Arizona | Lot 217
1934 Packard Super Eight Coupe Roadster
$242,000 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
20 January 2017
- Offered from the collection of a knowledgeable enthusiast
- The most desirable body style from the greatest Packard year
- High-quality older restoration by marque specialists
Series 1104. 145 bhp, 384 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension with variable-pressure shock absorbers, and vacuum servo-assisted four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 142 in.
For many, the 1934 model Packards, which the factory dubbed the Eleventh Series, represent the height of the company’s pre-war efforts. They were the final models with traditional open fenders, albeit gently skirted, and the upright radiator shell for which the company had become well known. In addition, the chassis’ adjustable Ride Control suspension and Bijur automatic lubrication produced a car that was a dream to drive. Books have been written solely about this model year Packard, and it is widely considered among the most beautiful and purely enjoyable of all Classic Era production automobiles.
The most desirable body style on this chassis is the sumptuous two-passenger coupe roadster, which had styling inspired by a “semi-custom” design provided by LeBaron in 1931, including the distinctive convertible top that folds flush with the body.
The car offered here was delivered to the renowned marque specialists LaVine Restorations of Nappanee, Indiana, in the mid-1990s as a solid and complete original car, owned by Michael Wendt. In a recent conversation with RM Sotheby’s, Eric LaVine recalled the Packard as being a “pretty straightforward project, of a solid car without wood rot and with very little rust.” The car was restored to the shop’s usual superb standards, including gorgeous Packard Green paint, stripped in cream, on the beautiful original sheet metal. The engine had been rebuilt previously by Art Brummer and ran very well, as it still does today. With chrome wire wheels shod in blackwall tires, dual side-mounted spares, dual driving lights, and a proper trunk rack, the car was stunning. Its enduring appeal captured a class award in its highly competitive category at the Meadow Brook Hall Concours d’Elegance in 1999.
Ever since completion, the Packard has been very well maintained and reportedly shows today as nicely as when it was restored; the paint is still spectacular and the interior has only minor creasing from minimal use. The long-term owner notes that in the 12 years that he has been the car’s custodian, it has been well looked after but has never been shown, thus allowing a new owner to display it at the concours d’elegance of his or her choice.
A gorgeous Packard in the sportiest body style from the most desirable model year, this car has benefitted from excellent care and the finest craftsmen’s work. It would be a superb addition to any collection of American Full Classics.