Auburn Spring | Lot 6041
1932 Packard 900 Coupe Roadster
$94,600 USD | Sold
| Auburn, Indiana
1 June 2019
- 110 hp, 320 cu. in. L-head inline eight
- Three-speed sliding gear transmission
- Desirable “Shovelnose” Packard with open coachwork
- Older restoration with pleasing patina
- Superb running and driving example
At the 1932 New York Auto Show, Packard unveiled its long-rumored junior companion to the traditional full-size lineup. Known as the 900 Series Light Eight, the car was nicknamed the Shovelnose for the distinct, un-Packard-like scoop-shaped radiator grille. Despite worries that a mid-priced Packard would cheapen the prestigious brand, such fears were unfounded, as the 900 series offered style, substance, and quality in a lower-priced package to compete with the likes of LaSalle. Unfortunately, dealers and management were at odds about how best to sell the Light Eight, and the model was discontinued after just one year. Today, Shovelnose Packards are coveted for their distinct style, snappy performance and rarity.
For the driving enthusiast seeking a Packard 900 to enjoy on tours and events, this 1932 “Shovelnose” Coupe Roadster is an excellent choice. This handsome car sports the rare and highly desirable open coachwork, along with numerous factory options. Wearing an older, nicely mellowed restoration, it presents with attractive paintwork and detailing in good overall condition. The options list for this car includes wire wheels, dual side-mount spares with steel covers, front fender lights, and a trunk rack. The wheels are wrapped in fresh period-correct Firestone whitewalls, and the car sits beautifully on the road, looking low and sleek with the proud Cormorant mascot adorning the distinct radiator.
With the same 320 cubic-inch L-head inline eight as the larger and heavier Standard Eight, the Light Eight delivered snappy performance, adding the moniker “Hot Rod Packard” to its list of nicknames. The high levels of refinement Packard buyers expected remained, with the inline-eight idling in virtual silence while imparting the 900 with brisk acceleration and exceptional cruising ability. The 900 Light Eight is the clear driver’s choice for 1930s-era Packards, and this example is certain to delight its next keeper.