Palm Beach | Lot 366
1934 Packard Eight Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton
The Schluter Collection
$130,000 USD | Sold
| West Palm Beach, Florida
20 - 28 March 2020
- Offered from the Schluter Collection
- One of just 40 built
- Well-preserved restoration
- Ideal for touring or showing
For many Packard collectors, the Packards built for 1934 represent the most attractive and desirable of the company’s pre-war efforts. Referred to by the factory and connoisseurs alike as the Eleventh Series, they were the final models with traditional open fenders, albeit gently skirted, and the upright “tombstone” radiator shell for which the company had become well-known. In addition, the chassis’s adjustable Ride Control suspension and Bijur automatic lubrication produced a car that was a dream to drive. Packard, the preeminent American luxury car marque, introduced the Eleventh Series cars on 21 August 1933 for the 1934 model year, and they remained in production through the following August.
The rare and desirable 1934 Eight Dual-Cowl phaeton offered here is a truly unmistakable landmark of Packard design. The conservative yet attractive lines of this automobile are simply unmistakable to Packard enthusiasts. Though all Eleventh Series Packards are uncommon and desirable, this Packard Eight Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton is particularly rare, as it is one of just 40 built. It was given a complete frame-off restoration in the late 1970s and received AACA honors in 1979. It remains in very good condition with only minor evidence of aging. The interior is trimmed in deep red leather seats, with matching paneling and matching carpets. Carpathian elm and American walnut trim complete the interior in unmistakably sophisticated style. The car is equipped with dual side-mount spares, wide whitewall tires, wind wings, dual chrome horns, spotlight, rear luggage rack, and cormorant hood ornament.
A nicely appointed older restoration, this is an ideal example for touring with the AACA or Packard Club. As one of just 40 built, it is highly unlikely that the car’s new owner will ever run across another example on the show field.