1932 Packard Standard Eight

$140,000 - $175,000

RM | Auctions - AUBURN SPRING 5 - 7 MAY 2016

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The Ninth Series Packard Standard Eight had new numerical designations for the wheelbase in the form of 901 (129.5-inches) and 902 (136.5-inches); these dimensions were two-inches greater than the previous year. The 902’s were offered with a total of 12 body styles, but individual customs in the Standard Eight line were not available this model year. Among the most desirable of the Ninth Series (1932) Packards is the four-passenger phaeton; the body that is mated with this 902 chassis.

The new phaeton was regarded as a smartly beautiful car that features trim and “yacht-like lines, modish and modern in its entire conception. All four passengers (plus driver) can easily enjoy the thrill of open air motoring in complete period comfort. All of the new-for-1932 Packards embodied many new features and refinements that were recognized as giving the Packard line the supreme car in the field of luxurious transportation. The new Packards were wider in tread measurement as well as the wheelbase lengthening. The 319.2-cid, 110-hp “Straight-Eight” engine now “floated” on rubber for quieter, smoother and more powerful running abilities with its easy and near-silent synchromesh manual transmission. Packard proudly boasted: “The new Packards are truly the cars of tomorrow. Why not own one today?”

This particular Packard Standard Eight Phaeton is presented in black with black interior and has a complementary tan canvas folding top that allows an unmistakable style whether running with it up or down. Optional dual sidemounts seem to be the perfect accessory for this type of classic car; these spares have pedestal-type mirrors strapped to them for driver safety and convenience. Red wire wheels and tasteful red pinstripes add to the array of colors and highlighted with wide whitewall tires. There is also a grille guard, plus a luggage rack can be quite useful, and there is something very special about peering over the long hood from the driver’s seat and seeing the mascot atop the radiator as you travel to your appointed destination. Ask the man who owns one; this is a Classic Car Club of America Full Classic and is eligible for their Caravans and associated Club events.

Of those individuals, there are few who can possess this type of beautiful car; the Standard Eight was introduced in June 1931 and total model year production (amongst the 12 body styles) was 3,737 902 wheelbase cars and an additional 3,922 in the 901 length. The cost when new is listed as being $2,650, a quite healthy sum in the era when a 1932 Ford V-8 Two-Door Convertible Sedan could be had for $650.

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