thanks to a redesigned air cleaner; the driveshaft being jointed and rubber mounted, and the fitting of new rubber engine mounts. The lengthened chassis was redesigned, as were the components. In its new double-drop frame a four-speed all-synchromesh transmission was fitted, but around mid-year it was replaced by a three-speed synchromesh unit. Chassis lubrication remained via the Bijur system, but the 40 points were now all oiled automatically thanks to a new system. A new adjustable shock absorber system known as “Ride Control” allowed the driver a choice of three settings to tune-in the desired ride. This was controlled by a plunger near the driver’s left knee that controlled the amount of oil to the shock absorbers.

For 1932, one of the most attractive in the Series 902 was Body No. 509, the Coupe Roadster. With its snug fitting top and roll-up windows, it was really no longer a roadster, but actually a convertible coupe. A new top design allowed it to be folded flat into the body, which when down provided the Coupe Roadster with a flowing, graceful appearance. All the Packard Coupe Roadster models were fitted with a rumbleseat. With a list price ranging from $2,650 to $2,850, wire wheels were standard, but dual sidemounts were an option.

This 1932 Packard Coupe Roadster is an approximately 31,000 actual miles example that was purchased from single family ownership. This mostly original car has recently undergone a full mechanical service including brakes, fuel system, new clutch, tires, wiring harness and an engine rebuild. The Packard still retains its original interior with the exception of the driver’s seat upholstery being replaced and a new convertible top was installed. The exterior has experienced one repaint in the 1950s in its original color combination. The Packard has a rear-mounted spare, plus there are dual mirrors, golf bag stowage compartment, tan soft-top and boot, painted wire wheels, whitewall tires and proper hood ornament.

In 1932 Packard delivered only 972 Series 902 models and far fewer were built of the handsome Coupe Roadster. A classic at the time of its introduction with its grand style, power and fine road-holding, it remains so to this day amongst Packard aficionados and is recognized as a Full Classic by the esteemed Classic Car Club of America.